Are blocked shots really valuable?

Cam Charron
March 31 2012 11:51AM

If you're going to quote blocked shots in analysis, make damn sure that you're looking at an overall percentage of shot attempts blocked rather than the raw number of blocked shots.

And even then, it still may not matter.

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Star Burned: Recapping the Canucks 5-2 win over Dallas

Cam Charron
March 30 2012 11:28PM

(Jeff Vinnick - Getty)

The Vancouver Canucks took it easy on their fans' nails tonight, potting five past the opposing goaltenders and playing a very effective high-event game for a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars, significantly impacting their Texan rivals' playoff hopes. The Canucks got goals from Chris Higgins, Sami Salo, Andrew Alberts (!), Alex Burrows and Maxim Lapierre and Cory Schneider was strong in the Canuck net, with another quality start and some terrific saves when the game was in its infant stages.

For a full recap, analysis, scoring chances, the Statistical Three Stars and Goats, and all that fun stuff, click past the jump.

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Vancouver wins hockey game against Colorado - Recap and scoring chances

Cam Charron
March 29 2012 12:24AM

Chris Higgins scored a shorthanded goal in a 1-0 win. Cory Schneider got the shutout for the Canucks, their second 1-0 shutout in as many games with different goalies. The first line didn't score. But we know those storylines.

For more detailed analysis, the Statistical Three Stars and Goats and scoring chance data, click ahead.

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Henrik Sedin apologizes for being Swedish, shouldn't have to

Cam Charron
March 23 2012 12:29PM

"You're kidding me," Don Cherry once said of the player that the Toronto Maple Leafs traded Wendel Clark for back in 1994. "I hope somebody's kidding me that you would trade Clark for Mats Sundin." 

You'd like to think those sorts of attitudes have receded with the passage of time. As players like Lidstrom and Chara have proven that Europeans can play tough hockey and captain NHL teams to Stanley Cup glory, you'd think such attitudes would start to become extinct. At least that's what you'd hope. Tony Gallagher, however, went full Don Cherry in his Canuck Hat-Trick post from Wednesday morning, and you should never go full Don Cherry. "Is this guy supposed to be a banger or a Euro?" What an unconventional way to lead off a thought.

The antiquated meme that Canadians are tough guys while Europeans are weaklings who grew up wanting Olympic Glory and don't care about hoisting the cup is still prevalent in old-school hockey circles. But Cherry's weekly rants that lend only credibility and showcase the positive play of a few Canadians who still play the old school way that Cherry learned in the 1970s is one thing, a columnist for a newspaper writing these actual words and sending them to an editor, who published the piece online, is quite another.

This archaic mindset doesn't escape the notice of Europeans playing in the league. After Henrik Sedin saw his brother get smoked by Duncan Keith with a vicious elbow to the face later that day, you could tell Henrik was frustrated with the way that the story was likely to get spun in the Chicago or national newspapers.

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Meatheads on Madison - Canucks drop OT decision to Blackhawks

Cam Charron
March 21 2012 11:53PM

(This didn't actually happen in this game. Do you really think Keith would have answered the bell?)

It was close, it was painful, it was thrilling, but most importantly the Vancouver Canucks put forward a strong second half effort in a game that was overshadowed by a sideshow of Duncan Keith elbowing Daniel Sedin in the face and walking away with a two-minute minor. There was a lot of emotion in the game after that incident, but cooler heads prevailed in the end and the teams played a penalty-free, open ice game of hockey in the third period in a game that was taken to overtime.

From there, the Canucks had pressure, but Chicago got the only two chances of the extra frame, with Andrew Shaw re-directing a Johnny Oduya shot from in close that fooled Roberto Luongo and gave the Blackhawks two points.

This game had a big negative (other than the loss) but some positives as well. For full analysis, scoring chances, the Statistical Three Stars and Goats, click past the jump...

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