May 03 2013 12:30PM
Quick observation on faceoffs based on Game 1. This seems to be the target for Vancouver Canucks observers and I don't particularly get why. Any microanalysis on faceoffs I don't like to trust. For one, the NHL is inconsistent in properly rewarding winners and losers of draws. For two, virtually anybody who looks at faceoffs on a macro-level usually finds inconclusive evidence that teams that are good at winning and losing draws help teams win a lot of games.
There's some evidence to indicate that faceoffs have a hand in puck-possession, but it's not the thing. Vancouver, New Jersey and Ottawa all seemed to do well at overall possession, calculated by shot differential statistics, this season without being particularly proficient on faceoffs. Boston, San Jose and Chicago are good at draws.
It's a thing but it's not the thing.
April 22 2013 12:24PM
Frankie Corrado is many things and I'm sure his story will be told by somebody with access over the coming days. He was one of the last cuts to the Canadian World Junior team, a late-blooming fifth-round pick from 2011 and an ex-Sudbury Wolf who was traded to the Kitchener Rangers at the OHL trade deadline this season. He is also too old to have a name with "-ie" tagged onto the end of it. Most importantly for our purposes, he is a right-shooting defenceman now on a roster that has little.
This is a particularly thin roster the Canucks have on defence right now, stretched thinner thanks to injuries to Kevin Bieksa, Chris Tanev, and now Keith Ballard. Tanev and Bieksa are the unfortunate injuries and who knows how long Bieksa's "day-to-day" will last.
April 09 2013 02:50PM
The amazing thing about Cory Schneider's career is the lack of valleys along the way. You can't point to a grouping of ten games in a row where Schneider's performance has been substandard except for right at the start of his career.
I've organized a chart looking at Schneider's career save percentage cumulative and from a rolling 10-game average. After the jump…
March 30 2013 10:49AM
Photo Credit: DARRYL DYCK , THE CANADIAN PRESS
Today marks the end of our "bold moves" series examining recent decisions by Mike Gillis. The past bets - be it Keith Ballard, or David Booth, or Zack Kassian - haven't paid off, and we have about six years to determine whether or not the Canucks' decision to go with Cory Schneider between the pipes instead of Roberto Luongo does. That said, we'll do our best to get way out ahead of this one today so read past the jump.
March 24 2013 01:13PM
*Movie about the hapless Cleveland Indians
In order to assemble a losing team, the owner distributes a list of players to be invited to spring training. The baseball executives say that most of these players are way past their prime. Fans see the list in the paper and remark, "I've never even heard of half these guys."
Our situation closely resembles the movie.
I can't go a post on Canucks Army, even a game preview, without quoting Moneyball in some form, but that explanation is as good as any for how the Canucks have managed a three-game win streak with a skeleton squad. Even worse, they're doing it with several players who have two first names.