Canucks offense set to resume after All-Star break
With the NHL’s regular season about halfway through, teams had a chance during the break to assess where they stand in the standings and make adjustments for the second half of the season. The Vancouver Canucks can see a variety of areas for improvement, but when Bruce Boudreau sits down with his coaching staff to chat, one topic that’s sure to come up is the lack of offense.
In its first 46 games, Vancouver is currently ranked 28th in goals per game (GPG) with an average of just 2.43. They are also four points from a playoff spot, playing five games more than the last seeded Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers ahead of all the Canucks. . If they want to fight their way to a playoff spot in the second half of the campaign, they need their star players, secondary scorers and special teams to get it back, otherwise they’ll spend another been watching the playoffs at home. .
Vancouver star players struggle to produce
One of the main attributes behind the Canucks’ lack of scoring has been among their best players. Outside of leading scorer JT Miller, who has 44 points in 44 games, and defensemen Quinn Hughes (who has 34 points), the other top players are struggling to set the tone for this Canucks team.
The captain is a good place to start. Bo Horvat has 61, 52 and 52 point seasons while scoring 20+ goals for four consecutive seasons between 2016 and 2020. Although he may eclipse the 20-goal plateau with 13 goals so far, he is on the point to score only 46 points. over an 82-game season. Whether he’s on the top line with Brock Boeser or second line center with Conor Garland, the Canucks need more from their captain after the break.