Canucks offence off to slow start

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:29 PM ET

It's too early to label the Canucks lack of scoring a problem. Rather, it's an area in need of improvement.

With three goals in two games, all of which have involved the Sedins, the rest of the offence have yet to click at the prolific rate of last season.

That's not to say they aren't getting chances.

The duo of Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler have 14 shots in total, but have nothing to show for. Along with Jannik Hansen Monday, they were arguably the most dangerous line for the Canucks against Florida, using their speed to force defensive turnovers by the Panthers and generating good scoring opportunities.

"We had a bunch of odd-man rushes last night, unfortunately we didn't capitalize on any," said Raymond, who leads the team with 10 shots. "We have been getting a few chances which is a positive."

No powerplays against Florida could be considered a contributing factor to the slow offensive start, as could the new faces on the team.

"It's just a feeling out process still," said centre Manny Malhotra. "We've put up a good number of shots. We've had some good scoring chance opportunities and some goalies who's made some good saves on us. It's not too much an area of concern right now."

LAME DUCK

Vancouver can expect a desperate team out of the gates Wednesday when they head to Anaheim for their first road game.

The Ducks are off to a poor start, losing three straight and scoring just two goals over the span. Monday against St. Louis, Anaheim was out shot 53-14 in a 5-1 loss.

INJURIES WATCH

Rick Rypien is expected to make his first start Wednesday after injuring his ribs during preseason. He skated on the fourth line in place of Jeff Tambellini at practice Tuesday. Defenceman Dan Hamhuis didn't skate, instead taking the day off to rest a sore groin. Coach Alain Vigneault said he should be in the lineup against Anaheim.


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