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Early on this season, the Canucks do not appear to be the same team as the one that made it within one win of the Stanley Cup a year ago, but that does not mean they are not as capable. Through 26 games, the Canucks are sporting a 15-10-1 record and are within striking distance of the Minnesota Wild for the Northwest Division lead.
After a dismal start to the season that saw the Canucks hover around the bottom of the Western Conference, their play really picked up in November, and that has continued into December. In true Canucks fashion, they had a terrible October and a tremendous November, and they have seemed to pass by their losing ways in their return to victory.
The Canucks still have plenty to improve on, but as the season has worn on, they have significantly been improving. Winning seven of their last eight games, and having a balanced December schedule, there is no reason why the Canucks shouldn't be able to rocket to the top of their division.
The early season woes of the Canucks seem to have dissipated, their legs seem to have returned and the Stanley Cup hangover is gone. They will need to play at the high level we have seen lately to continue their winning ways, but there aren't many doubts of their capabilities to win and reach the expectations that were set for them before this season.
John Bain is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist.
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