The Vancouver Canucks have now lost six of their last seven games, and the upcoming road trip could define their 2019-20 season.
Teams in playoff position shouldn’t be concerned at this point of the season, but it’s hard for Vancouver Canucks fans to not worry about this recent slump.
Once again, the month of November has been brutal for the Canucks. They have lost six of their last seven games now — with the last three defeats coming on home ice. That superb 9-3-2 start feels like a lifetime ago.
Things aren’t getting any easier for the Canucks, who now embark on a difficult six-game road trip — all against top quality teams. It starts on Tuesday evening against the red hot Dallas Stars, who dominated Vancouver on Thursday in a 4-2 victory.
Two days later, Vancouver will travel to the Music City for a showdown against the talented but underachieving Nashville Predators. Sure, the Canucks beat them 5-3 at Rogers Arena just five days ago, but the Predators will have home advantage this time. And I’m not banking on Peter Laviolette’s team to give up five goals again.
On Saturday, the Canucks will then go up against the surging Washington Capitals, who are unquestionably the best team in the NHL right now. Not to mention, Washington has absolutely owned Vancouver in recent years — even erasing a four-goal deficit at Rogers Arena en route to a 6-5 shootout victory on Oct. 25.
On Nov. 25, Vancouver will begin the first of two games in the state of Pennsylvania when they take on an old friend in Alain Vigneault and his Philadelphia Flyers. The Pittsburgh Penguins follow on Wednesday night, and even without Sidney Crosby, they’re still as tough as they come.
So there you have it. Six games in 12 days. All on the road, with five of them coming against teams who currently sit in the playoff race.
This road trip could very well add to Vancouver’s November struggles, which just might cause them to sink in the standings. Or, maybe the Canucks will regain their October form on this trip, thus restoring confidence and setting the stage for a big push at the playoffs.
We’ll find out soon enough what this Vancouver team is made of.