Cookie La Rue wrote:SHUTOUT HOCKEY!!!!!!!!
pssst........you mean, SHUTDOWN HOCKEY.
In all seriousness though, why wouldn't it be a good idea for this team to emulate themselves after the 2006-2007 Canuck team?
That team was also extremely offensively limited, but won games by shutting down and outworking opponents.
The key difference between this team and 2006-2007 team however, was that the 07' team were self-accepting of their limitations, played within themselves, focused on their team strengths, and didn't seem overly stressed when they weren't scoring goals. Most importantly however, that team seemed to have a very good attitude. One thing I notice with this current batch is that they get down on themselves very easily.........and tend to place more focus on what they CAN'T do or AREN'T doing, as opposed to what they can do really well.
Another thing to keep in mind was that Luongo was at his best as a Canuck (and possibly career wise) when the Canucks were playing their 2006-2007 style of hockey.
At the start of the 2008-2009 season, many pundits labelled the Hansen-Kesler-Burrows line as the best shut down line in hockey (the line disbanded later in the year as Burrows moved up to play with the twins, while Kesler moved up to play with Demitra and Sundin).
As it relates to Kesler and Burrows, seriously...........play them together!...........all the time! (with Higgins and Hansen alternating between them).
Why have both Kesler and Burrows be average to slightly above average goal scorers when they could just as easily form the best shut down line in hockey?
Down in Los Angeles, no one gives a flying poo if Mike Richards is scoring goals at a prolific pace. Why? Because - they know that he's arguably the best shut down center in the league.......and he gets paid based on that. Why not treat Kesler and Burrows the same way?
The Canucks seem to be making the same mistake with Burrows and Kesler as the Oilers did when they had Mike Peca (before they wised up and started using Peca in the CORRECT way when the 2006 playoffs started). They are NOT natural goal scorers! Yes - they can put the puck in the net, and yes, they are better offensively than most players, but they are the absolute king pins on defensive hockey. Kesler won a Selke trophy for Christ sakes. Play to that strength!
Brown Knight's suggestion.
(With 2006-2007 mindset).
Sedin-Sedin-Booth (or Kassian)
Hansen-Kesler-Burrows (potential to be best shutdown line in hockey.....but can score on turnovers)
Higgins-Richardson-Santorelli (very good shut down line hockey.....might be able to chip in the odd goal)
Kassian-Sestito-Weise (*police/enforcer line) If not Kassian - then Booth.