Who are the Canucks early penalty killing leaders?

Cam Charron
November 17 2011 02:27PM

-Why is Andrew Alberts at the forefront in this article about Canucks penalty killing?
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The Canucks penalty kill allowed two goals last night to Chicago, but otherwise they have been pretty solid since a rough beginning. Much of it is thanks to Roberto Luongo regressing out of his sub-.800 penalty kill save percentage funk, and the team is now a respectable 12th place in traditional penalty kill statistics, killing off 84.4% of man advantages.

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After 19 games, Then and Now

Cam Charron
November 17 2011 11:30AM

So, Vancouver lost 5-1 last night to Chicago in a blowout on home ice in their 19th game. For an interesting yet useless bit of trivia, last season in their 19th game they dropped a 7-1 game on home-ice to the Blackhawks. The season prior, in their 19th game, they lost 6-1 on the road to St. Louis.

It's really unlucky 19 for the Vancouver Canucks, but what's good is that they tend to pick it up afterwards (for the record, the season before, in 2009, the Canucks had a 6-3 win over the New York Rangers in Game 19, so it isn't some cursed habit) and finish the year on a stronger note than how they started, with 2009 being the exception.

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52 games: How Jeff Cowan and Aaron Rome are different

Cam Charron
November 14 2011 12:18PM

Well, in regards to the title, obviously one player is a forward while the other is a defenseman.

Beyond that, the two have drawn comparisons recently. Aaron Rome is on a scoring tear right now, with three goals in his last four games, with another disallowed. He also scored in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals last season, so, playoffs and all, Aaron Rome has four goals in his last 11 games, which is a remarkable pace for a defenseman.

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Don Cherry confused me, Episode III

Cam Charron
November 13 2011 02:09PM

Welcome to 'Don Cherry confused me', a Sunday-morning feature that will chronicle the silly things that Don Cherry says the night before on Coach's Corner. The feature will focus on Cherry's out-dated focus on the game and attempt to get him to understand that things happen in hockey a little bit differently than he remembers them.

Episode Three: Who are you going to war with?

 "The worst you can do is get your star player killing penalties" 

This is in reference to Tim Connolly, one of Don Cherry's favourites, getting injured blocking a shot on a penalty kill, presumably. Other situations wherein Connolly has gotten hurt: Even strength, powerplay, penalty shots, time outs, and team dinners.

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In defense of 'JerkPuck'

Cam Charron
November 10 2011 02:28PM

Aaron Rome demonstrates JerkPuck.

After every inch of data began to be mined by Major League Baseball teams, an undervalued player today isn't what it was even seven years ago. It used to be that you could pick up a player who was thrown onto the scrap heap, but due to his ability to not get "out" (we're still talking baseball), was far more valuable than perceived.

A similar revolution is about to happen in hockey. Already certain teams are placing a high value on players who generate possession rather than those who possess traditional tools that a General Manager values. San Jose, Nashville, Vancouver, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay are teams who, in some capacity, value modernized theories that emphasize possession and shooting ability rather than conventional aspects. This is apparent from the sort of players that these teams sign and trade for.

But the Vancouver Canucks have diverged even further from this "money puck" route. The addition of Maxim Lapierre, as well as the maturation of Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows leads to a newly constructed term. It's not so much 'MoneyPuck' because we're talking about something larger than merely winning hockey games by finding undervalued players. More accurate, I'd describe it as: 'JerkPuck,' defined as a method of winning games by frustrating the opposition, trolling them, and baiting them into taking dumb penalties.

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