Posted 17 March 2013 - 01:32 AM
Nashville got bombed by Calgary too, and we played horribly in that game. It's been around a month of average play now and we're 7th in the league, borderline missing the playoffs.
That being said I believe the Canucks have the best chance to win a Cup this season than ever before and here's why:
- We have better depth than ever before, and better than most teams. Henrik, Daniel, Raymond, Higgins, Hansen and Burrows are all on pace for a 20 goal season over a full 82 game schedule. That's not even including Kesler and Booth who would be if they were healthy all season. That's 8 20-goal scorers, meaning we'd have a couple of 20 goal scorers on our 3rd line. If you look back at all the Cup winners, they all had 20-goal scorers on their 3rd line. Boston did. We didn't (Torres, Malhotra and Hansen, Hansen had 15).
- We have many more big, physical power forwards. Guys who can score but also hit. Namely Higgins, Kesler, Booth and even Hansen. You win Cups with these guys - not just guys who can hit but those who are great forecheckers and can score. That's not even mentioning Kassian, Lapierre and Pinizotto who are consistently throwing huge hits and all of whom are opportunistic scorers.
- We've got a MUCH bigger and more physical defence. Alberts, Garrison, Barker, Ballard and Bieksa are playing a very physical game this year and that's what you need in the playoffs to wear down opposing team's forwards. This is how Boston and Los Angeles throttled teams - by grinding them down physically, then scoring on an injured bunch of teams. If their forwards are broken down they can't score.
- We've got 2 great goalies, either of whom could catch lightning in a bottle at any time and go on a hot streak to win us a cup. AV is giving both guys a fair chance, it just takes one solid winning streak from either of them and they're both capable.
Right now the Canucks are much better suited for playoff hockey than regular season hockey. They're playing a much more grinding, physical game as opposed to the skill game they used to play, and it's a HUGE positive. I would much rather watch us get beaten by skill and speed right now, because in the playoffs checking is a lot tighter and opponents lose that element while we will thrive in that sort of environment. All we have to do is make the playoffs...