Game #28 Preview: Wild @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
March 18 2013 12:44PM

The Canucks and the Wild are fighting for the Northwest Division title.

After the Minnesota Wild's free agent coup back in July, there was talk about how the Northwest would suddenly become a hotly contested division. I, like many others, laughed it off. They were still the Minnesota Wild, after all. Things were going according to plan in the early going; after a decisive 4-1 win in Minnesota on February 7th, the Canucks improved to 6-2-2 while the Wild fell to 4-5-1.

I guess you could say things have changed for both teams since then. They both currently have 32 points through the first 27 games of the season, meaning the winner of Monday night's tilt will (at least temporarily) take sole possession of the Northwest Division.

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Fun With Numbers: New Ranking System Brought To You By CBS Sports

Dimitri Filipovic
March 15 2013 01:20PM

Dustin Brown seems confused, and I can't blame him.

The hockey world has come a long way in recent years when it comes to both its acceptance, and its usage, of advanced stats. Readers of this blog have come to be familiar with them; more often than not we use those very underlying metrics in our analysis to try to explain what our eyes are telling us is happening. The way we see and think the game has definitely taken a step in the right direction because of it. We've just grazed the surface though, but individuals such as Eric Tulsky are doing a phenomenal job in helping expedite the process.

With all of that being said, there are still fossils out there who are set in their ways, falling back on the crutch that are stats such as hits, blocked shots, and plus/minus. Those are probably the same people that will tell you that you have to have a lot of grit and heart to be a successful team. 

Those people that I'm referring to seem to putting together formulas for CBS Sports, apparently. 

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Canucks Win Game In Which Everything Happens: Recap and Chance Data

Dimitri Filipovic
March 15 2013 12:18AM

Jannik Hansen made it look way too easy on this night.

If you read my preview for this game, I thank you for taking the time to do so, and appreciate your click. But boy, I could not have been more wrong. I listed a few less than flattering offensive statistics regarding the Nashville Predators, before citing the last meeting between these two teams as the reason why this would be a snooze fest.

Instead, what we were treated to was one of the more exciting Canucks games of the entire season. And quite frankly, a game which featured just about everything you'd want to see as a fan. Goals, a penalty shot, momentum swingers fights, and some more goals. It had it all. What it also had, was a final result that saw the Canucks earn two points with a 7-4 victory.

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Game #26 Preview: Predators @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
March 14 2013 01:10PM

Can't blame Carrie. This was probably taken the last time these two teams played.

The Good? Your Vancouver Canucks currently find themselves on a 1-game winning streak! They're also kicking off a 4-game stretch at home tonight.

The Bad? That win was their first in the last 5 games, as they've found themselves mired in a hideous stretch of hockey.

The Ugly? They're playing hockey against the Nashville Predators for 60-65 minutes tonight.

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Where Art Thou, Alex Burrows' Goal Scoring?

Dimitri Filipovic
March 08 2013 01:21PM

A sight for sore eyes.

These days people have differing opinions on the state of the Vancouver Canucks. Which is fitting, quite frankly, given the team's topsy turvy performance this year. Some feel obliged to call for coach Alain Vigneault's head once they see lackluster efforts like the one the Canucks submitted against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Others see performances like the one against the Los Angeles Kings, and say to themselves, "hey this makes sense, this is a top-5 possession team!" I'll let you guess which of the two camps I reside in.

Nonetheless, one thing we can all agree on is that this team has had their share of troubles scoring goals of late. Over the past 7 games - a stretch in which they went 2-3-2 - they managed to score 15 goals. Keep in mind that 5 of those came in one game. Now the team sits at 17th in the league in goals/game, a far cry from their top-5 finishes in the past two seasons.

Yesterday, Thomas Drance highlighted the issues on the power play. It also wouldn't hurt their cause if first-line winger Alex Burrows started converting on some of his chances.

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