Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 3/8/13
Early struggles in a truncated season There is a slight chance you grimaced at the title of this article, and I guess you have the right to do so, but the Canucks are in an interesting position right now. Though they sit third in the Western Conference as of now, they’re only three points up on the Minnesota Wild.  I know it’s hard and seems rather ridiculous to harp on a team that currently sits in third place in the conference, but this is different. This is a division the Canucks have owned for quite some time. The fact that they’re battling the Wild for top spot in the division is no surprise either. Last year at this time it was the Wild who sat in third place while the Canucks tried to make their way to the top of the standings. However, in a truncated season the Canucks issues seem a lot more pronounced then they did last season at this time. At the 23 game mark in a regular 82 game season there is still room for improvement, significant room, actually. But when you’re a nose...
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