Ronning's Ghost wrote: Jovocop wrote:
It is just the Canucks luck.
You guys are so used to coming out on the wrong end of the favour of the Hockey Gawds that you don't know what it looks like when they throw you a bone.
I like that you've put a silver lining on things. And you provide great reasons.
But it is far from ideal. Being in the playoff race, with young players taking on key roles and their roster spots, that's ideal for their development. And for entertainment. Losing is a cancer. Thinking you've "made it" by holding down a roster spot on a 75 point team is like pouring a bowl of cereal and calling yourself a chef.
This team looked like a team that could battle for a playoff spot a week ago. The record wasn't fluky. The success was earned. There was obviously room for improvement, but step by step the confidence was growing.
Exit two guys on the first line to combine with loss of 2 guys on the checking line that was such a big part of a decent October and what do you have?
A team that is looking like and playing like their dog got hit by a car. Or their season is over.
Now we've only seen 3 games without Horvat (and mostly without Baerstchi). There is time to get it back together. But I don't think there is the personnel. Still, the dangerous thing isn't whether they get it back together, it is whether they shake the expect-to-lose mentality that I fear is creeping in.