Everybody loves Raymond – except possibly the Sedins

Vancouver (4-5-0) at Los Angeles (3-4-1)

One of the more interesting things to watch for tonight when the Canucks visit the Staples Centre is the re-casting of the first line, with talented youngster Mason Raymond replacing the talented but unproductive youngster Steve Bernier alongside the Sedin twins.

It’s hard to find fault with Vigneault’s decision here. Like many Canucks fans, my appetite whetted at the prospect of a player with Bernier’s size and hands playing with the Sedins. Unfortunately, the combination has not lived up to its billing, with Bernier probably the only Canuck struggling more than the twins right now. Meanwhile, Raymond has been productive and, at least, appears to offer a potent offensive threat on most nights this season.

Raymond, who is a gifted winger blessed with excellent skating ability and speed, offers an entirely different dimension from an offensive standpoint than Bernier, who tends to look for scoring opportunities in high percentage areas in-and-around the net.

Unfortunately, this is one reason why I am sceptical of this combination. Raymond is an effective offensive player because his quickness allows him to generate quality chances off-the-rush. The Sedins rarely muster an offensive threat when not working out of the corners off of the cycle. I highly doubt whether Raymond will be able to get into the necessary areas to be an effective complement to the Sedins’ game.

I hope I’m wrong, mind you.

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