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Vancouver Canucks are trying to establish an identity 

Glenn Kaplan
116   //    29 Oct 2017, 17:59 IST

Washington Capitals v Vancouver Canucks
Washington Capitals v Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks have been abysmal for the past couple of seasons. They haven't made the postseason since the 2014-2015 season when they lost to the Calgary Flames in six games in the first round.

Vancouver have missed the postseason in three out of the last four years. Their record is 6-3-1 with 13 points so far this season. They currently sit in third place in the Pacific Division. Travis Green is the new coach for Vancouver this season and they are playing hard every night for him.

Vancouver have taken advantage of Calgary, Anaheim, San Jose, and Edmonton getting off to slow starts but the Canucks know they need to keep up the pace. The Canucks haven't won a Stanley Cup in franchise history. They went to the finals in the 2010-2011 season and lost to the Boston Bruins in seven games.

Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin have been with this franchise since the 2000-2001 season. They have been quiet so far this season though. Daniel has scored two goals and recorded two assists so far this season. His plus/minus is -3. Henrik meanwhile has recorded three assists so far this season. His plus/minus is -3.

Derek Dorsett leads the Canucks with six goals. Sven Baertschi has scored four goals and recorded four assists so far this season and has a plus/minus of 4. Bo Horvat has scored four goals and recorded three assists so far this season. His plus/minus is 3. Thomas Vanek signed a contract with Vancouver in the offseason and he has scored four goals so far this season.

Jacob Markstrom's record is 3-2-1 with a 2.48 GAA and a .908 save percentage. Anders Nilsson's record is 3-1 with a 1.88 GAA and a .943 save percentage, along with two shutouts.

Solid goaltending is one way to stay competitive all season long. The Canucks don't have enough superstars to compete for a possible championship, but competing night in and night out is a good place to begin.

Glenn Kaplan
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