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Panic time in Canucks nation?

Mike Gillis isn’t panicking. Neither is Roberto Luongo. Canucks’ fans on the other hand … well, let’s just say the police have increased their bridge patrol these days.

Mike Gillis isn’t panicking. Neither is Roberto Luongo. Canucks’ fans on the other hand … well, let’s just say the police have increased their bridge patrol these days.

As evidenced by last night’s shootout loss to hard-charging Columbus, the Canucks problems have been visible for all to see. Inconsistent goaltending, a turnover-happy defence and constant line-juggling have resulted in eleven losses in the past 15 games.

The month-long stretch has undone much of Vancouver’s impressive start to the season and left many wondering if they were simply seduced by a team that appeared to be a legitimate contender for the Northwest division.

So how much trouble are the Canucks really in? Based on the results of the past few weeks, there is plenty of reason for concern, and the reality of the situation confirms it.

Through 47 games, the Canucks have compiled 50 points and sit seventh in the Western Conference. Post-lockout history indicates that 94 points is the approximate cut for the playoffs, although last season’s results brought that average down slightly. Simple math indicates the Canucks would need to pick up 44 points over the next 35 games to qualify for the postseason.

Their recent play might cause fans to question whether winning nearly 63 per cent of their remaining games is realistic, but a healthy Luongo, an improved Mats Sundin and a defence that plays anywhere near its resumé should be able to produce a playoff berth.

• It’s official: Cam Wake has signed in the NFL. Wake inked a four-year pact with the Miami Dolphins worth $4.9 million, which includes a signing bonus said to be worth $1 million. It’s the largest contract yet signed by a CFL player heading south and deservedly so. Wake was the CFL's Defensive Player of the Year in both of his campaigns with the Lions, racking up 39 sacks and 137 tackles in 36 regular season games.

 
 
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