Mar 5, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT
It’s usually hard to complain about a power play that ranks third in the NHL, but there’s reason for worry in Vancouver.
—- The Canucks have scored just once with the man advantage in their last seven games.
—- They’ve scored just eight times with the man advantage in their last 24 games.
—- They haven’t scored more than one PP goal in a single game in almost two months.
—- They just traded away Cody Hodgson, the key cog on the second unit.
Opponents also know they have to stay out of the box against the Canucks, and for the most part they’ve been doing just that.
Add the widespread belief that referees have become more tolerant of hooking, holding and other forms of obstruction, and it becomes doubly important for the Canucks to take advantage of the opportunities they get.
- Pens sign Spaling — two years, $4.4 million 1
- Agent: Subban hasn’t told me to make him NHL’s highest-paid D 27
- Devils sign Greene to five-year, $25M extension 18
- Subban seeking $8.5 million in arbitration, versus the Habs at $5.25 million 46
- Marchand on Plekanec: ‘I hate him. I can’t stand him’ 58
- Gettin’ paid: Gardiner inks five-year, $20.25M extension with Leafs 15
- Report: Trottier to join Sabres’ coaching staff 21
- Blues sign former eighth overall pick Mueller 31
- Trotz plans to let Johansson, Kuznetsov, and Burakovsky compete for time at center 45
- Eric Staal has surgery to repair ‘core muscle injury’ 6
- Cashing in: Rangers sign Brassard to five-year, $25 million deal (63)
- Marchand on Plekanec: ‘I hate him. I can’t stand him’ (58)
- Subban seeking $8.5 million in arbitration, versus the Habs at $5.25 million (46)
- Trotz plans to let Johansson, Kuznetsov, and Burakovsky compete for time at center (45)
- Richards: If not for the cap, half the league would want to play for Hawks (36)