In their first game of the season, the Canucks battled hard but were unable to win the game in regulation in their home opener. In the shootout, the opposition’s star forward and best offensive defenceman scored on Luongo, while neither Canuck shooter could score.
In their second game, the Canucks squeezed out a one-goal victory against one of the worst teams in the league, with the top-line scoring the gamewinner in the third period.
In the third game, the Canucks fell one goal short in a high-scoring game that featured 2 powerplay goals for both teams, resulting in a 1-1-1 record to start the season.
Thing is, I’m not talking about this season. I’m talking about last season, where the Canucks lost to the Kings in the shootout, then just barely beat the Panthers before losing to the Ducks 4-3 in their third game. Their 1-1-1 start is eerily similar to their start this season, right down to the order of their win, loss, and overtime loss. The Canucks earned 3 points in their first 3 games in both seasons.
In case anyone needs reminding, the Canucks won the Presidents’ Trophy last season with the best record in the NHL and went to the Stanley Cup Final. And yet, there seems to be a lot of worry and concern amongst the Canucks’ fanbase. Or, at least, the Team 1040 seemed to think there was as I listened to the radio this morning. Is anyone actually worried? If so, they shouldnn’t be.
Things can even get worse and I would still not be too worried. Last season, the Canucks lost 3 of their next 4 games after their 1-1-1 start, one of them in the shootout. They subsequently went on a 6-game winning streak, but still didn’t seem to properly get their game together until after the infamous Voldemort game on November 20th. So far, the Canucks have played poorly and still taken 3 points in 3 games. They lost one game in the shootout, with their other loss being by just one goal.
Essentially, I’m asking that no one flip the pool just yet, or even if the Canucks play poorly for a few games more. There is no cause for concern or rather, the concerns that might arise are fixable and seem temporary. The Canucks have started the season almost identically to last season: while this doesn’t mean the Canucks will win the Presidents’ Trophy or have the same type of season as last year, it does mean that there is no reason to worry.
So everyone, take a step back, take a breath, and relax. If you get stressed out after the third game of the season, you’re going to have a stress-induced stroke by game 20. It’s just not healthy.Tags: Canucks, featured, Flip the pool