It’s no surprise to fans that the Canucks powerplay is struggling. After an incredible start to the season that saw the team once again lead the league in powerplay percentage, it crashed and burned in the second half of the season. The powerplay was 4-for-42 in their last 10 games, and that’s just an arbitrary round number of games to select. Other than a 4-for-11 outburst against the Boston Bruins, the Canucks powerplay hasn’t truly been good since December.
On Friday night against the Los Angeles Kings, however, the team’s powerplay woes went from troubling to truly disastrous. On two Willie Mitchell holding penalties, the Canucks not only couldn’t score, but also gave up two shorthanded goals to Dustin Brown. It’s gotten to the point that fans everywhere wish the team could just decline the penalty and continue to play 5-on-5, where the Canucks have actually outscored the Kings 4-3 in the first two games.
Considering most people still think of the Canucks as a team that tries to draw penalties and beat you on the powerplay, including the Canucks themselves, it’s not surprising that this power outage has led to an identity crisis in Vancouver. Something needs to change and the Canucks can’t count on the return of Daniel Sedin. According to Kristin Reid, not only will Daniel not be travelling to Los Angeles with the team, he won’t be back for the rest of the series.
The Canucks may need to do something drastic. Here are 10 crazy ideas to fix the powerplay:
1. David Booth has one of the best points-per-60 minutes rate on the powerplay on the team and his straight-forward, drive-to-the-net style may solve some of the Canucks problems in gaining the zone. Put him on the first unit.
2. Last season, Marc-Andre Gragnani led the Sabres in playoff scoring with 7 points in 7 games. 5 of those points were powerplay points. Bring him in on the bottom pairing and use him as a powerplay specialist.
3. Put Zack Kassian on the first unit as a net front presence.
4. Here’s a novel idea: fake the drop pass in the neutral zone.
5. Have Alex Edler spend entire powerplay behind own net with the puck to prevent shorthanded goals.
6. Bring Cory Schneider in…as a powerplay quarterback.
8. Put a picture of Duncan Keith behind the opposition net to encourage Henrik to shoot more.
9. The Flying V.
10. Tell Alex Edler that you’ve replaced his stick with a magic stick that never breaks and will always score. The boost in confidence should work wonders. When the stick inevitably breaks, you let him know the magic was inside him all along.Tags: Blogs are for lists, Canucks, playoffs, powerplay, Questionable Comedic Content