April 23 2012 05:03PM
What follows is a dry look at two goaltenders for the Vancouver Canucks this season.
In no way am I claiming that any of the following information is predictive. All I can tell you is that it is reliable, and takes into account both Canucks' goaltenders over 87 games this season.
April 19 2012 02:44PM
What is Mason Raymond?
Until this year, Mason Raymond was a puck-moving forward who drew penalties, pushed the play forward, and set up chances in the offensive zone. His unspectacular ability around the net didn't convince many people of his value, but the hidden things Raymond did away from the puck were why the Canucks wanted him in the lineup game after game after game.
Raymond secretly turned in a career year last season, doing things silently that helped the Canucks to a dominant regular season and their first ever Presidents' Trophy win.
April 18 2012 01:35PM
I haven't been impressed at all with Ryan Kesler this postseason, and not many people are. Abs aside, playoff Kesler has appeared totally different, and less effective, than regular season Kesler. Diving, whining, slashing, all the bad stuff that has made people who don't watch this team as closely as we do say: "say, that isn't right".
April 16 2012 12:26AM
(Danny Moloshok, REUTERS)
Not a good night, was this?
Cory Schneider came in, and the team showed some promise early, out-shooting Los Angeles 11-5 in the first period and bringing it to 24-11 through two. The team kept LA to a minimal amount of scoring chances in the early going, but on the inverse, many of their efforts were calm attempts from out-side the perimeter. LA broke through in the third on a goal by Dustin Brown. We know this, so do the Canucks, and, for the first time since 2001, the Canucks will head into the fourth game of a series down 3 games to 0.
What's there to go over? We have a few numbers and bullet points in the next few hundred words, as usual. Since it's a tough loss, we won't keep you for very long past the jump.
April 13 2012 11:37PM
There isn't much here. We know the score, we know the team is on the brink, we know that there's clearly something missing from this group. The team is playing a scoring chance behind every shift and leaving shots on the ice.
Toughness? Grit? Tiredness? I forget the story at this point. Vancouver had a tepid, predictable powerplay. Few positives to take from it, and they also allowed a pair of shorthanded goals (although I guess one ~technically~ wasn't).
I won't take too much of your time. It's Friday, we know the score, we know the stakes. I'll have a few thoughts on Roberto Luongo vs. Cory Schneider debate that's sure to pop up in the coming day, along with the usual stuff: chances, the Statistical Three Stars, and the Statistical Three Goats.