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0-for-20: Vancouver’s power play is scoreless in eight games

Mar 12, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT

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One of the best power plays in the NHL the past few seasons has been coming up empty like a bullet-riddled bucket.

In their last eight games, the Vancouver Canucks are 0-for-20 with the man advantage — a stretch that not so coincidentally has seen them win just twice.

Times have become so desperate that coach Alain Vigneault announced today he may see what much-maligned defenseman Cam Barker can do tonight in Columbus.

There’s been no shortage of analysis on what’s wrong with a power play that’s fallen to 24th (15.0%) out of 30 teams. Ryan Kesler‘s absence with a broken foot hasn’t helped. Nor has the lack of a booming right-hand shot from the point after Sami Salo signed with Tampa Bay in the summer. Alex Edler‘s struggles have been well-documented. Daniel Sedin isn’t taking enough shots and/or getting enough chances to take shots. And Vigneault has been hesitant to deploy new addition Jason Garrison, who scored nine power-play goals last season in Florida.

Meanwhile, the streaking Blue Jackets have surrendered just one power-play goal in their last 10 games.

Related: Slumping Canucks recall Ebbett, send Schroeder back to AHL

  1. hockeyflow33 - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    I’m from Boston so is 0-20 bad or just par for the course?

  2. davebabychreturns - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    It’s seemed less than the sum of its parts for some time now – the team will absolutely dismantle their opponent one night and pop two or three powerplay goals to keep their conversion rate looking pretty good, but it seems like all too often the top unit just can’t force the issue to get a much needed goal.

    There aren’t enough looks and they don’t get their opponents moving enough to force a breakdown.

    • imleftcoast - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      The powerplay is too predictable, and that was glaring in the playoffs last year. No implications for a first round elimination, and they’re in 6th, and out of top spot in the West. Newell Brown is a Gillis guy who apparently is going to keep his job until Gillis loses his.

  3. kaptaanamerica - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Edler isn’t working out on the PP time to put garrison on the first unit and edler on the bench.

    • 19to77 - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      If Edler isn’t working out on the power play, where DOES he work out? Lord knows he can’t kill penalties or shut down top scoring lines…

  4. 19to77 - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    This is a team that has really lost a lot of talent since the Cup run. People don’t realize how significant the downgrade has been. Ehrhoff was *stellar* in Vancouver and Salo provided stability and a big, hard shot – and even though Ehrhoff’s been middling in Buffalo and Salo questionably healthy, combined with the rest of the Canucks’ unit, they were brilliant. Kesler’s gone from 40 goals and a Selke to severely injury-prone. David Booth’s a big, wasted cap hit. The Sedins are starting to decline a bit with age. It all combines to a much less dangerous team than it was two years ago, even if most of the parts are on paper the same or adequately replaced.

  5. einjzmolf - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    My heart bleeds

  6. tbbolts91 - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    To Vancouver: Someone to help on the PP
    To Tampa Bay: Some actual goaltending

    Just a suggestion. . .

    • imleftcoast - Mar 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Nate Thompson is a rumor in Vancouver.

      • tbbolts91 - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        nate thompson isn’t exactly prolific on the powerplay but he’s certainly a monster faceoff machine. nate along with some ahl players for someone such as luongo would be awesome. i’ll keep on dreamin’

  7. kaptaanamerica - Mar 12, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Burrows Hansen Raymond to Tampa for Malone Purcell and their third line Centre

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