January 11 2012 12:54PM
I was going to write a pretty long post today about Cory Schneider's regression to the mean. I think he's been pretty lax on a couple of straight starts and hasn't looked like he's been pulling his weight as much as he did during that stretch at the end of November and his numbers are finally returning to his career average.
So I looked into it, under the assumption that Schneider hadn't put up a quality start in three starts. For those who are unawares still, a quality start is a Hockey Prospectus statistic that counts whether or not a goaltender played well enough to allow his team to win: to earn a quality start, a goalie must stop 91.3% of shots in a single game, or stop 88.5% of shots while allowing two or fewer.
January 03 2012 01:15AM
Michael Handzus was on all of my playoff pool teams when I was a teenager. (Jonathan Hayward, Canadian Press)
The Canucks lost in the shootout to the Sharks, 3-2, although they did earn a point coming from behind in the third period. For full analysis and a recap in scoring chances, click past the jump...
December 29 2011 11:44PM
Vancouver waltzed into Anaheim, played one of the worst teams in hockey, and waltzed out rather easily with two points. They got a bit of flashy goaltending and had to compete for eyes with a brilliant Alamo Bowl game which featured about eleventy touchdowns, but overall it was a fine performance. The Sedins capitalized on their chances and they will be talked about in depth tomorrow, but more things happened in this game.
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December 22 2011 04:15PM
(Jimmy Howard loves Jannik Hansen by now)
After a 4-0 win against "division-leading" Minnesota on Monday night, the Canucks took to the ice against an actual good team, something they hadn't done since they beat San Jose on the 26th of November (the team went 7-3 during their cupcake schedule period) so a test against the Detroit Red Wings was definitely something the team probably needed.
And, as expected, it didn't matter how little the Canucks have been tested lately, since they controlled the game in the early going, and then shut down the play late, allowing goaltender Roberto Luongo to shine, make 38 stops, and the Canucks picked up a real marginal insurance short-handed goal on their way to a 4-2 victory.
December 20 2011 01:34AM
Going into this game, some lazy analysts may look at the standings, say "hey, Minnesota has won 20 games and lead the division" and labelled the Wild one of the best teams in hockey. This couldn't be further from the truth, as the team's record is an absolute house of cards, with goaltender Niklas Backstrom's save percentage up beyond sustainable levels, which apparently turns this game into a SHOWDOWN!
The Canucks, despite a slow start, took advantage of some bounces in the crease and the Sedins stole the show on the powerplay, giving the Canucks their second straight win and handing the Wild, suddenly reeling, their fourth straight defeat. To check detailed analysis, scoring chance data, and the statistical three stars, follow us after the jump.