Friday, March 09, 2007

Coyotes 2 Canucks 4

23-4-4. That's the Canucks' record since Christmas. That's 50 out of a possible 62 points. That's 81% of points available in almost 40% of the season.

Someone asked yesterday (on TEAM 1040 or the PPV telecast, I can't remember) if the Canucks are on a good run or if they are for real. Put it this way, I'm trying to temper down my own expectations but it's awfully hard to.

Then Ed Willes (Vancouver Province) points this out:

Back in October, the belief in most precincts was, if everything broke right for this team -- if Roberto Luongo gave them all-star goaltending, if the Sedins could handle their new role as first-liners and if, by some miracle, they could score enough goals -- they might, they just might, challenge for a playoff spot.

And if that's if the planets and stars were aligned properly. If injuries or other calamities befell them, they had the potential to be worse than, well, the Phoenix Coyotes.

Now fast-forward 5 1/2 months and the issue isn't that the Canucks have altered those expectations, it's the degree to which things have changed for this team. Following Thursday night's 4-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, the Canucks are on pace to finish this season with 103 points. Given that they're now a surreal 24-4-4 since Christmas, it's also reasonable to suggest they might surpass that figure.

The franchise record for points in a season, moreover, is 104 recorded by the '02-'03 crew. That means it's a distinct possibility the '06-'07 edition of the Canucks will become the greatest regular-season team in the franchise's history.
Wow. Just wow.

More from the Mainstream

About the game around the blogosphere

My 3 Stars of the Game

  1. Markus Naslund (VAN): Second game-winner in as many games against the Coyotes.
  2. Sami Salo (VAN): Heckuva point shot for his career-high 12th goal of the season.
  3. Brendan Morrison (VAN): Lots of speed and finish on his line. Two more points tonight.

Official Statistics

Next Game

Tough test tonight against the revamped and loaded San Jose Sharks.

Comments/Questions: Feel free to post in the comments section or email me at gocanucksgo10 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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