Canucks fans won’t stomach scoring woes for long
Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth (7) shoots the puck against Buffalo Sabres goaltender Nathan Lieuwen (50) and forward Tyler Ennis (63) during the third period at Rogers Arena, March 23, 2014 in Vancouver, B.C. The Vancouver Canucks won 4-2. (Photo: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)
I get that championship windows open and close for professional sports franchises.
And I get that players age and that it's fairly normal for offensive production to erode.
Those of us who saw this Canucks point drop in the standings coming could never have predicted just how far the offence would fall.
The Canucks as a team are on pace for 197 goals. That means more four-goal games like the one against Buffalo on Sunday will be required during the final nine-game stretch to ensure they beat their franchise-worst total for a non-lockout season of 192 set in the 1998-99 campaign.
In 1979, Ron Sedlbaur amassed a franchise low of 56 points in an era when teams would come into the Pacific Coliseum boasting goals-against averages well over three. Don't worry, it was a dark era for Canucks hockey so most of the opposition managed to outscore any issues they had in net.
The current team leader in points, and fairly recently an Art Ross winner, Henrik Sedin, presently sits injured at 46 points.
That puts him on an end-of-season pace for a paltry 52 points — a new franchise low.
I'm guessing the paying customer could stomach a few losing years if it meant the team was restocking to fit a fresh new game plan.
Not scoring goals? I can assure you that won't sit well with a sizeable chunk of the fan base who have been brought to the game based on how proficient this team has been in the always-entertaining department of lighting up the scoreboard.