The Vancouver Canucks enter play on Thursday with a 10-6-3 record. But did a recent four-game losing skid cause them to fall in power rankings?
On Tuesday evening, the Vancouver Canucks pulled off a thrilling 5-3 victory at Rogers Arena over the Nashville Predators to erase a four-game losing streak.
With the victory, Vancouver moved to 10-6-3 on the young season, good for third in the Pacific Division. It should be noted that the Canucks have played one less game than the Edmonton Oilers, who are three points ahead for first in the Pacific.
Vancouver will host the Dallas Stars on Thursday evening, two days before the powerhouse Colorado Avalanche come to town. Afterwards, the Canucks will embark on a difficult six-game road trip that begins in Dallas next Tuesday. The pressure is on.
Last week was a difficult one for the Canucks, who lost all four of their contests. Did this cause them to fall big time in power rankings across the web? Let’s see where Elias Pettersson and company stand this week.
- Sports Illustrated: Predictably, the Canucks took a bit of a fall here, moving from eighth last week all the down to 14th.
- NHL.com: This isn’t too much of a drop. It’s a three-spot fall, but Vancouver remains in the “Super 16” this week, placing 11th.
- theScore: Once again, Vancouver falls back a few spots here. theScore previously had them 10th, but the team has to settle on the No. 14 spot here.
- Puck Prose: The team placed nicely at No. 3 last week, but they fall back to the seventh spot.
- CBS Sports: Vancouver fell four spots this week, with Pete Blackburn placing them 12th.
- Yahoo Sports: Not only did the Canucks fall three spots this week, but they didn’t even make the top 15. This week, Ryan Lambert has Vancouver in the 18th spot.
Some may say that power rankings simply don’t matter. But at the end of the day, it’s not good news if the Canucks fall back in such lists. The higher they are in power rankings, the better the team is playing. So in a way, power rankings actually do matter. They’re a firm indicator of how the club is performing.
After they conclude this two-game homestand, the Canucks will have plenty of chances to make some statements when they hit the road for a six-game trip away from the west coast. Bring on the Stars.