Everybody Hates Raymond Posted March 8, 2015 Share Posted March 8, 2015 Seriously, I see all of this sky is falling crap on the boards this season... So I decided to take a look at the cold, hard facts. Against, the Western Conference, the Canucks are .500 or more against 7 teams. - San Jose - Edmonton - Calgary - St Louis - Chicago - Colorado - Winnipeg So, let's look at the teams they AREN'T .500 or more against. - Anaheim - Nashville - Arizona - Minnesota - Dallas - Los Angeles Anaheim... We lost two very close hard fought games in shootouts. We still fought to get extra points out of two of those games. We have one win, and one regulation loss. A record of 1-1-2 isn't awful especially considering that the Canucks are EXTREMELY better in regulation play than in the shootout. Nashville? They went on a hot streak this year and destroyed everyone in their path. Now, they're falling back to Earth. They're no longer the first overall team in the league or the West, going 2-7-1 in their last 10. We can easily come back from our 0-2 record and give them a fight to the bone in the playoffs. Arizona is 1-1-1. A strong win at 7-1, and a tough loss at 5-0. I'd be a lot more worried about this if the Coyotes weren't tanking. No need to worry about them going into the playoffs. Minnesota is peculiar. The games have been close as all get out, though 1-2, and our win came DURING the injury extravaganza the Canucks were dealt. During the regular season, the Minny home games tend to be these weird afternoon games... Don't have to deal with that in the playoffs. Pretty big toss-up, but a healthy Canucks team can butt heads with the Wild, without a doubt in my mind. Dallas isn't a worry. They're 8 points out of 8th with Calgary having a game in hand. 0-2 against them... One game where Lehtonen stood on his head, and another where the Canucks lost the scoring race 6-3. Not some insurmountable barrier if they somehow match up against us in the playoffs. Los Angeles is a sketchy situtation. The Canucks are 0-2 against them, with one close loss at 3-2 and one big loss at 5-1. While LA is currently in 9th, they're certainly the most likely team to be able to take over Calgary, and they're as dangerous as you can get when you match up with them in the playoffs. A rough, tough series. Would be up to Miller and the Sedins to lead the charge, but I believe that the big difference maker versus the 2012 series is that the Canucks finally have 4 lines that can contribute. They can take LA in 7 if they try their hardest, and worst case scenario the Canucks could beat them up to Hell and back for the next team. Revenge might be on their mind too... Against the Eastern Conference, the Canucks are .500 or more against 14 teams. - Montreal - Detroit - Boston - Florida - Ottawa - Buffalo - New York Islanders - New York Rangers - Pittsburgh - Washington - Philadelphia - New Jersey - Columbus - Carolina The teams that they AREN'T .500 or more against? - Toronto - Tampa Bay Toronto isn't making the playoffs let alone the finals. Tampa is dangerous. The Canucks have been outscored 8-3 this season by them, and Bishop has been crazy. They have phenomenal depth scoring and lots of star power offensively. 0-2 against them this year. If the Canucks want to stand a chance, strong defence and goaltending is the only way to beat them. However, 5 Eastern teams have a .500 or higher record against them this year, and at least 4 of them seem to be making the playoffs. They have just a long of a road ahead of them as Vancouver, coupled with an inexperienced roster. tl;dr: Canucks have played well against, and have .500 or higher records against 21 teams, with 13 of them being playoff contenders. Have faith! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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