November 30 2011 01:52PM
The simplest way to win a hockey game is not to "forecheck harder" than the opposition. You don't get two points for blocking more shots than the other team, and at the end of the day, no one cares if you played more physically or even directed more shots at the net. What matters is the scoreboard, and the simplest way to win a hockey game is to score more goals than the other team.
It's such an easy concept, and yet, when analyzing the standings throughout the season and looking to see where there's room for teams to move, the "put the puck in the net, prevent the same" formula is all too often thrown to the wayside.
November 28 2011 01:36PM
Alexander Ovechkin, the "Great Eight", former Calder Trophy winner and possessor of the best individual single season since the lockout, in which he earned the Art Ross, Rocket Richard and Hart trio, along with the Lester B. Pearson Award. And 65 goals to boot.
But, the questions that have fans thinking are as follows: 'How does a 65-goal scorer at 21 score just 32 at 24? How is he one of the biggest scoring busts so far on the current season, with just 8 goals through 22 games, as one of the most naturally gifted people on the planet entering what should be his prime?'
November 24 2011 02:06PM
I tuned into Sportsnet last night a few minutes before the game started and one of those Canucks TV segments was trolling along before the game. I don't typically watch those because there's usually nothing in my own specific interest that pops up, but I happened to tune in mentally because I saw Canucks assistant General Manager Laurence Gilman on-screen as host Barry MacDonald asked him a question about Moneyball. The full interview is up at Canucks.Com but I've quoted the relevant sections of the interview pertaining to the interest of this blog and its readers.
November 20 2011 08:49AM
I was six when that picture was taken, and had the opportunity to go, having an uncle on the team. Being scared of the noise in the old domed stadium, I never went, and its one of the biggest regrets I have. I can't remember the game, but it would be nice to say I was in the building for Vancouver's greatest sports moment.
November 19 2011 03:23PM
On Thursday, I had a post about the Vancouver Canucks early penalty-killing successes and struggles, and which players were the most successful on that aspect of special teams. Today, I'll look at the powerplay.