Can the Canucks Make a Come Back?
The heavily favoured Vancouver Canucks are now 0-3 to the LA Kings. The LA Kings barely even made the playoffs and are now dominating the series.
Can the Canucks still win?
Sedin is not the answer.
Many people have said that Daniel Sedin will make the difference. If he’s healthy the team can beat the Kings. He is flying to LA to practice with the team Tuesday, but things do not look good. He has already practiced with the team before game 2. His joining the team in a skate does not mean he will return. Additionally, it’s hard to say if Sedin even has what it takes to break the King’s goalie.
The Kings have a Hot Goalie
Quick has made some spectacular saves and has only let in a total of 4 goals in the last 3 games. He has a GAA of 1.33 and a save percentage of .965. In the last 2 games the Canucks had 89 shots on net. The problem is that Quick saved all but 2 of them.
Goaltending is not to blame.
The switch to Cory Schneider was unnecessary. Canucks fans are too hard on Luongo. He did well in both games that he played. Luongo faced nearly twice as many shots on net in the first game then Schneider had in Game 3. Both goalies have played well. Goaltending cannot be the scapegoat for this series.
The Vancouver defense can take partial blame though. The defense has had issues stopping the Kings forecheck, and the result has been too much time in their own end. It’s said that ‘defense wins championships’, and so far the Canucks defense doesn’t look like it can win anything.
Special Teams need to Step it Up
One of the Canucks biggest issues is the Canucks special teams. Throughout the season the Canucks had a strong power play and were 6th in the league for their penalty kill. For this series the Canucks have had an average penalty kill and their power play is -2 and they have a lousy 0/14 with the man advantage. If the Canucks are going to win, the special teams need to improve.
The Canucks also need to clean up their play. They have allowed 3 more penalties than any other team in this playoff season. The Kings have had 20 power plays throughout 3 games. The Canucks also had 5 more penalties that led to the Kings having a man advantage, or losing their own man advantage. Many of these penalties were unnecessary and they have hurt the Canucks.
Game 4 on Wednesday evening will be the deciding factor if the Canucks will be eliminated by way of the sweep.