That’s why they call them mourning games.
2 game road win streak was so great that NM was in a fashion dilemma about playoff apparel. Something must be done to stop the exploitation of naive Nucks fans by profiteering NM clothing suppliers.
What’s the best way to stop a Nucks win streak? Change the D? Or change the goalie?
Since Nillie hadn’t played since the last loss, this morning practice in front of a live red audience seemed a good chance for streak-stopping, rather than puck-stopping.
With all the enthusiasm of a pre-post-during-hangover hangover, NM was ready to sleep through this 10 AM PST start. That would have been the best choice for the Nucks roster too.
As you know, morning games in the eastern provinces are a mourning concern this season. Not enough to cry about, but it is painful enough that it would save some wear and tears by just forfeiting and getting more rest. That would be the wise play.
Wisdom and pro hockey rarely mix, so the inevitable loss must be played out in front of obnoxious homers of the eastern block.
Nothing to report on the Nucks scoresheet side of the bleary-eyed ice.
Yes, Nillie gets to test the rust early. And later, often.
While Vancouver out shot the little morning Devils 12-7, NJ outscored the Nucks 2-0. A 5-on-5 and a PP goal for the home red and noxious. When the Canucks PK goes 0% on its first kill, it’s not a good road game strategy.
We can complain about Nillie, but really...the Nucks were not too sharp in their own end. Let’s complain about Nillie later.
Nothing to report on the Nucks scoresheet side of the smeary-eyed ice.
Fortunately, nothing to report on the Jersey shores score either. So, a bleak as this game is looking, this is as good as it gets for the Nucks.
The Nucks are still out shooting NJ 9-6, so all hope is not lost. We’ll lose that later.
The good road strategy is in taters and it’s barely lunch time. Only thing left to do is...extend our league dominance in 3rd period Goals Against.
Let’s complain about Nillie now. The two Johns are. In a cruel, but clever twist of the Nucks 2nd PP unit, Granny takes a penalty rather than take the shortie against.
Decent, if sad, strategy. Until NJ scores on their PP when the 4-on-4 expires.
It’s now 3-0 nothing and all hope is truly lost. Blackwood is in our mood and playing lights out in the Devils net.
Only thing left to do is...give up and let the 3rd period GA lead get a boost. NJ obliges with another soft(ish) goal on Nillie and the rout is complete with the Nucks getting outshot 10-4 in the final frame of pre-post-hangover hockey.
Final is 4-0 for the Devils. Ugh.
Ugh. On many many levels, because Bo’s pointless streak is extended, Pete and Brock’s point streak is broken, Goldy’s play looks to be regressing, our normal semi-reliable top D pair were -2 and on and so on.
Let’s watch the vid recap and then celebrate like it’s 2019
Let’s a have quick look at the grim stats...
(SPOILER ALERT: OUR PP SUX)
And while we’re looking at the goose eggs all over the bad road game ice, let’s lob a couple into the player’s court.
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