Not Prepared for Games?

Roberto Luongo has been pretty damn average since backing Team Canada to Olympic gold in Vancouver. The biggest reason for him being pulled three times in ten starts is his absolutely terrible first period stats that he has put up. In the ten games that he has played, Luongo’s save percentage has been .848% in the first period. Take away Detroit hammering 17 shots into him during Saturday’s 1st and it drops down to .813%.

Those are not the kind of numbers that the Canucks want if they want to be Canada’s first Stanley Cup champion since 1993. Luongo has made it pretty clear that he lacks confidence after giving up a lousy goal.

Here are the highlights from last year’s Game 6 vs the Blackhawks. In that game, the Nucks were up 1-0, 4-3 and 5-4, until Luuuuuuuuuuu allowed three goals in 3:17 in the 3rd period. Start the video at 5:15 and see it all unfold. They lost 7-5.

Conveniently, for today’s edition of Hodgemail, Dave Hodge is asking “What is the No. 1 reason the Vancouver Canucks will, or will not, win the Stanley Cup?”

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