January 27 2015 11:37PM
Whoa, Canucks were so bad there's a military coup under way pic.twitter.com/Taaq6oOBTb— petbugs (@petbugs13) January 28, 2015
Facing the leading horse in the Presidents' Trophy race is hardly what I'd call easing back into the routine. With the Anaheim Ducks winners of seven of their last eight, this is doubly true. Making matters worse, the Vancouver Canucks did little to help their cause. Poor goaltending, worse decision making and bad penalties crippled the Canucks early and their inability to generate anything offensively drove the final nails in their coffin. When it was all said and done, the disinterested Canucks dropped tonight's contest with the Ducks by a score of 4-0.
There's not a lot to chew on, but we'll make the most out of what the Canucks did offer on the other side of the jump. There's serious potential here for more talking points than there were shots for Vancouver in the final two frames, so that's something.
January 27 2015 02:10PM
The All-Star break is officially over, and the Vancouver Canucks will be back in action tonight to face Ryan Kesler and the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks, kicking off a six-game home stand. The visitors from Orange County come in red hot, having won five games in a row, and have owned the Canucks of late, going 8-1-1 against their Pacific division rivals.
All three games between these two teams this season have gone to overtime though, so it's been a tightly contested series. The Canucks hope that continues tonight, as they look to distance themselves from the 4th and 5th place Flames and Kings in the Pacific.
Read past the jump for a preview.
January 27 2015 11:00AM
In the third episode of the Hockey Graphs Podcast, Garret and Rhys argue about the definition of what a sandwich is, mourn the death of Corsi, kick rocks at Mike Richards, and have a look at some prospects. Also, Garret has NEWS! Join us after the jump!
January 27 2015 09:30AM
In MoneyPuck’s most recent article, he analyzed the NHL success rate of CHL forwards based on their size and point production . We know that offensive production is not the single determining factor as to whether an NHL player is good from an analytics perspective, but MoneyPuck demonstrated that point production in the CHL is a good indicator of NHL success. Similarly, a player who is taller than average also increases their chances of success. If you combine both factors positively in a young CHL forward, their chance of success rises greatly.
In our previous experiment, we split forward and defencemen data, as they are two different types of players and their success rates are different. In this article, I will continue where MoneyPuck left off to present you the success rates for CHL defencemen, broken down by their height and CHL scoring rate.
January 26 2015 11:48AM
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They've been called "the Glenn Healy" of NHL Power Rankings, they've been furiously annotated and derided as useless. And now they're here. Available across the Nation Network: it's NHL Power Rankings!