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So what 'bout the Canuck's specialty teams?

The PK seems to be going well (only 2 PK goals against, so 19 out of 20, good for 3rd in the league with 90.5%) with the Sedins back in the mix, but the PP is another matter... a dismal 25th place with only 2 goals in 19 chances...

What 'bout plugging Kassian in front of the net on the 1st unit (and let him build some Bertuzzi skills and confidence)? Move Kesler to quarterback the 2nd unit and ensure Santorelli is there to buzz around?

Daniel-Henrik-Kassian / Garrison-Bieska

Santorelli-Kesler-Booth / Hamius-Tanev

Vancouver Province: Dreadful Kesler, Higgins and Booth the chief culprits in bottom-feeding power play

http://blogs.theprov...ing-power-play/

It’s another game day, and we old-timers can’t help but think of the days when Canucks teams used to quake at the thought of a game in Philadelphia. The team may still be quaking, but it has nothing to do with the opposition. It’s how the Canucks are playing which most likely has them terrified, as we begin our hat trick of issues surrounding the club.

1. The one given at the start of the season was that if the Canucks were going to improve from last year in any way, the power play would have to be significantly improved. Well, it’s early and the sample size is still very small, and could easily be changed with one or two good nights with the man advantage. However, in the six games played to date the Canucks find themselves in 25th place on the power play, which is three spots worse than where they finished last year. The problems are pretty obvious. Ryan Kesler has been largely comatose on the first unit, which breaks down unless it can get a shot from Jason Garrison, and now they’re missing the other point man, Alex Edler, for two more games because of his suspension. The twins have been effective for most of this early season but they also have to take some blame here, because they’re out on every PP and when it doesn’t work, the responsibility lands in their lap, deserved or not. Further, others like Chris Higgins and David Booth, on the second unit, have been dreadful, so it’s not terribly difficult to see why it’s off to a horrible start.

2. Speaking of Edler, you have to laugh at the video the NHL put out to try to explain why they’re giving him three games — a ruling that has many around the league shaking their head. Clearly, the best part is when Brendan Shanahan suggests that Edler should have taken a different angle to hit the Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl, instead of the one he did. If he did as the video suggests, the hit would have clearly constituted an interference penalty, as it would have meant that Edler was no longer heading for the puck, in hopes of getting to it, but rather getting in the way of Hertl before he could get to the same puck. It would be a clear penalty. And that’s absurd, considering he didn’t get a penalty during the game from referees Dennis LaRue and Justin St. Pierre, when he made the hit. But here’s Shanahan suggesting he take a route toward Hertl that would almost certainly be a classic case of interference. But that’s what supplementary discipline has become in the NHL now: totally arbitrary and completely unpredictable. Dale Weise takes a determined, cocked elbow run at the Oilers’ Taylor Hall during the pre-season and gets suspended for three exhibition games. But Edler, going for the puck against a guy who is lunging so that his head is about three feet off the ice, gets three regular season games for a hit with absolutely no intent, because he is a repeat offender. The problem is his first conviction, for hitting Mike Smith behind the Phoenix goal, was a similar borderline call last year. Admittedly, the hit on Eric Staal at the World Championship last spring wasn’t good, but that doesn’t explain the absurd nature of this NHL video.

3. It’s not time to panic, with respect to the start being experienced by Dan Hamhuis, the pride of Smithers. He’s normally the Canucks’ best defenceman, with his immaculate handling of the puck. But he did this two years ago, coming out of the gate struggling, but as soon as people started to notice that he’d had a run of sub-par games, things suddenly returned to normal and he began having another terrific season. That hasn’t happened yet, and there’s no question seeing him with a minus-4, after being a cumulative plus-71 in his time as a Canuck, is nothing short of alarming. It makes you wonder whether he’s healthy, whether he’s not a big fan of whatever John Tortorella is trying to make this team do in its own end, and anything else that comes to mind. But it’s probably wise to wait a little bit longer before hitting the panic button. Then again, that’s not really our style in Vancouver, is it?

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Holy this...is an article that is not entirely 100% critical of the team.

Who wrote this?

Did the regulars take a day off or is Tortorella holding a knife to their throats when they are writing this?

Truth about the PP no question. but get a proper PP QB and that playmaking winger back and this team is laughing all the way to the WCF. Which is to say hurry up Jensen and Schroeder....you can only help

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We will never have a great powerplay until we have a true offensive Dman.

Garrison, Edler, Hammer, juice are all complementary pieces.

Erhoff wasn't a defensive beast by any means but he did jive nicely with the Sedins.

Subban is about the only player with that potential in our system and he is 5 years away minimum.

Even a cup winning team like Boston don't have that guy and it shows on their PP.

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We will never have a great powerplay until we have a true offensive Dman.

Garrison, Edler, Hammer, juice are all complementary pieces.

Erhoff wasn't a defensive beast by any means but he did jive nicely with the Sedins.

Subban is about the only player with that potential in our system and he is 5 years away minimum.

Even a cup winning team like Boston don't have that guy and it shows on their PP.

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Maybe JUST maybe....the scoring woes could be cured if instead of the 5v5 dump in we had a guy who could actually break into the zone by himself instead of watching opposing defencemen skate to the corners in anticipation of the shoot in?

Or maybe on the PP if we could have a guy break in on a line with another player instead of the drop pass?

Maybe just stop being so bloody predictable and using the same old tired tricks for a while and then those same old tired tricks would work more if used more sparingly?

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The 1st unit is generating chances, we could use a better option than Kes on that line but we don't have one. 2nd unit needs to get Kass in front of the net and there should be a rule about having booth and higgins on the ice at the same time. 2 guys that can't score, good idea..

Jensen should be on the team, I don't really care about his play away from the puck. He'd help the PP and can't possibly be worse than our 3rd line is right now. Add Schroeder, Jensen and Burr when he's back and we might actually be able to roll 3 or 4 lines without instantly losing the game.

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Take Kesler off the first unit, for one thing. Demote him to unit 2 until he gets back to the basics.

I don't understand why the first unit hasn't been adjusted for two years of bad power-plays.

Unfortunately, Kassian isn't the answer either, because he simply doesn't work hard enough to maintain puck possession.

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