Who are the real Canucks?

GUTS MCTAVISH, 24 HOURS VANCOUVER

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

The first TV program I ever saw was a grainy black and white version of the game show To Tell The Truth.

Each show consisted of a panel of four celebrity judges and three civilians, one of which had a captivating story. The other two posed as decoys in an effort to fool the judges.

This is To Tell The Truth week for the Vancouver Canucks and this time, we are the judges. Over the next six days the Canucks will face the Rangers, Penguins, Wild and the Red Wings. Four teams with a combined record of 32 games above .500.

When the dust settles, there will be no question the real Canucks will be left standing. It will also be the quarter pole of the season and a fair time to assess the squad.

This season, everyone and their dog have weighed in on who the Sedins should play with. In the past, I have said that splitting the twins up is a big mistake. Together, we know they will both finish around the 70-point range. Of course, the best that got the team last season was 11th. Great players are supposed to make others around them better.

So, with that in mind: How good would Henrik look feathering passes to Kyle Wellwood, knowing he was his first option? And how good would Daniel look one-timing Pavol Demitra's seeing-eye helpers?

As for Anson Carter's 33-goal season, I think it's time we took that memory out to the woods and put it out of its misery. It's simple: Carter was the exception and not the norm. Of course, it didn't hurt that they were a second-line unit who seldom faced the other team's Selke nominee. Add to that former coach Marc Crawford's penchant for offence and that the league hadn't quite figured out the Sedins' cycle game, and there you have it, the perfect 33-goal storm.

PLUS/MINUS: During Saturday's win over Toronto, former Leaf Kyle Wellwood finished the game with just 12:20 in ice time. That number was good for 10th among all Canuck forwards that night. Hard to imagine nine other forwards getting more playing time than the teams top goal scorer.

See Guts' game-day V-blog, posted at 11 a.m. every game day at vancouver.24hrs.ca/sportsvideo.


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