Vancouver Canucks Midseason Report

Jessie MarContributor IJanuary 15, 2009

When Roberto Luongo went down with his groin injury two months ago in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, people were saying that the Canucks were nothing without him.

Instead, the team showed that they could win games without him—at least in the beginning.

They came out hitting, finished checks, and were tough to play against.

Now, I'm not so sure.

The Canucks have three wins in the last 11 games and five losses on home ice against teams considered to be cellar-dwellers.

When the Canucks can't beat teams like the Islanders, Thrashers, and Blues, doubt starts taking over my optimism. The Canucks have shown a lot of flaws and they are not fun to watch right now.

Luongo is going to play tomorrow night against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Canucks had better not rely on Bobby Lou to bail them out. The players in front of Luongo had better get their act together and give us fans something to cheer about.

The Canucks are on a free-fall and are now seven points behind Calgary. If they keep this up, we can kiss the playoffs goodbye—again.

The Canucks did this last year around this time, and I don't want to see a repeat. I am still bitter about the way they finished the season last year.

Luongo exceeded all expectations with five shutouts before his injury. Pavol Demitra, Taylor Pyatt, Steve Bernier, and Mason Raymond have disappointed me. We were counting on them to produce a timely goal when the team needed one. It hasn't happened.

Although Steve Bernier, after a scoring drought, got two goals and one assist in one game recently.