The Canucks' sputtering offence
Got a call from my old man earlier tonight, and as per usual, we talked a little hockey. I generally get pretty good local tidbits on the Canucks and Blazers from friends and family, the kind of stuff that doesn't quite reach us out here.
Dad's a B.C. guy, born and raised, and has been a Vancouver fan since pretty much Day 1. He was watching in '82 and '94, and even during the unwatchable years ('07), and usually has a pretty good handle on the buzz around the team, even during preseason.
This year, so far anyway, it's not good. Something called Canucks TV has been showing the games, and I guess Saturday's was particularly ugly.
Vancouver was outshot 37-10 in a 3-1 loss to the Sharks.
Of course, it's preseason, the Coyotes are 3-1-1, T.J. Hensick leads the league in scoring and Craig Anderson has been the NHL's top goaltender. Jeremy Roenick even scored on the power play.
A lot can change when the games start to mean something.
The Canucks were a middle-of-the-pack team in shots on goal last season, so this isn't really a pattern, but an inability to generate offence certainly was. Vancouver was 28th last season in 5-on-5 goal scoring and, inexplicably, failed to add a single weapon up front over the summer.
They may win, and compete for the Northwest Division title again, but I don't think this is a team that's going to give Dad much to talk about this season.
It's too bad we're not from Pittsburgh.