VANCOUVER, CANADA - MAY 24: Captain Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks poses with the Clarence Campbell Trophy after the Vancouver Canucks defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in double-overtime in Game Five to win the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Arena on May 24, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Bieksa got the game-winning goal in the second overtime to win the series four games to two. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Lord Stanley's Cup.
That's the only thing Canucks fans care about.
How many times have you heard Leafs, Oilers and Flames fans saying, "Well at least we have a cup!"
You hear it said even more when their teams are struggling, which is often and lately.
I would take 1 Stanley Cup over 100 consecutive seasons winning the President's Trophy for having the best record in the league. Right now however, its all about making the playoffs.
So how are the Canucks doing at the half way point of their season.
Remember where they were at the end of November? The Canucks record was 13-10-5. At that time they sat in 9th place in the Western Conference. 3 points up on 10th place Nashville and 11th place Winnipeg.
They went 10-1-2 in December, pushing themselves into 7th place in the conference, 1 point behind L.A. and 3 points behind San Jose. Vancouver actually has a game in hand over San Jose.
It isn't all roses though. They have 2 blaring holes in their play right now.
When the Canucks score first, they have a record of 14-3-3. When they don't get the first goal, their record slips to 9-8-4. Scoring first is a must.
Then there is the magic number. When the Canucks score 3 goals in a game, they are 18-0-2. They are 9-0-2 when they score exactly 3 goals. Anything less and it's 5-11-5.
Back to the good.
If you think the Canucks have struggled finishing games, think again. The Canucks are 15-1-2 this year when leading after 2 periods. Seems better than you expected didn't it?
At the end of the season, if they continue this level of play they should finish somewhere in the bottom 4 and start the playoffs on the road.
The Canucks don't have the same expectations on them this year. We keep hearing they are too old or they don't have enough goal scoring. If the Canucks get into the second season, they might have the confidence and potential to knock off a big team like Anaheim or Chicago.
Right now, it's just getting to the dance that matters.