VanGnome Posted December 14, 2016 Share Posted December 14, 2016 Quote WE’RE CALLING THE ELECTION A lot of people were calling this a lost season for the Canucks even before it began. And the people who didn’t call it then probably knew when Vancouver lost nine straight games after a 4-0 start that that was it. But if we needed a defining game, a moment of finality, to write off this Canucks season it was tonight’s atrocious loss in Carolina. No team as desperate as the Canucks, without any margin for error left, can afford to blow a three-goal third-period lead on the road and lose 8-6 to a Hurricanes team that is good at home but otherwise screams mediocrity. It’s over. It’s over in the standings, where a week before Christmas the Canucks are four games under .500 (12-16-2) and four points out of a wildcard playoff spot – a gap that seems smaller than it actually is because the teams they need to catch have played fewer games. It’s over in the dressing room, where the team will be utterly dispirited having finished a 1-4 road trip by allowing four goals in six minutes at the start of the third period to turn a three-goal lead into a one-goal deficit. It’s just over. WILLIE OR WON’T HE It was a loss so bad, the Canucks’ defending so inept when it counted most, we were wondering post-game if Willie Desjardins would be invited on the team charter home. Since that 0-8-1 dive to the bottom of the NHL, Desjardins has seemed about one awful week away from losing his job. Well, it’s only Tuesday. But this eight-day road trip, taken in its entirety, is as discouraging as any segment this season for the Canucks. Having clawed back some confidence and at least a little momentum by going 7-4-1 in the four weeks after their nine-game faceplant, the Canucks have matched their nadir by returning to four games under .500. Maybe with Mattias Ohlund, a good friend of Canuck president Trevor Linden, being honoured Friday when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit Vancouver, management didn’t want the focus to be on a new coach. Maybe, having seen how ham-handed and amateurish the Florida Panthers looked two weeks ago when they fired Gerard Gallant after a road game, Linden and general manager Jim Benning want to let the emotions of Tuesday night settle and before making a calm, measured decision. Or maybe they know this isn’t really Desjardins’ fault, and maybe the coach should have the benefit of at least one of his best two defencemen in the lineup before he is judged. But this four-game homestand – Tampa, Columbus and Winnipeg twice – could prove every bit as difficult for Vancouver as were the last five games on the road. It’s impossible to see this ending well for Desjardins or the Canucks. WHERE ART THOU TANEV, RODIN? Swedish League MVP Anton Rodin played more than any Canuck in the pre-season before he was pulled out of the lineup with a week to go to rest his sore knee. That was more than two months ago and we haven’t seen him since. And vital defenceman Chris Tanev sits out three games in October due to an ankle injury, then gets shoved back into the lineup on Nov. 2 in the first half of back-to-back road games, and hasn’t played since. What rehab program are these guys on? With the Canuck power play and team defence ranked 27th in the NHL, it’s obvious both Tanev and Rodin have been missed. They’d have made a difference. http://vancouversun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/vancouver-canucks/macintyres-three-thoughts-its-over-for-the-canucks-probably-over-for-desjardins?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_source=Facebook&utm_term=Autofeed#link_time=1481689463 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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