This game tonight against the Kings suddenly went from poor to really poor for the Canucks. The only bright side is that the Sedins are still in tact with racking up points,no other line has racked up points(Keslers line has to get going badly),playing with the lines worked out decently. But this game just got ahead of us when Brown scored the 3-1 goal 50 seconds after Daniel scored. After that it was all downhill.Mitchell must be happy,ah well,the Hurricaines on Sunday. This time we better win.
Positives: Sedins are still racking up points.
Negatives: Ballard possibly injuried
-Keslers line not working out efficently enough
-Shots not getting through
-Is it me or are some of the Canucks just passing too roughly.
-Luongo wobbling the puck isn't good(also slightly bumped by Kesler and was slow to get up)
We should run a few practises with different lines perhaps so we can get the lines going. We need Burrows back,perhaps even Salo with the possible injury to Ballard. Bieksa looked weak with the Kopitar move on him which gave Brown a tap in. Torres taking a few penalties,clumsy penalties for the Canucks are not good,we need to improve. Lets hope for the best that the Canucks other lines get going,and Ballard is okay.The outcome of the game was not intended obviously,lets not let it get to us,its a young season.
Yeah I'd say the time to yank one's head out of one's butt has come. They really are playing well at times but for me it's lack of finish on the 2nd and 3rd line. You mentioned that Kesler's line isn't producing and I agree that they need to step up big time. I'd certainly remove Hansen from the line and get Tambillini in the game.
Sedins with Shaefer.
Raymond Kesler Samualsson
Tamby Maholtra Torres
Glass Rypien Desbo.
Moving Shaefer up to the top line will get him the opportunity to use that great shot more often. He's not playing well at the moment and I think it's due in part to the emotional roller coaster he's been on. It's very normal for someone to have a moment of exhaustion once they achieve their goal; he's entire focus has been making it back to the show and now that he's here he's checked out for a moment. Time to boost his energy.
Torres needs to play even harder in my opinion.
Kesler is brooding cause he's second fiddle to Hank. The moment he stops feeling sorry for himself he will take off.
Raymond is looking very good. Very strong but he's not gelling with anyone at the moment. He and Kesler really need to take control of their game and get back to what they did well. Raymond may really be the games next 40 goal man but he's really going to have to take it up to another level for that to happen. He's got the skills he just has to learn how to make it all happen at the same time.
Malholtra has been okay. I've not been blown away by him aside from his 70 + % in the FO circle twice in the past four games I can only ask that he brings that every night. However more is needed from him. And for a group that has the puck that much we sure could use finding the net some more.
All in all, too much "cute" plays and not enough Gary Roberts style hockey. Look what happened against Florida when Daniel went to the net? Kesler, Malholtra, Torres, Shaefer are all skating around trying to play on the perimeter. All perimeter play does is make everyone feel good about themselves, it doesn't produce goals unless your name is Daniel or Henrik.
Time to tighten it up, bury our chances and keep it simple!
And if Ballard's out he's out. This team's been through nothing but injuries for the past half a decade. IF there's one thing I know they can do is win when someone goes down.
I predict an offensive outburst is coming very soon. This team has way too much firepower to not have a break out game.