Tiger wrote:Agree with Coco.. got to cut the Canucks, especially the defensive players , a little slack.. They have played a lot of hockey against some very good teams with not much rest
Gotta believe the team's brutal play of late (including the Boston game) is directly linked to fatigue. I don't remember seeing as many turnovers, brainfarts and odd-man rushes in a four game span as I have on this road trip...not in a very long time anyway.
In addition to what my old friend Coco laid out, not only did this team play more games than any other team in the past calendar year, and most of anybody so far this season, they're doing a lot of it in the midst of many lengthy and compact road trips. 26 of the 45 games they've played so far have been on the road and they've had to take four long journeys:
1. a 4-gamer (4 in 6 nights) with longest flight(s) out east
2. a 6-gamer (6 in 11 nights) with longest flight(s) out mid-east
3. a 5-gamer (5 in 10 nights) with longest flight(s) out east
4. a 4-gamer (4 in 6 nights) with longest flight(s) out east
(not to mention two other 3-gamers, both 3 in 4 nights)
In comparison, this is the extent of what our old (or should I say NEW) foes in Boston have had to deal with in way of travel so far in their 40 games, 16 of which were on the road:
1. a 3-gamer (3 in 5 nights) all in their time zone
2. a 3-gamer (3 in 8 nights, plus a 4-day break before) with longest flight(s) out mid-west
So it's nice to be at the top of the standings considering. But that said, the turnovers and defensive zone errors are not a new thing as they've been guilty of it pretty much throughout the year..and it's something that has to be corrected or it's going to catch up to them in a big way somewhere down the line. We've been lucky...we can't kid ourselves.