1) In their 16th game of the season it finally happened with the Vancouver Canucks. They came with something far from their best efforts and as a result 5-2 fell to the Blackhawks in Chicago. It is an honor to the team – and says a lot about the group – that it took so long to have a bad night. And give the Hawks the honor while you are busy. They were played poorly in San Jose in their last game on Tuesday, but were ready from the fall of the puck and rushed to a 15-3 lead on the shot clock. That was perhaps the biggest surprise of the night, simply because the Canucks spent so many nights in the attack zone and the tables are rarely turned on, especially early in hockey games. And for the 11th time in their 16 games – and sixth in the last eight – the Canucks gave up the opening goal. It is just too tough a competition to constantly spot opponents an 1-0 lead. It plays with fire and on Thursday the Canucks were burned.
2) While the last shot clock showed the Canucks to have a 38-37 lead, it is hard to remember more than two or three really good scoring opportunities for the visitors. The night looked like a series of one and made a trip to the attack zone with very little sustained pressure. And confronted Corey Crawford, which went into the night with just one win of the season and a saving rate of 89.2%, the Canucks made life far too easy on the veteran netminder. This is a team that has been praised for reaching the net and staying there many nights this season, but not on Thursdays. Jake Virtanen scored on a deflection in the mop time, but the team needed more of that kind of presence on the net earlier in the game. For the first time this season, Travis Green had harsh words for his hockey club in his post-game address to the media: & I just don't think we were very good. We didn't look sharp. We didn't treat the puck so well. & # 39; He caught himself adding: & # 39; I thought we had players who just didn't … we just weren't very good tonight & # 39;
3) For the third time in four games, the Canucks had to play the last 40 minutes with only five defenders. Chris Tanev left the race with what the team calls an upper body injury. His final shift came to the Hawks 2-0 power play goal. He did not appear before the start of the second period and should be considered doubtful for Friday in Winnipeg, although Travis Green did not offer any substantive update after the game. With Tanev set aside, Alex Edler was again forced to log huge minutes – 27:15 – which is hardly ideal for the experienced blueliner on the first night of back-to-back games and with an early start on Sunday as well. Tanev was seen as a walk through the mail game of the Canucks locker room and did not look worse for wear and without visible signs of damage, so his injury remains a mystery. If Tanev can't play, Oscar Fantenberg will almost certainly participate and make its Canuck and seasonal debut. He would probably play on the left Jordie Benn move to the right. That could very well mean a second pair Quinn Hughes and Troy Stecher – something that many Canucks fans have asked for.
4) For the first time throughout the season, the Canucks are faced with some adversity. Of course, they threw their first two games in Alberta, but had a three-game home stand against defeated opponents and arranged things to get their season in the right direction. After falling to the Hawks, they have one win in their last four games (1-1-2) and have difficulty in offending in three of those four. With their first outright loss since October 19, they have earned the benefit of the doubt that Thursday's game was an outlier and that they can and will get better at Winnipeg. One of the disadvantages of the team last season was the inability to come out of funks. It's hard to name a four-game game in which they have managed to get points in three of those games any malaise, but they need more from their top players to ensure that they can regain their winning ways . Bo Horvat continues to struggle to generate an equally strong attack and has only one goal in his past six games and only one 5-to-5 goal of the season. Tanner Pearson, which had one of Canucks & # 39; s best chances in the first period, has now gone a dozen matches without a goal and has only one in 15 games since the opening night. Those two combined for eight shots on Thursday, so it's impossible to say they played poorly. But it is a bottom-line company and both play an important role in the hockey club and more is expected and needed in terms of production. It was probably time to insert on Thursday Sven Baertschi on that line to give the other two some offensive support. It is definitely time to give that a chance on Friday in Winnipeg. Adam Gaudette had only three thirds of the period shifts in Chicago and only one in the first 14 minutes when the game was still at stake.
5) Canucks' powerful play resulted in one of the team's two goals against the Blackhawks, but for the eye test it doesn't look as sharp at the moment as it did in recent weeks. Elias Pettersson showed remarkable balance and patience as they waited for a passing lane to command a pass in the front that JT Miller could convert to get the Canucks on the board early in the second period. With 2-1 and with almost two periods left, it seemed that the stage was ready for another Canuck return. That clearly did not happen. The Hawks was the team that won the special team fight with a few of its own power play goals (plus a short-handed goal in an empty one). The powerful game of the Canucks has returned to being too static and with too many players handling the puck too much. The goal of Blackhawks with 2-0 was a handbook example of fast puck movement with Patrick Kane move the puck down Dylan Strome found it immediately Andrew Shaw in front and he buried the puck Jacob Markstrom. The Canucks seem to hesitate with the puck and take three touches per player before continuing. Because of these delays, defenders can put pressure on the Canucks and force them to make mistakes and play that they don't want to make. In the past four games, the Canucks are 2 for 17 (11.8%) with the man advantage. They have to win back their mojo with the benefit of the man and they have to hope it happens soon.