It’s over. The Vancouver Canucks couldn’t dig themselves out of a 3-0 series hole, and now the Presidents’ Trophy winners will be practising their golf swing for the next few months. The No. 8 Kings are onto the next round. Maybe next year?
Vancouver, the leader in the NHL’s Western Conference, is only eighth in the league in games lost to injury and illness this season. But many of their injuries have been concentrated on defence and the losses have been particularly critical in the last 20 games.
Above is a look at how the Canucks have deployed six defencemen each game, the reasons for time missing and other statistical points of interest.