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PHT Morning Skate: Growing pains coming in Canucks crease

Mar 18, 2014, 8:28 AM EDT

Eddie Lack AP

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Canucks going with young guys Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom in goal means there are going to be growing pains as they become NHL regulars on the job. (The Province)

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If Martin Brodeur isn’t going to be with the New Jersey Devils next season, then where could he end up? Here are five possibilities. (NJ.com)

Once the new arena is built in Detroit and the Red Wings move  in there, Joe Louis Arena won’t have any new tenants until it’s torn down. That’s… Kind of sad. (Detroit Free Press)

Sure the Winnipeg Jets lost to the St. Louis Blues last night, but is there such a thing as having a “good loss” to build on? They think so in the ‘Peg. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Vladimir Tarasenko‘s injury is bad for him, but for the Blues it provides a big opportunity for Dmitrij Jaskin and Magnus Paajarvi. (Post-Dispatch)

Drew McIntyre has been around and he’s psyched to have a shot to backup James Reimer in Toronto. (Toronto Sun)

  1. scrouch - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    I don’t agree with the ‘good loss’ article for Winnipeg. The Jets always play well against good teams and beat the Blues earlier this year (one of only 2 losses against central division teams). Since moving to Winnipeg showing up and playing well against good teams hasn’t been an issue. The issue is that they don’t show up and play well against teams they should beat. And they also always play well when they’re chasing a playoff spot. The problem is once they get either into a playoff spot (last season) or close to one (first year and this year) they drop a bunch of games and take themselves right back out of it. First season they played a great December to get right back in the playoff picture, then tanked in the first 2 weeks of January. Then sort of kept doing that the rest of the season, getting on a streak and back close to the playoffs, then playing terribly for 4 or 5 games in a row and falling back. Last year they were first in their division and dropped back to back games against Washington to let them back in the race, then dropped I think 5 straight shortly after that to put themselves too far behind even though they played well for the final stretch. This season they got within 2 points of a playoff spot with plenty of games to go and dropped 6 straight, 5 of which they probably should have won and 4 of which they definitely should have won. The only game there that it’s okay to drop is against LA, they’re just a better team. And the Avs, forgot they were at the end of that stretch. If you’re in a playoff race you can’t play against teams like the Islanders, Sens, Canucks, and end up with only 3 points out of a possible 12 in that stretch. Now it doesn’t really matter how well they play, they’re too far back and now have the difficult part of their schedule coming up. If you look at their record against the bottom teams in the league, they give up way too many points against them. I’d be more inclined to think there was growth in the team if they showed up and beat the Sabres or Panthers or Islanders handily. Those are the games they never show up for, not the games against the Blues.

  2. pavelfitzgerald - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Well said Scrouch

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