Can anyone tell me at what point of this shortened season will it be too late to flip the switch? I would say the 1/4 point myself, which is the 12 game mark. Anyone else agree? Or is the 1/3 point better? The 16 game mark?
Instead of responding to a "flip the switch" narrative..
First of all I don't see motivation as being an issue at this point so I'm not waiting for these guys to suddenly awaken and play well.
Regardless of what's going on elsewhere with teams playing well or poorly so far it's clear the Canucks are not yet in good enough game shape, their timing isn't good enough and the reads aren't there, amongst other issues.
These types of problems are typically rectified over time. Considering it's well documented that players on this Canucks team are typically in excellent shape, their physical conditioning should be fine over the long-term.
As they're currently constituted, the Canucks should still finish in the top 3-6 in the West on their defensive personnel, goaltending, top line and some effective role players but it's not going anywhere in the playoffs.
What I'm more interested in seeing is how well Kesler and Booth perform after they return.
I could really care less where we finish in the standings after these last two years of winning the presidents trophy. All I care about is whether this team can play at a high level at around the midway point of the season and be healthy for a playoff run.
Unless things really fall apart, we shouldn't see this team being below .500 past the 20 game mark. If they can be in mid-season form by mid-season, they shouldn't have anything to worry about in the regular season, whether they finish 1st or 5th.
So from reading this post of yours Coco, you are a proponent of the Flipping of the Switch theory that has been going on since after the 42 game mark of last season which was the well documented game (game 42) in Boston whereby we beat them pretty handedly with a great seeing eye shot from Hodgson and the infamous Weise goading of Thornton into a fight but backed down when Thornton gladly accepted.
The 40 games after that game was miserable low scoring, apparently called Shut Down hockey. In 24 of those remaining 40 games the Canucks scored 2 goals or fewer. The last 40 games of the season the Canucks had THE WORST POWER PLAY OF ALL 30 TEAMS IN THE NHL. It didn't stop there at the end of the season game 82, this carried on against the Kings in the playoffs whereby we were ousted quite easily.
During this 40 game stretch of real exciting, fire wagon brand of hockey, was when all of you started using the pathetic 'Flipping of the Switch' Theory. "Don't worry, the Canucks will flip the switch when it counts" blah, blah, blah. Well, Boi RD is done with the Flipping of the Switch theory. I got a hint for ya - IT WILL NOT HAPPEN. It's been how many games now since that memorable game against the Bruins that we have played... well, kind of lamely.
So, what Booth and Kesler represent to you now, when they come back that is, is that that is when this apparent Switch will be flipped. Even though Booth and Kesler did play during the whole Flip Switching scene last year, they somehow represent when the switch will be flipped this season, like Booth is that special to us.
Excuses after excuses after excuses. Last year we said, 'we are still feeling the affects of the Cup run, we are not well rested Blah, blah, blah, blah. Now you have the likes of cagey, legendary posters like Potatoe saying, 'they are too rested, now'. My god people, when will this end? Wake up and smell the coffee, the switch will not flip. Trust me.
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