Shots on goal: The sucker stat

GUTS MCTAVISH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

After Monday night's loss to the Blue Jackets, the Canucks' spin machine was in full throttle.

Both players and coaches were drilling home the virtues of all those shots on goal the Canucks had amassed in their 0-3 start; an average of 40 per game.

Do you know how misleading that is to assess your team's offensive prowess?

The three common denominators in the Canucks winless start is that they have trailed by multiple goals at the halfway mark of each of their games. After their leads, all three teams altered their game plans dramatically and dropped back into a defensive shell to protect the lead. Any future scoring would come in the form of an odd-man counter attack based on the Canucks' own altered game plan of sending everyone deep in offensive panic mode.

Those Canucks are inventing positives. The NFL has always been the best example of this. Last Sunday, Seahawk back-up quarterback Seneca Wallace had a career day completing 33 of 45 attempts against Indianapolis. Superstar in the making? Hardly. Most of Wallace's lofty numbers - including the Hawks' only two touchdowns - came in the second half after the Colts were already up 34-3.

I prefer to judge an offence on how they dictate the play, not on how the other team forces them to play. It's prevent defence, folks. Nothing to see here. Move along.

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