The Vancouver Canucks are struggling with some very basic statistical analysis.
They’ve allowed the fifth-fewest goals per game in the league.
Their goals against average is now 2.54.
Their power play is tied for the worst in the NHL.
And they’ve surrendered the fourth-fewst goals per 60 minutes.
The Canucks’ defense is also a problem.
While they’ve been good at defending against the puck, they’ve struggled on the power play.
It’s been a weakness for the Canucks for years.
Last year’s team averaged 1.85 goals per power play attempt, the worst mark in the Western Conference.
They haven’t been particularly efficient against the man-advantage this season either.
This season, the Canucks have allowed the third-fewgest power play goal differential in the entire NHL, according to War on Ice.
The good news for the team is that it’s not a problem that can be fixed overnight.
Vancouver is still a good defensive team.
It just has trouble winning in the face of adversity.
It has struggled to get out of its own end of the ice, and it is still struggling to score.
The team needs to take steps to fix this, and they need to fix it soon.
The Canucks need to improve on the defensive side of the puck.
The good news is that they’ve already taken a step toward doing so.
The team’s goaltending has been very bad this season.
The season has been a wash, with the Canucks going 7-10-1, allowing a .878 save percentage and 3.26 goals against.
A 5-8-0 record.
That was the worst season in the team’s history.
The goaltending also isn’t the problem.
The problem is the defense.
Vancouver has been bad at getting back into their own end on the rush.
They have been especially bad on the penalty kill.
Their penalty kill is now at the lowest level it’s been since the 2011-12 season, when it was at 19th in the League.
The defensive zone is also an issue.
Vancouver’s defensive zone start percentage is now the second-worst in the East.
The Vancouver penalty kill has been especially stingy in the zone this season, with a 30.6 percent success rate on their first six power plays.
That is a huge difference from last season, where the Canucks were at 24.6.
This season, they have a 31.6 success rate, which is the worst rate in the history of the Canucks.
The last time the Canucks had a worse offensive zone start rate was in the 2010-11 season, which was also a bad season.
The Canucks have the worst offensive zone starts per 60 against in the West.
They also rank third in the Atlantic Division, behind only Montreal and Toronto.
The penalty kill hasn’t been great either, allowing the third fewest goals against per 60.
The problem is that Vancouver has no one to blame but itself.
The biggest culprit for their woes is their coaching.
The organization has been looking to make some changes to their defensive system for a while.
They were in the midst of a rebuild, and general manager Jim Benning took a huge step back in the off-season.
He brought in former Edmonton Oilers coach Peter Laviolette to replace Mike Babcock as coach.
That meant the Canucks made a change at the top of their defensive depth chart.
They moved forward with an overhaul at their top defensive pairing, which included the signing of veteran Mark Fistric.
Fistric is a big defender who has played in all four of the team�s Stanley Cup Finals and is one of the top five defensemen in the game.
He’s not an overly physical player, but he is a hard worker and has a knack for getting under the skin of opposing players.
He has a great understanding of the defensive system, and he has been able to get that knowledge to his defensive partners.
The goal is to have more aggressive, puck-moving defensemen.
The best way to accomplish that is by having more of a puck-handling specialist in Fistric, who is a good skater, and who can play in all situations.
The addition of Fistric should make things easier on the defense corps.
The only difference is that the team needs a little bit more depth at the forward positions.
The goal is that Fistric can get in and out of the lineup, and that helps the rest of the defensemen to get into position.
The big question with Fistric comes down to who will be on the back end of his defensive pairings.
He is a top-pairing defenseman, but the team has a lack of other top-four defenseman in that area.
The answer is not going to be Fistric or anyone else.
The front office is likely going to go with the best pairing they can find, which means Fistric could be paired