2. Can they find success in the North Division?
With the re-aligned divisions for the 2020-21 season, the Canucks have been placed in an all-Canadian division. Vancouver has not fared well against its Canadian opponents. Last season, they didn’t have a winning record against any of them and in the past three seasons, they have had the worst record against Canadian teams among all teams north of the border.
To add to the pain, their star goaltender Jacob Markstrom left them for the Calgary Flames, a team they will have to face 10 times, including a stretch where they meet for four-straight games. Tyler Toffoli signed with the Montreal Canadiens who they will meet nine times.
With the other six Canadian teams looking like legitimate playoff contenders, this is going to be a very hard-fought season for Vancouver. There is no “easy” team to play against, and every night will feel like a playoff game.