Barring a relative barrage of goals in their remaining 17 games - and hands up everyone expecting that - the Vancouver Canucks are headed for their most futile offensive season in team history.
Entering Saturday night’s home game against the Calgary Flames, the Canucks have scored 148 goals this season (not counting their three shootout-winning tallies). The fewest number of goals ever scored by a Canucks team in a full season (not counting lockout-shortened campaigns) were the 192 registered by the 1998-99 Canucks.
To surpass that number, the Canucks need 45 goals in their final 17 games, or an average of 2.64 per game. The Canucks are currently 28th overall in league averaging 2.28 goals per game.
However, that number is in a free-fall as the Canucks have only managed to score nine goals in their last nine games.
The Canucks’ decline in scoring has been precipitous. Back in 2010-11, when they went to Game 7 the Stanley Cup final, Vancouver led...