5 wins in a row, 22 home wins on the season and 1 game left at the Garage.
Every team in the league will at some point win three games in a row within a given season. Of course there are exceptions (I bet AV and Bowness can think of a certain Sens team) but for the most part with the parity in the league now, it’s not uncommon. The teams that separate themselves from the packs of pretenders are always the ones who are able to build on three games without panic in the fourth. It’s now five games for the Canucks, which by no means makes them the best team in hockey, but it separates them from expected losses and the lower rankings. Teams are starting to fade in both conferences and although the game is still narrow in some respects, it’s starting to become clear who is going to make the second season. The Chicago Blackhawks came into their game with Vancouver as arguably the best team in hockey and they left the game without a sniff. It was a competitive tough hockey game but not really all that close, and the Canucks snuffed out the chances the Hawks did produce fairly quickly. Still, it would be foolish to consider the Canucks the better team and in my opinion it was an off night for the Hawks more than anything. The Canucks proved they could take advantage and that is really the key to the whole season. When you can pounce on a weakness, you do it and for five games the Canucks have. Taking advantage has also come in the form of watching the standings as the Northwest landscape has changed somewhat. The Flames have seen their stock plummet on their current 7 game losing streak and if you ask Flames fans or read Flames media, the world has ended. When they played the Canucks they weren’t quite in the thick of that mentality and I thought the Flames played phenomenal hockey. That loss to the flames seems to have worked wonders on the Canucks and had the complete opposite effect on the Flames who find themselves ranked 29th in goals for and goals/game. Conversely, Vancouver is ranked 3rd in the league in both categories.
The standings show Vancouver sitting tied with Colorado with 66 points as the Avs are on their own winning streak at six games. So if you go by my theory of taking advantage and breaking the three game win streak barriers, the Avs aren’t going away. 50 games into the season it seems hard to believe but there they are and if the Flames are planning on standing pat on their current roster it most likely will be the Avs that will be the team to beat in the NW. Keep in mind of course Fric & Frac seem to be reuniting as a line off the ice by taking headlines in the news any chance they get. Maybe that’s what has kept the team rolling to victories as they are showing the “us against the world” attitude that sometimes brings teams together.
22 home wins is remarkable and now leads the league and a win tomorrow against the Blues would solidify that. A loss sends the team out on the road trip that Canucks fans everywhere have been dreading since the schedule was announced. Sure it’s broken up into parts but, they are still big parts, and it won’t be a picnic for a team that is very comfortable on home ice. It's 5 wins, but ease on the hype and temper you expectations, it only gets tougher from here.
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Written by Luke Mirza