Vancouver Canucks Must Improve Power Play Before Playoffs

By Andy Schmidt
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There are several things that define a successful team during playoff time in the NHL, and the No. 1 thing on that list would be a strong power play. The Vancouver Canucks have a lot of work to do to get part of their game in shape, being the second-worst team in the league scoring on the power play at a 13 percent success rate.

The team isn’t scoring a ton of goals as it is, sitting in the middle of the NHL in goals per game, with the man-advantage not helping any.

The Canucks have just two power play goals during the month of March in 15 games so far. It hasn’t mattered much since Vancouver has won six straight games behind Cory Schneider in net, but it must be a point of concern going forward. Schneider isn’t going to play this well the rest of the season, so getting more goals out of the power play would take some pressure off the team’s goalies.

I like what the Canucks have showed lately but players like Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin need to put the puck in the net with the man-advantage. The Canucks are in a fight for the Northwest Division title right now, but it looks like the second-place team may still end up in fourth place in the Western Conference.

There is still 14 games left for the Canucks this season and with a playoff berth very likely, it is time to work on the power play before the playoffs.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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