The Vancouver Canucks still feel good about themselves, and they still think they’re a good team. This four-game losing streak they’re on? Sure it’s a concern. But no, it’s not a matter of “here we go again.”
At least, that’s what captain Henrik Sedin told me Saturday (audio) after the Canucks had fallen 5-1 to the Rangers at Rogers Arena.
Me: “You guys were feeling so good early in the season about the fresh start and everything…”
Sedin: “We are now, too. Absolutely.”
Me: “No doubt creeping in? Because you can kind of understand the fans are like, ‘Oh, here we go again.'”
Sedin: “Yeah, but it’s happened before. Every season there’s going to be stretches where things aren’t going good. But for us, we feel we have a good team. We’re in [a playoff spot]. I don’t think anyone put us in this position before the season. … We’ve beaten the best teams in the league when we’ve played our game. I think that’s proof enough.”
The Canucks, of course, started last season well. On the morning of Dec. 30, 2013, they were 23-11-6 and in a playoff spot. They had beaten some good teams.
They then proceeded to go 13-24-5 and miss the playoffs for the first time in a long time.
Hence, the hesitancy of many Vancouver hockey fans to put their complete faith in the current roster. Despite the strong start under the new coach. Despite the new players brought in by the new GM. And despite the generally good feeling that’s emanated from the organization this season.
The Canucks host the Dallas Stars tonight, with coach Willie Desjardins saying yesterday that some “tweaks” were being made to the system.
The last time these two teams met, on Oct. 21 in Dallas, the Stars’ speed helped propel them to a 5-0 lead in an eventual 6-3 defeat of the Canucks.