The_Rocket Posted November 28, 2017 Share Posted November 28, 2017 Not trying to be negative, but something that I noticed that I thought would be interesting to discuss. Canucks have been incredibly unlucky in games that have gone past 60 this year. Even when they play very well in OT, bad puck luck or timely saves by the opposing goaltender results in a loss for the good guys. Shootout has been the same. So is this a big deal? i went back and looked at the last time we made the play offs in 2015. The team was kind of similar to the one today. Mix of young guys and vets, rookie coach, powered by a high scoring first line, etc. (Though I personally like this years team better). The 2015 team got 101 point and came second in the pacific. Los Angeles, who came 4th with 95 points, missed the playoffs. That means the Canucks made the playoffs by 6 points that season. They also had 18 games go to OT or shootout, and they won 13 of those (6 in SO, 7 in OT). If the Canucks had have lost 11 more games that ended in a tie after 60, they wouldn’t have made the playoffs that year. Now I don’t necessarily expect the Canucks to play 18 games in ot/shootout this year. Willie D was notorious for grinding games out to win by 1 or 2 goals. Canucks also led the league in Empty Net goals that year, indicating it wasn’t uncommon for them to enter the final minutes of a game in a very close score. But, the question still remains: will these lost points in OT come back to haunt the Canucks come spring? Does it even matter, since playoffs this year aren’t part of the long term goal? Side note: after seeing how many games the Canucks played that year that were grinded out with empty net goals or overtime/shootout wins, its really no surprise that when the Sedins scoring dried up (relatively speaking) the team could no longer compete playing this style. Can’t cling to leads if no one can get a goal to put in the lead to begin with. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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