January 24 2012 11:18PM
In the last game before the week-long All-Star break, the Vancouver Canucks had plenty to play for. If you believe in momentum, I guess it's good to go into the break on a positive, and, despite Edmonton's record and their perpetual ineptitude over the last five years, they're still a division rival who have played Vancouver tough this season.
The Canucks played to a tie, but picked up the extra point in the shootout thanks to a stellar performance by Roberto Luongo. The Canucks starter stopped 4-of-5 shooters, and Vancouver's club got the game-winner from Cody Hodgson on a simple forehand, five-hole shot that beat Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk. For more analysis, a scoring-chance breakdown, and the Statistical Three Stars (you can't get them anywhere else!), click past the jump.
January 21 2012 05:02PM
(Image courtesy of Nucks Misconduct - Couldn't resist)
The Vancouver Canucks stuck it to CBC, scheduling an afternoon affair in Vancouver against the San Jose Sharks, for their third Western Final rematch since Christmas. It was their last game of the season against the perennial playoff contenders, finishing the season series at 3-0-1 over their Pacific rivals with a 4-3 win with a lucky goal from Cody Hodgson in the game's waning minutes. After a pretty slow affair, the pace picked up for the third period and the team's played to a pretty entertaining finish.
For more in-depth analysis, scoring chance numbers, and the statistical three stars, click past the jump...
January 17 2012 11:39PM
"Luongo earned them a single point," admitted John Shorthouse at the end of tonight's broadcast of the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings game, the game itself was a 2-2 tie, though the Kings won in the skill competition and the bonus point went home with the white, black and silver visitors from tinseltown. There wasn't any hyperbole to Shorthouse's statement —the Canucks came out flat—and Luongo held the team in the game early with several terrific saves, was strong throughout the game, and made a pair of big saves in overtime before being beaten by Justin Williams and Mike Richards in the shootout.
Final score, I reluctantly accept, officially was 3-2 for the Kings. For detailed analysis, the Statistical Three Stars, and a Scoring Chance Table, please click past the jump.
January 16 2012 11:27AM
-...yeah, pretty much (Photo via Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
It was long, depressing and boring, and Ricky Gervais wasn't even around to save the day. The Canucks came home from a four-game road trip and looked lifeless through two periods, generating nothing offensively, and allowing an inferior hockey team to walk all over them at home ice. For analysis, statistical three stars, and a scoring chance recap, click past the jump.
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.