The Vancouver Canucks currently find themselves as one of the top teams in the National Hockey League. Though they are placed second in the powerful Pacific division, they are lucky to be in this position.
In their last ten games the Canucks drew a record of 6-3-1. If the team were to defeat the Anaheim Ducks Thursday night in the dramatic shootout loss, they would have established a franchise best of 14-6-0 in their first 20 games. However, there are clear reasons the Vancouver Canucks are not better than they are now.
Offensive mite has not been a problem this season is as they have tallied 61 goals for to place fifth in the rankings. The goals against the Vancouver Canucks is a throbbing problem though as they have allowed 60 goals against.
With these statistics, the have a towering issue in their roster, the goaltending.
Both Ryan Miller and Eddie Lack have had their great strengths and weaknesses. The tandem when looking at their save percentage, Miller has .900 and Lack closely follows with .894.
Ryan Miller in the eight of ten games he has played this November has allowed a total of 22 goals. Miller still finds himself as the top winning goaltender this season (tied with Montreal’s Carey Price and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne) with 12 wins but he has had the support of his teammate to save him from peril.
If Ryan Miller did not have scoring from his own end to save the game, Vancouverites would already be attempting to chase him out of town like they did successfully with former goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider.
Though the competition has been stiffer than the October match-ups, the Vancouver Canucks, at the end of the day, are about to see a whole lot more of the Pacific division. If this team is serious about becoming a playoff contender, their back end will have to highly consider tightening up in the long run.