Canucks can't even give away their cursed 'Reverse Retro' jerseys

Thomas Williams
·Hockey writer
·3 min read
Bet against the Canucks when they wear their Reverse Retro jerseys. (Photo by Devin Manky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Bet against the Canucks when they wear their Reverse Retro jerseys. (Photo by Devin Manky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks cannot buy a goal this season, especially when there are jerseys on the line.

In partnership with TD Canada, the Canucks are running a promotion where lucky fans can win a "Reverse Retro" jersey for every goal the team scores in selected games.

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The only problem is that the two times Vancouver has done this special giveaway this season, they’ve laid goose eggs. 

First, it was a 2-0 loss against the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 19 when backup Laurent Brossoit stood on his head in support of regular starter Connor Hellebuyck. And most recently in this tragically hilarious turn of events, a 3-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, with 38-year-old Mike Smith playing spoiler by picking up his second shutout of the season.

Fortunately for those looking to get their hands on some free merch, TD still hooked up three fans and their "Canucks buddies" with a jersey on both occasions. 

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Prior to the start of this cursed campaign, the Canucks were only shut out one other time, a 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames in their third game of the season. Vancouver is also now 0-4 when donning its polarizing new threads

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Not even the wunderkind forward trio of Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser and newcomer Nils Hoglander could break through these shabby fortresses of defence. For the Jets, it was their first shutout posted this season, and only the second for the Oilers.

This unfortunate misery is nothing new for Vancouver this season. Coming off the high of a breakout playoff appearance in the bubble last year, the Canucks have failed to recapture that magic with the season dimming to a muted whimper recently amid a four-game losing streak and a 2-9-2 record in February. 

The Canucks are allowing the third-most goals per game (3.54), while scoring the 20th-most (2.79). Vancouver now sits in sixth place in the North Division with 18 points (8-14-2), just three points above the rebuilding Ottawa Senators, who have two games in hand.

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