I have no faith in this team or its coaching staff. We have watched them play this kind of beer league calibre hockey for almost 2 months. Yes there have been some explosions on the scoreboard, yes there have been nights where the PP clicked, but since the all-star break we have seen a steady decline in this team's performance outside of the crease.
Every opponent we have faced has read our mail. They have known our playbook at least as well as our own players and they have setup accordingly. To this point our coaching staff has added NOTHING to that playbook to throw the other team off even an iota. Our defensemen turn the puck over almost every time they get pressured down low in our end. Our wingers try these weak chip passes out to the slot that don't have enough mustard on them to make a worthwhile hotdog, our penalty kill lets the other PP setup and then tries to contain them outside. Nothing is working there.
On offense our wingers get in each other's way, the point men can't handle a pass even if the forwards give them a good one, our shots don't get through, our weakside support is non-existant, the defense gets to every puck first, our dump and chase game is too slow and we enter the zone with all the speed of a wheel chair going up a ramp.
Our goaltending has been nothing short of stellar. Even despite Luongo's regular season gaffs, the President's Trophy should not read Vancouver Canucks 2011-2012, it should read Cory Schneider/Roberto Luongo 2011-2012.
Luongo has looked nothing but dialed in in the first two games, and the team in front of him can't even put it together for him. If these losers could give him a 2 point lead to work with he looks ready to win 16 games for them. I would say 1 goal would be enough but with the officiating and retarded players on this team we are bound to give up a goal while being down 2 men or in the box for 5 minutes.
Edler should sit and Rome should play. There it is, I said it. Edler is lost. He's slow, he's unfocused, he can't pass, he can't shoot, he can't hit, and we know he won't fight. Sit him, he's hurting us on the ice more than he's going to ever help us at this rate.
Hansen doesn't gel with Burrows and Hank. The whole time Henrik was controlling the puck he had nowhere to go and Burrows was scrambling to find room because Hansen just stood on the top of the crease and plugged up the entire slot. Nothing was finding its way anywhere but into the corner or under Quick for a whistle. He's playing hard, but just doens't fit that bill.
The Amex line showed up tonight. Kesler woke up, no finish though. Booth is a beast, no finish though.....and he can't pass in tight. Higgins was strong tonight, no finish though.
Officiating is on crack. No issue with what they called, it's how they have called it.
Snow shower on Quick = 2 minutes in game 1.
Snow shower on Luongo = Referee's laughing in game 2.
4 players crash the into the corner, sticks and elbows everywhere = 2 minutes for Kesler while the Canucks have momentum.
Henrik dumped on top of Quick by LA, scrum ensues = Kings powerplay.
This team is garbage right now and the league seems more than happy to take us out and dump us.
Kings in 4. And I'm not even joking.