I don’t want to be the guy that blames Roberto Luongo for this loss, but let’s be honest: all he had to do to win this game was stop literally every shot he faced. Do that, and the Canucks win. I mean, they gave him a goal. What more does he want? Two goals? Three? Don’t be ridiculous. The Canucks aren’t a basketball team. You get one goal.
Unfortunately, the Predators got two. Thanks for nothing, Luongo. Way to be a passenger. I watched this game.
Canucks 1 – 2 Predators
- Rough night for the Canucks’ powerplay. In fact, it’s probably a misnomer to call it a “power” play at this point, since it doesn’t provide or demonstrate power at all. It’s more of a regular play. Something by Eugene O’Neill, maybe. What we need to do is stop expecting it to produce goals and start examining what it’s trying to tell us about American life, and the ruinous nature of slow-growing disillusionment.
- The Canucks went 0-for-5 with the man advantage in this game, and at the most basic of level, it’s the reason they lost. You have to go at least 1-for-5, like Lou Pearlman did when he founded N*Sync. The Canucks needed just one Justin Timberlake. Instead, they gave us three Chris Kirkpatricks and two Joey Fatones.
- This was probably the game where Dan Hamhuis’s presence on the first-unit powerplay sent fans over the edge from curious to furious. It was impossible to miss Hamhuis’s seven — seven! — opportunities to bury the puck on the back-door play… unless you were Hamhuis.
- Some will say it’s time to take him off that top unit. After all, the Community Man has just two powerplay points all year, which is crazy, since plum powerplay time like that usually means points, unless you’re ill-suited for it. But here’s a theory: maybe it’s not Hamhuis. Maybe it’s the four other guys. After all, Hamhuis is way more comfortable working alongside the less fortunate, not those already teeming with ability. Put him on the ice with less-talented teammates and I’ll bet he thrives.
- Chris Higgins opening the scoring in this one, outbattling Ryan Ellis at the side of the Predators’ net to tip a Dale Weise pass up and over the shoulder of Carter Hutton. Hutton had no chance. Pucks aren’t supposed to jump like that — not even Mexican jumping pucks, because those aren’t a real thing.
- Sadly, that was just about it for anything even resembling Canuck offence in this game. They outshot Nashville 34-26, but they were hardly threatening shots. Seriously, a few of the shots were wearing white socks and sandals. One was wearing a fanny pack and a fleece vest. They were the dads of shots.
- On the bright side, Ryan Stanton came back from injury, and he still looks about as good as he did when the Canucks lost him. Granted, he was on the ice for the Predators’ game-tying goal, but it wasn’t his fault. The goal came after Kevin Bieksa lost an edge in the corner trying battling with Nick Spaling, leaving the area behind the net as conspicuously lacking in D as the last name “Spaling” itself. Unchecked, Spaling hit Craig Smith with a pass, and Smith did not hit Roberto Luongo with a shot.
- And then, to rub it in, the Predators scored the game-winner on a powerplay goal. You could hear the Canuck bench oohing and aahing.
- Another bright side: with Henrik Sedin and Mike Santorelli out of the lineup, there exists, at the very least, a reason why the Canucks might be struggling to score. Granted, they’ve been struggling offensively all year, but until Henrik returns, we can say it’s because of that. It’s like how Community got really contrived and lame once Dan Harmon left. Sure, season 3, before Harmon left, was pretty seriously hit-and-miss too, but ssssssshhhhhhh. Dan Harmon is back so everything is perfect now.
- Zack Kassian loses his helmet about once a game. One wonders if he knows the chinstrap is there to keep it fastened firmly to your head and not so the helmet can double as a bucket for Halloween candy.
- Alex Burrows will never score again. How bad is his luck? On the way home from the game, he stopped by Dairy Queen and ordered a Skor blizzard and they said, “Sorry, we’re all out of Skor. JUST LIKE YOU.” It was pretty rude, actually.