The problem isn't the refs. They were their usual incompetent, pathetic selves, showing bias and missing obvious penalties.
As easy as it is to say that we should have received more calls, the truth is that the Canucks didn't show up. Now I know that a lot of people floating around in the CDC get their knickers in a twist when the team gets ridiculed. The heartbroken "true" fans accuse those who criticize the team of being bandwagoners.
To me that is the easy way out. Criticize and you no longer are a fan. This either your with us or against us mentality is just sad. I am a supporter of the Canucks and have been for many years. That doesn't change.
What happened tonight, which was thankfully paired with an equally horrid loss by the Wild to the Sharks, was proof that this team has a few loose ends to tie up. Anyone who denies this should have themselves committed.
The defense has been executing much better lately. Edler, Garrison, Ballard, and Alberts have improved greatly since the beginning of the season. Bieksa has been playing injured, or at least comprimised. Hamhuis has lost his way somewhat as well. Our top shutdown pair for the last two years has been split up and while Bieksa was finding his game lately, they should have stayed together.
The lines aren't working
Barker is a forgone issue. He has to go and go now. He is not a player you want on the ice for the playoffs. He proved that tonight. Joslin will be in for him against Detroit. It would be wise to extract Vandermeer from the Wolves to get him ready for the playoffs. As the physicality increases, having a certified, dare I say, elite pugilist in our line up bodes well for the coming weeks.
The forwards have been streaky but lately have found some consistency. How could you not with a line up that includes Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Derek Roy, Daniel Sedin, and the rest? The lines however again
aren't working. The top line isn't producing because they lack a physical threat. Burrows plays like a guy twice his size mind you. Going after Weber, and then Backes? Ballsy. But he hasn't seemed to have been the deterrent they needed.
Kesler is playing well but needs the right line mates. If AV is willing to put Kesler on the wing, then why not put him with the Sedins? Roy could centre the second with Burrows and Higgins, Schroeder with Raymond and Hansen, and Lapierre with Weise and Kassian. Sestito has been a bust, but Pinnizotto looks like th.e real deal
There is only so much a goaltender can do when a team is in disarray like the Canucks are. Both Luongo and Schneider have the severe misfortune of being a pair of elite goaltenders with bullseyes on their backs. The idea that a goalie should be able to steal a game when the defense disappears is pure stupidity. This is a team sport and this reliance on goaltenders exposes the truth. They are the best tandem in the league, hands down. They can't do it all, all the time.
Truth is Alain Vigneault has a team as good as any
in the NHL. We have a great roster. Talented, experienced, a tad weathered, but still able to win it all. That is, with another coach. The team lacks consistency because that's what they see from him. The constant shuffling of the lines, the flip a coin goalie mentality.....it's Vigneault.
He is predictable. Daniel admitted he had become predictable, but really who helps players get out of ruts. Coaches right?
Vigneault, Bowness, and Brown are stale and have run out ideas. This team deserves better. Hell, they ran out of ideas in the Stanely Cup Finals. I mean, who leaves a goalie in for more than for goals against........Vigneault.
This team is more than good enough. Not just on paper. We've seen it. Against LA earlier this season. That was a dominating performance against the Stanley Cup champions.
Edited by Canuck-a-nuck, 19 April 2013 - 01:17 AM.