Nov 13, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) scores against Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen (32) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
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The Vancouver Canucks start Week 7 with a three-day break, before embarking on a three-game Western Conference road trip.
After a disastrous road trip, the Vancouver Canucks went 2-1-1 on their Week 6 home stand.
Life is not all roses, as they suffered a 7-2 blowout to the New York Rangers and gave up a 3-0 lead to lose the the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime.
Yet, there still some good signs. The Canucks finished above .500 for the week, and appear to have put their lengthy losing streak behind them. Even better, they managed 13 goals in four games. That works out to 3.25 goals-per-game, which would put them at 3rd in the NHL if they continued that over a full season.
At the same time, they also surrendered 17 goals. True, that number is skewed by the Rangers running up the score. But even excluding that game, they gave up 3.33 goals-per-game in the other three — which is more than their goals-for average for the week.
It’s a good bet that both those numbers will fall. If the team had a choice, though, they might choose to continue giving up a lot of goals while also scoring a lot, because that at least had yielded better results.
During their losing streak, they gave up very little but managed nothing offensively. At least in the wide open games they’ve come away with more points than they’ve given up.
Nothing sucks fan interest away from the team quicker than losing boring hockey games. High-scoring games which Vancouver has a chance of winning are a much easier sell.
Nov 17, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Arizona Coyotes goaltender Louis Domingue (35) makes a save against Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows (14) during the third period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Wednesday, Nov. 23: Canucks @ Arizona Coyotes
The Canucks will face the Arizona Coyotes for the second time in six days on Wednesday.
In their game last week, Vancouver pulled out yet another comeback win. They did not wait until the third period, though. Instead they scored two goals to tie in the second, before winning the game in overtime.
Although they won their next game, the Coyotes are still struggling in the standings. They sit tied for last place with the New York Islanders.
This morning, the Coyotes sent center Dylan Stromeback to junior. He played seven games for Arizona this season, managing one assist.
Because f— the rules.
Because the Coyotes are just a lot worse at hockey right now!
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scores all the goals, and assists on both Canuck’s tallies just to show fans what an offensive defenseman actually looks like.
The Canucks will squeeze out another 3-2 win versus the Coyotes. This time, they will score first, and keep the lead throughout the game.
Nov 13, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton (27) checks Dallas Stars forward Justin Dowling (37) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Friday, Nov. 25: Canucks @ Dallas Stars
Another rematch from the week prior.
The Canucks and Dallas Stars combined for nine goals, and Vancouver overcame deficits of 3-1 and 4-3 to tie the game. They finally won in overtime on a shot from Markus Granlund off the faceoff.
Mar 16, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod (55) checks Vancouver Canucks defenseman Nikita Tryamkin (88) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Colorado Avalanche won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Saturday, Nov. 26: Canucks @ Colorado Avalanche
This is the first meeting of the year between these two teams.
After Patrick Roy stepped down as Colorado Avalanche head coach in the summer, the team promoted their AHL coach to the NHL job. So far, Jared Bednar has guided his new team to a middling 8-9-0 record, putting them last in the powerful Central Division.
The Avalanche are having similar goal-scoring problems to Vancouver. They sit second-last in goals-for, with just 36 heading into their Monday game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.