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1 hour ago, Trebreh said:

loved the effort from everyone, especially Hog, Juolevi and Eddie. 

 

Brock - gotta stop talking to Marky every time he makes a save. It was annoying to watch, second game he's done this. 

 

 

 

Just telling Marky he was lucky and his lucks gonna run out 

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Just now, aznmonk said:

Just telling Marky he was lucky and his lucks gonna run out 

Distracting the goalie never a bad thing. Looked like Marky was trying to ignore him at points. I say keep doing it 

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2 hours ago, DownUndaCanuck said:

As bad as this team has been, a 6 game winning streak puts us right back into playoff contention. Every win's worth 4 points so you never know.

 

I think all of the practices has finally paid off because the Canucks executed Green's gameplay perfectly tonight. This is what we saw in St. Louis and for most of the end of last season. It's a hard system to pull off because it's aggressive, two forecheckers and pinching defencemen, and for most of the season our timing on the neutral zone pinches has been wrong leading to all sorts of odd man rushes, but tonight we were cohesive and when that defenceman pinched, we had a forward back covering. Luckily, as good as we were, the Flames were average, and we won most of those pinches. Credit to Green for finally getting the boys to implement his system but now the question is whether or not this hole is too deep to dig out of, and whether we can sustain this consistently. I do worry that the system leaves us vulnerable and solid-structured teams like the Habs will still feast on us, but the system makes these average teams look horrible.

 

Top line was great tonight, Boeser again making chances out of nothing. Miller was average, still expect more from him.

 

Bo and Pearson had some solid fights along the boards and Hoglander is again our best players, winning just about every puck battle, maintaining possession so well and some nice shots and a post.

 

I thought Virtanen was alright, didn't generate much but skated well. Eriksson surprised me, skated terribly but he's got a smart quick stick that in the end won the empty netter. Even if we play him 9 minutes a game, he's worth it in the final seconds where we usually cough up the game. 4th line played well, Gaudette with some brilliant hustle on that forecheck to almost score a goal.

 

Defencemen were brilliant tonight but it all comes from support. In the first 5 games we were spread out all over the ice and had no one to pass to so our D were isolated, now they all were within a few feet of each other so could make quick passes or defend easier. Edler and Schmidt finally looked stable, Hughes and Myers with brilliant hard-worked goals, Benn was stable and Juolevi had a brilliant game.

 

Don't change a thing now but we've got to find a way to play this system well, consistently. It will still leak breakaway chances against us because of how much the D pinch so we have to be careful against Montreal and Toronto who will expose us, but if we play like this most nights we'll crawl back into the playoffs.

Yep being saying this about the team breakouts and D. That the D were being isolated and coughing up the puck because they were having a heavy forcheck go in on them with no where to move then puck as the rest of the team just lazed about by the offensive blue line. 
 

seeing the whole team put in the effort to get into position we can start to see NS ability to pick the right pass rather than rely on a wonder pass to get it through.

 

it’s not surprising that’s we get back into the W when we get a whole team effort 

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2 hours ago, Trebreh said:

loved the effort from everyone, especially Hog, Juolevi and Eddie. 

 

Brock - gotta stop talking to Marky every time he makes a save. It was annoying to watch, second game he's done this. 

 

 

 

BB trying to find a home in Markies mind...

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2 hours ago, DownUndaCanuck said:

As bad as this team has been, a 6 game winning streak puts us right back into playoff contention. Every win's worth 4 points so you never know.

 

I think all of the practices has finally paid off because the Canucks executed Green's gameplay perfectly tonight. This is what we saw in St. Louis and for most of the end of last season. It's a hard system to pull off because it's aggressive, two forecheckers and pinching defencemen, and for most of the season our timing on the neutral zone pinches has been wrong leading to all sorts of odd man rushes, but tonight we were cohesive and when that defenceman pinched, we had a forward back covering. Luckily, as good as we were, the Flames were average, and we won most of those pinches. Credit to Green for finally getting the boys to implement his system but now the question is whether or not this hole is too deep to dig out of, and whether we can sustain this consistently. I do worry that the system leaves us vulnerable and solid-structured teams like the Habs will still feast on us, but the system makes these average teams look horrible.

 

Top line was great tonight, Boeser again making chances out of nothing. Miller was average, still expect more from him.

 

Bo and Pearson had some solid fights along the boards and Hoglander is again our best players, winning just about every puck battle, maintaining possession so well and some nice shots and a post.

 

I thought Virtanen was alright, didn't generate much but skated well. Eriksson surprised me, skated terribly but he's got a smart quick stick that in the end won the empty netter. Even if we play him 9 minutes a game, he's worth it in the final seconds where we usually cough up the game. 4th line played well, Gaudette with some brilliant hustle on that forecheck to almost score a goal.

 

Defencemen were brilliant tonight but it all comes from support. In the first 5 games we were spread out all over the ice and had no one to pass to so our D were isolated, now they all were within a few feet of each other so could make quick passes or defend easier. Edler and Schmidt finally looked stable, Hughes and Myers with brilliant hard-worked goals, Benn was stable and Juolevi had a brilliant game.

 

Don't change a thing now but we've got to find a way to play this system well, consistently. It will still leak breakaway chances against us because of how much the D pinch so we have to be careful against Montreal and Toronto who will expose us, but if we play like this most nights we'll crawl back into the playoffs.

Great points and I would add that the deployment in the d core was very balanced 

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I see the same people bashing us the last six games are now getting over excited for one win. Typical bandwagon fans. For those calling out the flames at the end there, you’d be pissed too if one of their players elbowed one of our best players in the head. You guys make us look bad as fans. Stop bitching and acting like whiny entitled brats. 

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1 hour ago, Law of Goalies said:

Man, you really didn't watch the game.

Watched it start to finish, Jake played soft in both ends and looked lazy, he does everything at half speed. He plays on a team where a 20-year-old second round pick has passed him up by playing the right way. With his gifts, if Jake just played 75% as hard as Hoglander, he would be a star.

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1 hour ago, Smashian Kassian said:

 

Virt was skating alot better, and had a better game relative to this season. But I feel like we are really lowering the bar calling this a good game for Virtanen. 

 

Last year he had 18 goals, was on a 21 goal pace. He brought a jolt to the team semi-consistently, was a legit top 9 scorer, had success with Pettersson, exc. This year he's really been a shell of what he was last season. 

 

Its been a step back this year, no question. And at this point I think we need to move on from the kid gloves treatment. He's not 21 & he's proven that he's a good player - capable of more. 

It's really hard for a player to not play some games, play on all four lines if playing to tey to get going. He is those players that need to play more. To be honest, only the top two lines have played with each other more than a couple of games. They are so much more successful (besides the fact they are also very talented) 

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