It’s remarkable how often those competing in the playoff pack against the Vancouver Canucks are winning. Or maybe one could look at it another way, how no one else is ever doing the Canucks a favour.
On a nightly basis, the scores seem to go against Vancouver. They did finally get a little boost from the Maple Leafs on Thursday night as Toronto knocked off the Winnipeg Jets 7-3, but the LA Kings and more importantly the Dallas Stars were both winners.
Otherwise, the impetus is on the Canucks to actually start winning on a consistent basis to be a part of the race.
Our tongue in cheek Thursday wasn’t far off the mark.
Let’s Skate! …
Canadian based stars are scoring, that’s for sure. After Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers became the first NHL player this season to reach 100 points the other night, Auston Matthews of the Maple Leafs became the first to 50 goals when he tallied an empty-netter against the Jets.
It’s Matthews first time to 50 in a season and he’s only the 4th player in the club’s long history to eclipse the mark. Rick Vaive holds the single season record with 54. With 15 games remaining, it’s a relatively safe bet that Matthews will set a new standard.
The only players to eclipse the 50 goal mark in a single season for the Vancouver Canucks are Russians. Pavel Bure did it three times, twice scoring a club record 60 in a season, while Alexander Mogilny once scored 55.
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Abbotsford Canucks General Manager Ryan Johnson, announced Thursday that the club signed forward Vincent Arseneau to a two-year contract extension through the end of the 2023-24 AHL season.
The 30-year-old, 6-2, 220-pound winger originally joined the Canucks organization when he signed a professional try out agreement with the Utica Comets in December of 2017. He’s played 146 games between the Comets and Canucks, while tallying 38 points (27 goals, 11 assists) and 300 penalty minutes.
Playoff Cheat Sheet
It’s not pretty:
3rd Place – Pacific Division – Edmonton Oilers – 68 games played, 81 points
1st Wild Card – Nashville Predators – 67 games played, 82 points
2nd Wild Card – Dallas Stars – 66 games played, 79 points
Vegas Golden Knights – 69 games played, 78 points
Winnipeg Jets – 69 games played, 76 points
Vancouver Canucks – 69 games played, 73 points
After practicing on Thursday the Canucks are taking Friday off. They’ll skate again Saturday ahead of Sunday’s matinee against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Enjoy the Hockey Action !!