Canucks Army Postgame: Oops.

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October 21 2014 10:35PM

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There are some games when everything goes perfectly right - all your stretch passes become tape-to-tape breakaways, all your shots from the high slot go bar-down, all bounces off the back boards land flush on someone's stick, all your defensive reads are perfect, and all your opponents are just a step out of position. Well, the Dallas Stars had one of those games tonight. The Vancouver Canucks did not.

The game was over before it really could get going, as Dallas capitalized on seemingly every single chance they had, potting six goals before the game was even halfway finished, en route to a 6-3 win. Read past the jump for a recap.

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Cole Cassels Named CHL Player of the Week

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October 21 2014 05:57PM

After 10 points in 4 games this past week, Canucks prospect Cole Cassels has been named the CHL Player of the Week, becoming the first Canucks prospect to win the award since Alex Mallet was recognized back in April 2012.

For a look at Cassels' season to date, read past the jump.

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Canucks Army GDT #5: Canucks @ Stars

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October 21 2014 03:51PM

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Here at Canucks Army, we make no secret that we're all fans of Jamie Benn. And really, can you blame us? What's not to love? The guy scores highlight reel goals, has won World Junior and Olympic gold medals, hits like a freight train, once busted open Jarome Iginla, and to top it all off, is from Victoria, B.C.

Benn solidified himself as a legitimate NHL star last season when he found an elite linemate in Tyler Seguin, and Jim Nill's offseason additions of Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky look to have vaulted Dallas into the conversation as one of the outside contenders to wrestle the Central Division crown away from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Needless to say, Tuesday's 5:30 PM showdown against the Stars is going to be another stiff test for the Canucks. Read past the jump.

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Adjusted Plus-Minus: Measuring Defensive Effectiveness

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October 20 2014 12:45PM

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Alex Edler: actually pretty good at preventing quality shots

Most people in the stats community dislike plus-minus, but my feelings are much stronger than that. I loathe plus-minus. It’s personal. The draft for my keeper league hockey pool was about to start and I was considering taking a flyer on a young Erik Karlsson. He was coming off his 2nd season in the NHL, where he posted an impressive 45 points. However, at minus 30 I figured he must be in for a significant drop in playing time considering he was obviously such a huge defensive liability to his team. Karlsson ended up finding himself on the roster of my arch nemesis, scored an insane 78 points, and hilarity ensued. I hate plus-minus.

In theory, plus-minus should be an immensely useful stat. The team who scores the most goals in a game wins, so by extension it seems to make sense that better defensive players would be on the ice for more goals for than goals against. Unfortunately, because this statistic is so greatly affected by goaltending and team’s on-ice shooting percentage, amongst other factors, the usefulness of plus-minus is negligible and it has been largely abandoned by the stats community.

This got me thinking: while we know plus-minus itself is a useless statistic, is there a way we could more accurately calculate the impact a player has on their terms scoring differential? Or put more simply, can we create a better plus-minus? Read past the jump to find out.

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THE NATION MINUTE

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October 20 2014 11:45AM

The Nation Network brings you the Nation Minute, a rapid fire look at stats and news around the network or NHL. On tap this week: The Canucks offense, Jonas Hiller, Ben Scrivens, Mark Fayne and more.

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