VANCOUVER, BC – 27 JANUARY: Goalie Thatcher Demko # 35 of the Vancouver Canucks saves the puck against the Ottawa Senators during NHL hockey action at Rogers Arena on Jan. January 2021 in Vancouver, Canada (Photo by Rich Lam / Getty Images)

The team is now in their first winning streak of the season and there seems to be a positive energy surrounding them now, of course we have to keep in mind that those two wins were achieved by beating the Senators, most of whom were people predicted they would finish last in the Canadian division

Even so, the Canucks were fairly dominant in the first two legs of this miniseries for five out of six periods. Their only flaw came in the opening frame of last night’s game when Ottawa fired a staggering 24 shots on goal

Outside of those 20 minutes, Vancouver played a full game and received contributions from the top and bottom of the lineup. Hopefully this is a sign of better future prospects, but the sample size is not yet large enough to allow definitive conclusions to be drawn

That was the first question Canucks fans asked in the first eight games of the season, even as the team’s other problems emerged

Well, Pettersson temporarily put an end to those worries after putting on his best performance of the year last night by assisting on a JT Miller’s goal before shedding his first of the season

He hasn’t shown the sheer dominance we expect every night, but I’m optimistic these gigs will be back soon after he hit the scoreboard and got the monkey off his back

Additionally, the Lotto line looked much better overall, with both the Corsi and expected target percentages just below 65%

Again, this came up against a relatively flat senatorial team, but it’s still a good sign

Nine games in the season, Tyler Motte is second in the league with five goals

Yes, you read that right. The penalty specialist Motte has already exceeded his goal from last season and is halfway to surpassing his previous career high two years ago when he finished nine times in 74 games found

Of course, we shouldn’t expect him to maintain this level of production, but after his stellar performance during the playoffs last year, Motte may have untapped offensive potential previously unknown to fans

As you can see, his first hit was a simple rebound from a shot by Tyler Myers, while his second came from a lucky rebound that hit a Senators defender before landing in the net.Both targets can be considered lucky , but it proves he has a knack for landing in the right place at the right moment, which is a skill in itself

If Motte can have an offensive breakout this season, it will greatly improve the bottom six and give the top guns the much-needed secondary rating

Although the game ended in a blowout, Thatcher Demko had to stand tall in the first phase to give his team a chance to claim a win

As I mentioned, the Canucks gave up 24 shots in the opening frame alone, and Demko scored 42 saves in the night. Many of his stops also came from close range, with one particularly noticeable in the third

After conceding seven goals against Montreal last week, Demko has now allowed two in as many games, which shows his resilience and competitiveness. Braden Holtby will kick off tonight but don’t be surprised the team are different relies more on Demko in the future if he continues his impressive game

The Canucks are right back tonight, you guessed it, the Senators once again This is the third and final meeting between the two teams before they compete again in March Vancouver has been able to take advantage of a weaker Ottawa team so far, and if they do this again tonight, they’ll be back in the mix in the Canadian division

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