Canuck Killers: 5 Roadblocks on Vancouver’s Journey to the Stanley Cup

February 25th, 2011 by Brian Langen Leave a reply »
Let’s rewind the clock back 18 years, all the way back to 1993.  Wow, that’s a long time ago.  

Jean Chretien and Bill Clinton just began to lead their respective countries, Jurassic Park was the highest grossing film, Whitney Houston topped the charts with “I Will Always Love You," and, oh yeah, it was the last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup.

Based on that statistic, Canadians across the country should be thanking their lucky stars for the Vancouver Canucks. 

At this point in the season, the Canucks are the outright favourite to raise Lord Stanley come early-June. 

Yes, a strong case could be made for the Flyers, but let’s take a second look at Vancouver’s impressive resume.

The Canucks are first in the league in goals per game, goals against per game, powerplay percentage and faceoff percentage.

Pretty good, right?  But wait; there’s more.

The Canucks are also fourth in the league in penalty killing, and have the second-highest winning percentage when scoring first, and when leading after the first. 

Yep, I thin ...

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