Canucks Post Game: Miller takes pulse, Baertschi takes stock, Tanev takes two
Points to ponder as the Canucks, who have scored five or more goals on seven occasions this season, are suddenly in a skid, netting just five in their past four games, including a 2-1 loss to the Devils on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Arena:
MILLER TAKES PULSE: ‘’There’s no panic in this team, we’re playing pretty well’
J.T. Miller has been around.
He has played for Alain Vigneault and John Tortorella. He has had back-to-back 22-goal seasons in the Madison Square Garden spotlight and has made a half dozen playoff appearances. So when the winger speaks, it usually comes from a been-there-done-that place.
He’s a veteran and new to the scene but doesn’t have to sugar-coat anything. And if you need proof, his tone and body language said a lot post game. It said: ‘I’m pissed off that we lost but I can see some good things.’
When asked about the Canucks not mustering enough Grade A chances against the Devils, despite 31 shots, he offered an education as someone who knows New Jersey’s DNA. It has never changed.
“There are not many Grade As when you play the Devils,” he started. “They defend first and they’re all committed to blocking shots (23) and there’s nothing on the inside — even 5-on-4 — and it’s similar to the last time we played them (1-0 loss).”
The questioning then reverted to how to generate second and third scoring chances.
“One of those (pucks) bouncing on your tape,” added ...
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