December 04 2011 10:19PM
Matt Stajan Doesn't Drop the Gloves Very Often. It shows.
Photo Credit: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward
After outplaying but coming up short to the Nashville Predators on Thursday, the Vancouver Canucks played a Calgary Flames team on a quick turnaround.from the night before. Were they fatigued? Perhaps, but after getting the first goal, you could tell that this was a game that Calgary was outclassed in. The Canucks slowly took over the game about midway through the second and couple of lucky goals past backup Henrik Karlsson.
For full scoring chance data and post-game analysis, click past the jump...
December 01 2011 11:08PM
A wild, wild night at Rogers Arena that featured 11 goals, 4 goalies and three blown 2-goal leads. This is not a game that the Predators deserved to win, in my mind, and their coach, players and fans may be the first to tell you that. Click after the jump to look at scoring chance data from the game that was Thursday night...
December 01 2011 04:20PM
One of the drawbacks to being a statistician is that, to count scoring chances, one actually has to watch the game. But that, Thom and I have done, every game this season, either him or myself have been tracking which players were on the ice for scoring chances at both ends.
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?'