Having been away for a couple of weeks golfing in San Diego and Palm Springs, the only way to keep abreast of the Nucks was to listen Online, since no one carries much in the way of hockey telecasts. No wonder very few people watch it down south except the Canadians. Just try and find it unless you have a satellite dish.
Not much has changed since I left, since the team is still on a losing skid heading into the playoffs. Concern with the Canucks five of eight losses should be on every fan's radar screen.
This does not look like a team that will get past the first round especially if it has to face an opponent like the red hot Detroit Red Wings (9-0-1). I am not going to rehash my thoughts on Roberto Luongo’s play of the last two months, since that was covered in my article "Will Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks Make the Grade?"
What I do see is a team that has let its foot off the gas, since a Divisional title seems to be imminent. That opens up a whole can of worms, since losing streaks can be cancerous.
Playing teams going into the playoffs that have been fighting for their playoff lives, where they have been in playoff mode for weeks, is a recipe for an early exit. If the Canucks think they can just turn it on when the playoffs start, they may be in for a rude awakening.
Also, if they think that they will outscore their opponents come playoff time, that will be highly unlikely since all teams tighten up their defensive play.
Somehow, someway, Luongo and the rest of the Canucks will have to find their A-game to make it past the first round.