CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff November 5, 2015
Vancouver Continues To Struggle At Rogers Place
Despite losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Vancouver Canucks will leave for their 14-day road trip with a share of 1rst-place in the Pacific Division.
They just may not return in first place or with a share of first place.
The Canucks made it close at the end of the game on Wednesday night, but alas, their home win streak coming to an end at 2-games.
The Canucks had their chances early but could not score that timely goal to stymie the Penguins and create a momentum change that could have benefited them much earlier than their effort, mighty as it was, late in the game. At that point, the clock became their opponent, not Pittsburgh, and the Canucks ran out of time.
Canucks begin the seven road game stretch on November 7 against Buffalo, ending on November 18 against Winnipeg. In between they play New Jersey, Columbus, Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal.
The trip will indicate what their mettle is and how well forged they are as a competitive team and whether they are excelling at a high level of expectation or not.
I believe the Canucks could face a tougher trip then they might expect. My prediction? Canucks return home with a record of 3-2-2 from the road trip.
Question marks for me are still the Canucks inability to score timely goals, along with their power play.
Even though the youngsters are playing well, there may be times on the trip that their inexperience may make winning difficult with key mistakes at the worst of times. That, along with other variables are out of the Canucks control, as long as the coaching staff prepare them for each and every game.
Backup goaltending is still something I still have to see more of to be more confident with.
The biggest plus for me is that Vancouver has played well on the road so far this season.
The veteran core of the Canucks have to be out in front in the leadership role. If the veterans are able to stay motivated game in and game out, and keep their competitive spirit on the high side, Vancouver should have a successful road trip.