Taking a team that isn’t close to grasping its new system and putting it in front of Roberto Luongo for his first preseason game sure makes for some awkward hockey.
Actually, awkward is being a little too kind to the Vancouver Canucks for their 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.
They spent the first 12 minutes bumbling around the ice like the Cleveland Browns front office on draft day. Then, they spent the rest of the game protecting a three-goal deficit.
Brendan Gaunce scored another garbage goal. That was good. The Sedins killed penalties and if you’re all for that, they didn’t disappoint. They nearly had a couple of shorthanded scoring chances, too.
But, really, the Canucks looked like they didn’t have a clue what they were doing under John Tortorella. Turns out, they don’t.
Not yet anyway.
“We haven’t looked at a lot of changes,” Henrik Sedin said. “We looked at a little bit of the neutral zone and...