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|Vancouver Courier 09 Nov 2019 at 12:24|
Over the last four seasons, the Canucks record in November is 19-29-9, a pace of just 68 points over 82 games. In other words, theyve performed like a last-place team in the month of November.
, featuring 15 games in 30 days, giving the team little time to res, as well as tougher opponents compared to Octobers easier schedule. But this seasons edition of the Canucks is also a lot tougher, with a high-powered offence, improved defence, and a one-two punch of solid goaltending. If any Canucks team could disrupt the November narrative, this one could.
They started off strong, with points in three straight games: a resounding win over the San Jose Sharks and two hard-fought overtime losses to the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues. Now, perhaps, the cracks are starting to show, as they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, then dropped this game to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.
Theres no need to panic the Canucks didnt play poorly in either game despite the combined 9-3 score for the opposition and theres plenty of time left in November to bounce back. There are also some mitigating circumstances that might ease your mind if you find yourself getting too concerned.
This was the Canucks seventh game in 12 nights, each of them in a different city. It was the second night of back-to-backs after their top players logged big minutes trying to mount a comeback the previous night. Its only natural that fatigue would play a factor.
Still, November wont get any easier, with four games in seven days next week and a tough road trip through Dallas, Nashville, Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Edmonton to end the month. Fortunately, as Axl Rose once said , Nothing lasts forever, even cold November rain.