Vancouver Canucks Back in First Place to Stay

By Andy Schmidt
Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Canucks went through a skid for about a month halfway through this shortened 2013 NHL schedule. The last two weeks though have seen a completely different Vancouver team and with a win on Thursday, the Canucks have worked their way back into first place in the Northwest Division. It was yet another strong night out of Cory Schneider in getting the shutout.

I had mentioned not too long ago that the Sedins needed to start scoring more. I have been of the belief that they needed to score 25 points in the team’s last 12 games. Henrik Sedin scored and had an assist while Daniel Sedin added an assist so there’s three points to add to the total. I don’t know if people understand what could happen with this Canucks team going forward though. The trade for Derek Roy brings more offense but the non-trade of Roberto Luongo could be the biggest story. Luongo has been sitting around now for the past number of games watching Schneider play very well most of the time. I would think that Luongo wants to prove something next time he gets on the ice.

Vancouver should go straight to Luongo if Schneider struggles at any point during the rest of the regular season. Luongo hates his contract as he has mentioned and should get a chance in between the pipes again soon to prove he is worthy of a trade. The moves that the Canucks made though will be enough to get this team into the playoffs as the No. 3 seed and a team that will make some serious noise. I like what Vancouver is doing and now am quite interested to see if they can keep it going.

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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