Check out the scoring chance stats rather than just shooting. Hitting the goalies crest with a perimeter shot still counts as a shot but really does nothing to generate a scoring chance. Even more importantly, you still have to bury those scoring chances which other teams seem much more effective at doing thatn the Canucks right now.
The real issue is that the Canucks do not even look like they are on the same page on the ice anymore. Whether on offense or defence they have no cohesion as a five man unit. On the PP too it seems like they are not all on the same page about who should be doing what.
Other teams I watch have much less talent but work a lot harder and the strategy on the ice is much easier to identify based on all players looking like they are following it.
It blows me away that people blindly like AV so much that they are willing to suggest with a straight face that this team is working hard and playing well.
Wallstreet its honestly rare that I would agree with practically everything someone would say about this team right now but reading your posts makes all kinds of sense and I cant help but agree, mostly because you express your thoughts clearly and I can tell that it comes from a logical thought process as well as an investigative eye by looking past the stats that people seem to put so much weight into.
I titally know what you mean.. watching other teams on their pp and pk, watching their techniques and strategy 5v5, seeing their abilities in the shootouts, it really does make the canucks look like they are all out of alignment..it seems like since they have changed so mucb in terms of the roster, bringing in garrison after losing salo, losing hodgson and bringing in kassian, these changes really appear to have hurt the team identity.
This team used to be about speed and skill over muscle and strength, but now it just seems like a mess of both.. we have players now that are fast and skilled but appear to not be finishers (booth, raymond) and tougher players that dont help to provide anything at all really in the way of offense (kassian, lapierre, weise). Even kesler has not been a real scoring threat for a while now.. if the sedins are shut down in a game atm the likelyhood that we will outscore our opponant and not be forced to rely solely on the defence and goaltenders is slim to none..
Im not even sure what type of game the canucks are playing right now.. is it offense until we're up two goals and then hang back and buckle down to preserve the lead? It sure seems like it to me.. yet the way the players are playing it would appear to me they are not able to make the system work for them and I feel like that comes back to AV not adjusting to the strengths that the team does have
I really hope they can turn it around because watching the canucks right now is like hearing about amanda bynes or lindsay lohan.. a trainwreck but you cant help but stay invested..