The Vancouver Canucks reach the midpoint of their 2011-12 NHL season tonight against the Minnesota Wild, sitting atop the Northwest Division and second in the Western Conference. Based on Tuesday's stats package, they had the league's No. 1 power play, were third in goal scoring average, third in faceoffs, seventh in defence and seventh on the penalty kill. Those numbers, while impressive, don't measure up to last season's stupendous President's Trophy winning team that wound up first in four of the five categories and tied for second in the other (penalty killing – like what happened there?) So are the boys satisfied, or dissatisfied? Happy? Sad? Any of the above? None of the above? "I think we're satisfied," captain Henrik Sedin responded Tuesday after an off-ice workout at Rogers Arena. "I mean, with the start we had, to be where we are now is pretty good. We knew it was going to be tough early on and we kept battling through it and the last few weeks have been a lot better."
'Always room for improvement' says Henrik Sedin
Vancouver Sun | Jan 4