With their win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, the Canucks moved into first place in the entire NHL. What does this mean exactly? Well, unless they start awarding Stanley Cups in January, not a whole heck of a lot. Even being at the top of the standings at the end of the season usually means squat given that the President’s trophy winners have only won the cup five times in the last 20 years. But you can excuse Canucks fans for getting a little giddy right now. After all, being at the top of the league’s standings near the midway point of the season has been a rarity during this team’s 40 year history.
Being in first place is a feather in the cap for this team right now. That’s all. It certainly beats second or third place though. It’s also important for the Canucks to finish as high as possible within their conference to ensure the “easiest” path (theoretically) to the Stanley Cup. Aside from Pittsburgh in 2009, every Stanley Cup winning team in the last 10 years has finished 1st or 2nd in their conference.
So what’s the take home message here? Enjoy being in first place for now Canucks fans, but there’s a lot of work left to be done. Until then, make room on the bandwagon!