The Canucks sit at 3-3 through six games as they are about to embark on a seven game Eastern road trip. Let’s take a look back at their recent week of action.
It started well with a comeback win over Cory Schneider and the Devils. The Canucks then came out and failed to make a statement against the team that has owned them over the past two seasons in the Sharks. They followed that up with another stinker against the Habs, that also saw one of the strangest goals you will ever see go against them. The Canucks seemed to lack the intensity that John Tortorella was suppose to bring. The good news is that we are only six games into the season, and that is way too small of a sample size to say you have Vancouver figured out for the year.
Despite only putting up one goal in three games, Santorelli has been exactly what the Canucks have lacked through their lineup. He has played every game like it is his last, and has been the only member of the team who plays every shift with the intensity that Torts demands. Using his speed, he has been all over the ice during his shifts.
With a goal and two assists, Daniel has been the most effective player in the offensive zone this week. He wanted to shoot more this season, and we have witnessed that through the team’s first couple of weeks.
The Captain put up a goal and an assist this week and with his twin, has been the team’s only legitimate offensive threat through six games. Henrik is the best player on the Canucks, and his amazing passing abilities will translate into being their leading scorer this year.
This team needs Kesler and anyone else on the second line to step up and be an offensive force. Garrison seems to be getting better with time here and has picked up the slack offensively for the defence. The road trip begins Tuesday in Philadelphia, and to avoid a panic attack in the city, the Canucks must come back with a minimum of four wins.
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