March 08 2012 11:33PM
The Vancouver Canucks played the Winnipeg Jets for the first time in 16 years was the storyline coming into this one, although, I do believe they played Atlanta last spring, and Phoenix last week, so I'm not too sure about the factual basis for this one. What I do know, however, is that Winnipeg is an alright team in the playoff race, held back by some shaky goaltending.
That wasn't really on display tonight, however. The Canucks put three past Ondrej Pavelec, one by Ryan Kesler, one by Alex Edler and one by Sammy Pahlsson, but they also took 45 shots on goal and came back from a third period deficit to win 3-2.
For further analysis, Statistical Three Stars, Statistical Three Goats, and scoring chances, click after the jump…
March 06 2012 11:53PM
This was a straight-up awful performance team-round by the Vancouver Canucks. The team didn't get the saves it needed from Roberto Luongo, the defence left a lot of gaps open, and the forwards simply didn't do enough to pressure the Dallas net. Despite two scoring chances right off the hop, including a penalty shot and the first goal from Chris Higgins, the Canucks let themselves slowly get beat up mathematically in this one.
On the plus side, my endorsement of Steve Ott at the trading deadline was vindicated. This man was a horse tonight. Not so much Seabiscuit, but more like Hidalgo. Analysis, scoring chances, Statistical Stars and Goats and more after the jump.
March 06 2012 01:59PM
Every now and then at Canucks Army, we get big heads. It started when Alain Vigneault began to use Alex Edler more regularly as one of his first two shooters in the shootout, much like I suggested in this post last month. 'Maybe,' we thought, 'one of hockey's smartest organizations every now and then uses data provided for free by a few dapper kids running a website,' which doesn't seem too ridiculous to me, especially with our vast experience working in the hockey industry.
March 03 2012 11:12PM
In the games only bright spot: Zack Kassian didn't look out of place on the 2nd line.
Roberto Luongo had an awful start to this one, not bailing out the defense that had a shaky start as well, allowing five scoring chances in a little over five minutes. Ville Leino came out of the game swinging and potted a pair in the first four minutes and Brad Boyes got the clincher, a goal that wasn't counted initially.
David Booth scored a pair and Zack Kassian scored one against his former team to make the score close late, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, as they say. Canucks drop the second game on this extended home stand.
The recap tonight won't be too long, but we'll still have the Canucks Army staples: Scoring Chances, the Statistical Three Stars, and, appropriately, the Statistical Three Goats.
March 02 2012 10:22AM
Friday night, Grabner scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season in New York’s 9-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. By the way, that’s one more goal than 2009 No. 1 overall pick John Tavares has with the Islanders this season.
Grabner is on pace for 30 goals and was one of the rookies selected to play in last month’s all-star weekend festivities, where he won the fastest skater competition.
Think Gillis and Tallon wouldn’t both like a mulligan on him?
Looking at this in retrospect, you can see why I'm not getting too beat up over the fact that the Vancouver Canucks also dealt Cody Hodgson while he was going through a similar offensive stretch to Michael Grabner in New York one year ago.