Kings of Alberta: Canucks defeat Oilers 2-0, remain undefeated

Thomas Drance
October 17 2014 11:58PM

The Vancouver Canucks, as they did too infrequently last season, successfully closed out a game in which they narrowly led in the third period defeating the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 on Friday to remain undefeated on the season. It helps, of course, that all three of the team's victories have come against woeful, Alberta-based clubs and the real test will come on Saturday against the very legitimate Tampa Bay Lightning.

Still, the Canucks banked the points they needed to bank and looked pretty decent doing it. 

Read on past the jump.

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Cheers and Jeers - Oct. 17, 2014

Thomas Drance
October 17 2014 03:06PM

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It's Friday, the Canucks haven't played in forever, and now it's time for: "Cheers and Jeers!"

This regular feature was originally started by Canucks Army forefather Cam Davie during the 2011-12 hockey season. Now that I'm the old hand at this here Canucks hockey blog (that happened... quickly), I figure it's my turn to carry on tradition.

This week, on the other side of the jump, I give a high-five to Willie Desjardins and Bo Horvat and wag my finger at Milan Lucic and beat up the dead horse that is the Canucks' recent draft record...

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Drance Numbers - A brief overview of the 2013-14 Canucks in All Three Zones

Thomas Drance
October 14 2014 02:35PM

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Obscenely dedicated former hockey stats blogger and current mystery team employee Corey Sznajder (@shutdownline) undertook a gargantuan project - called the "All Three Zones project" - this past summer, wherein he tracked zone-entries and exits (and zone-entry defense) for every game played by all 30 NHL teams last season. Though Sznajder is now a private in-house employee for a shady corporate entity, he's still making the results of his tracking project public (to those who helped crowdfund the project).

The ShutdownLine data isn't quite complete yet, but it's close, and luckily one of the teams he's tracked in full is the Vancouver Canucks. Let's briefly highlight some of his more interesting findings after the jump.

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Cheers and Jeers - Oct. 10, 2014

Thomas Drance
October 10 2014 02:34PM

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It's Friday, hockey season is underway (thank goodness), and now it's time for: "Cheers and Jeers!"

This regular feature was originally started by Canucks Army forefather Cam Davie during the 2011-12 hockey season. Now that I'm the old hand at this here Canucks hockey blog (that happened... quickly), I figure it's my turn to carry on tradition.

This week, on the other side of the jump, I give a high-five to some great bloggers getting paid and to Luca Sbisa; while I toss some shade at the NHL's continued inability to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest in player discipline and the inability to Canucks centermen to win a damn draw.

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Canucks Army Player Previews: Henrik Sedin

Thomas Drance
October 06 2014 02:00PM

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Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin is coming off of his worst offensive season, and perhaps not coincidentally, the first injury plagued season of his career. A hallmark of durability and offensive consistency throughout his career, Sedin missed 12 games and the entire Olympics with a variety of rib and leg related ailments, and finished the season with his lowest point totals since the 2004-05 NHL lockout. 

The 34-year-old playmaker is getting long in the tooth, so some decline is to be expected at this stage of his career (though I've always contended that his drop off would be less precipitous than your average player due to his style of play and level of fitness). Was Henrik's 2013-14 season an outlier then, or was it something more troubling like the first major sign of his atrophying abilities as a top-end NHLer?

Read on past the jump for more.

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