It’s been a difficult month and a half for Vancouver Canucks fans.
Following an impressive first month of the season, the Canucks had an 8-3-1 record, and fans had every reason to believe they were coming out of the darkness of four consecutive years missing the playoffs.
But that was then, and this is now.
Desperate for a win, the Canucks dropped a 3-1 decision at home to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday — Vancouver’s third loss in a row during a four-day span. With three games against difficult opponents coming up before the Christmas break, it’s beginning to feel a lot like last year.
And the year before. And the year before that… Well, you get the idea.
After a sub-par November and December, the Canucks now sit with a 16-15-4 record — eerily similar to their record after 35 games last year: 15-16-4.
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They’re only four points back of a playoff spot, but they’re also just four points up on last place in the Western Conference.
The bright side is there’s plenty of time to turn things around this season, but when you’ve been through what Canucks fans have been through in recent years, you can understand the panic.
Fans voiced their displeasure in great numbers on sports radio, as well as Twitter, where the hashtags #FireBenning and #FireGreen were trending in Vancouver. At one point, #FireBenning was the top trending topic Canada-wide.
A large segment of fans have been calling for GM Jim Benning to be fired for years, though the heat on head coach Travis Green from some is new.
Here’s a sample of the fan reaction:
The third period of this Canucks game. 😬 pic.twitter.com/ma3mBuULXG
— Nick Routley (@Phanyxx) December 18, 2019
— W. Ron Sweeney (@wronsweeney) December 18, 2019
— jenny kwanzaa from the block (@BoringBortHova) December 18, 2019
1st line, 13 million.
2nd line, 10 million.
3rd line, 6.5 million.
4th line and press box, ~20 million.
— CanadianAdam (@Adam_Pyde) December 18, 2019
— Ottokickeditin (@ottokickeditin) December 18, 2019
Boeser to Hughes to Pettersson to Hughes to Boeser to Pettersson to Boeser to Hughes to Boeser to Hughes to Pettersson to Boeser to Hughes to Pettersson Boeser to Hughes to Pettersson to Hughes to Boeser to Pettersson to Boeser to Hughes to SHOOT THE DAMN PUCK #Canucks #Jesus
— Dylan (@Dillinger604) December 18, 2019
— Canucks_News (@canucksbaby) December 18, 2019
— Laurel (@laureleliza40) December 18, 2019
— Steven Pearlstein (@StevenZP2) December 18, 2019
#Canucks with 5 wins in regulation in their last 23 😍
— Mike Martignago (@MikeMartignago) December 18, 2019
— Jason (@bionichockey) December 18, 2019
— Daniel (@sweetdekesbro) December 18, 2019
LMAO @Canucks are a capped out bottom feeder team, what a joke! it's gonna get worse if we don't fire benning… do the right thing @fr_aquilini and kick benning and rest of his pals to the curb. if we don't #firebenning we're doomed as an organization.
— Jordan (@EPForty) December 18, 2019
A #FireBenning chant may have been possible at Rogers Arena tonight if any Canucks fans had actually been in attendance.
— narc zuckerberg (@Sedingangbang) December 18, 2019
It’s been 56 months since the last #Canucks playoff game…but who’s counting.
— Chris Conte (@ChrisConte79) December 18, 2019
We think it’s time to go watch a #Canucks game to solve all these problems.
— Singh Brothers (@SinghBrosWWE) December 18, 2019
— Taj (@taj1944) December 18, 2019
How about we fire the guy whose constructed the worst team in the league over the past 5 years. #FireBenning
— dim jim (@dimjim10) December 18, 2019
This was Bennings 5 year plan… something has to give, the on ice product versus the mouthwork done behind the scenes does NOT add up. #firebenning
— Seamus Collins (@CollinsSeamus) December 18, 2019
Remember people thought we’re Canadas best team 😂😂😂😂 #FireBenning
— Harman (@harman1569) December 18, 2019
— Ghost Ryder (@jd_gun) December 18, 2019