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Consistency in short supply at Rogers Arena 0

By Guts McTavish, 24 hours Vancouver

Dec 3, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Vancouver Canucks right wing Brad Richardson (15) celebrates with right wing Dale Weise (32) after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports)

Dec 3, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Vancouver Canucks right wing Brad Richardson (15) celebrates with right wing Dale Weise (32) after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports)

I feel like there's something missing from my normally pleasurable hockey watching experience this season.

What's happening to me? Could it be medical?

Normally when I watch speedy end-to-end games, mixed with just enough overall dislike for the other team, a little endorphin immediately fires.

Win or lose the Canucks have always been a compelling tale worth telling, but I'm afraid this recent 2-1 movement has it's ugly boot firmly on the neck of the team and for whatever reason they’re not meeting the challenge with any consistency.

@iamDave_R: I don't mind low scoring games. I hate teams trying not to lose and so many SO games. Ties would force teams to try and win.

I'm still holding out for a taste of three-on-three hockey at the end of OT.

@bigticketshow: Lack of a dynamic finisher in the top 6 fwds and no elite no.1 dman who can back teams down with their skating.

That's one hell of a wish list. Don't disagree with any of it.

Last week I watched the much-detested Sharks, Blackhawks and Kings come into Rogers Arena. In all three games, the visitors remained patient until the Canucks predictably broke down.

What I would never have predicted was how quiet the crowds were during such an intense string of measuring-stick games.

To me that silence has more to do with worry, and worry tends to make very little noise at all — especially in late spring.

 

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