Coach Alain Vigneault told the Vancouver Sun he knows why his club is struggling, but he feels it's nothing they can't fix.
"We're giving up way too many scoring chances and we have got a couple of guys right now who are struggling five-on-five not only defensively, but offensively," Vigneault said. "We just have to work with our players and address a few things and keep working at it."
The Canucks hit a low point in a home game against Detroit in a 4-3 shootout loss on February 2nd where they were badly out-played and out-shot 43-25. Too often Vancouver has been finding themselves battling from behind, but other than the Detroit game they have somehow managed to come out on top. If you ask captain Henrik, things aren't all that bad.
"We are doing something right, we are winning games, we are coming back in the third period which is extremely hard to do in this league," Henrik told the Sun. "So that is something we have got to like. But we have to get on the same page, there is way too much space out there for the other team and we're not skating enough and we're not making enough room for ourselves."
With the exception of Chris Higgins, who is recovering from a bad reaction to medication, the Canucks are as healthy now as they've been all season. Higgins, who is an integral part of the second line, has proven to be a vital part of the club's success. His absence has seemed to throw the whole team into disarray as far as line combinations go.
When Higgins returns to the lineup, the Canucks' second line will be reunited and perhaps the entire team will return to form.
Every team deals with some sort of adversity over the course of the season, and Vancouver is no different. However if they continue to win through adversity and then get back to their dominant ways before they playoffs, another Cup final appearance is no stretch.
Daniel Hendriksen is the Vancouver Correspondent for TheFourthPeriod.com.
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