The team’s defence won’t improve if they keep playing shorthanded.
With the team carrying all of the momentum into the second period after an assertive first, the Canucks poor discipline really hung the team up to dry.
Penalties from Rathbone, Juolevi, Madison Bowey, the debutant Jason Dickinson and youngster Danila Klimovich never allowed the Canucks to take control of the game as they did at the start.
The Kraken come away from this game with three powerplay goals from powerplay units that only practiced special teams the morning before the game!
Talk about giving the game away!
Watching the Canucks in the second and third periods was frustrating because they could not help themselves in any way, and despite a goal in the second period from Nils Höglander to level the game, the Kraken kept the momentum and carried it forward adding two more goals to their tally.
With a little rant out the way, we must keep in mind this was the first game this preseason, along with that the Canucks played a young line-up for the most part against a Kraken team that had all of their big names in the team.
With that being said, we all know that the Canucks defence is the weak point of this team, so, discipline has to be one of the priorities for the squad, otherwise, an already struggling defence just gets thrown under the bus and the team spends most of the game chasing instead of controlling.
One can be sure that Travis Green will address the discipline issues in tomorrow’s game against the Calgary Flames because a Canucks team is a dangerous team at full strength or on the powerplay, it’s just about eliminating silly cross-checking and tripping penalties.
- Will Lockwood looked solid, didn’t offer much but for a fourth-line forward, he did well forechecking.
- Brad Hunt seemed to fit in well and his experience would add a lot to the squad.
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