The Vancouver Canucks have dealt with their share of struggles, though few teams have been playing worse than the New York Islanders.
After an up-and-down road trip, Vancouver begins a three-game homestand Sunday night against an Islanders squad which is winless on the road.
Vancouver (8-8-1) likely envisioned a better start after its run to the Stanley Cup finals last season. The Canucks have yet to put together more than two consecutive victories after finishing a 3-3-0 road trip with a 4-3 loss Friday in Anaheim.
Vancouver fell behind 4-0 after two periods, and a third-period rally in which it outshot Anaheim 22-2 fell short.
''In the third period, we played the way we should play and showed how good we can be,'' said Daniel Sedin, who had two assists and is among the league leaders with 16. "In the first two periods, we weren't good enough. We should play the whole game like we did in the third period.''
Aaron Rome didn't help matters when he received a game misconduct and ...