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Vancouver Canucks at Anaheim Ducks: L0-4

The Canucks were dominated in the first period of the game. They didn't dig themselves out of the hole they'd dug for themselves, and lost the game by a sizable difference. Ah, well. It happens.
No Canucks players really distinguished themselves, this game.
The rookie, Jake Virtanen was injured, and didn't play the whole game.
I'll note Bieksa looked fine playing for the Ducks. Seems to be skating smoothly and comfortably. Shame he was run out of Vancouver, but at least he's playing for a contender, now. The Canucks do miss his ability to get shots on the net from the point, though. No one's really replaced that in this lineup.
The Canucks are in severe need of one more penalty killing forward. Their PK is killing them one blown PK at a time.
As a team, the Canucks have probably shown everything they're capable of this season. They can get hot, and string off a few wins, but it'll probably be win one, lose one for the most part.
In terms of advanced stats, they're around average in pretty much every respect. Oddly, they're fantastic at getting shots on net, but they're terrible for volume shooting. I suppose that's the influence of the Sedins on the lineup. Top heavy. No depth.
The younger players are improving, but unless they make huge strides in their development as the season continues along, it probably won't be enough. The Canucks are in severe danger of missing the playoffs. Being on the outside, looking in, at this point in the season, it may be premature to state they're likely to miss out this year, but then again, we should have a pretty good idea by now of how things will shake out, in the end.
Ah, well. Let's not speak of the future.


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