Drance Numbers: California Love

Thomas Drance
November 11 2014 02:02PM

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Someway, somehow the path to winning the 2015 Stanley Cup will go through the state of California. 

This weekend, the Canucks got their first taste of that good California Love. For Vancouver, a club realistically aspiring to something more modest than championship contention this year, but lodged inconveniently in the Pacific Division, the path to qualifying for the postseason similarly runs through the heart of the Golden State. 

Impressively the Canucks managed to head back north with four points out of a possible six. Banking those points is crucial for a Canucks team that went 2-9-3, amassing just seven of a possible 28 points, against the California kaiju last season, but for fun, let's take a closer look at how the Canucks fared by the underlying numbers in their first major test of the campaign. 

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Drance Numbers - How Sustainable is Vancouver's early season success?

Thomas Drance
November 06 2014 09:00AM

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With 18 points in their first 13 games, the Vancouver Canucks are off to a stellar start to the 2014-15 campaign, but will it last?

Let's look a bit deeper at how this club has performed by the underlying numbers, and do our best to determine whether or not this team has staying power in the tough Western Conference. Read on past the jump.

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Cheers and Jeers - Halloween Edition!

Thomas Drance
October 31 2014 02:54PM

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It's Halloween, the Canucks are... looking good, which is insanely spooky, 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 some props to Linden Vey, Dave Hodge and Cam Davie, while jeering at some weak Twitter arguments. 

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Cheers and Jeers - Oct. 24th, 2014

Thomas Drance
October 24 2014 01:49PM

Cheers and Jeers

It's Friday, the Canucks have earned a split on their current road trip, 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 some props to Zack Kassian, NHL discipline, and our great country while showing a big thumbs down to the San Jose SharksShorks and Third Line Centre Brad Richardson.

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Drance Numbers - Fun with Small Samples

Thomas Drance
October 20 2014 10:44AM

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It's early in the season, the Canucks are 3-1-0 mostly on the backs of beating woeful Alberta-based teams, and there's still an awful lot of noise present in the underlying data. 

While we can infer some things about the club based on the roster, the eye-test, and the past performances of some of the club's personnel, the truth is, it's too early still. The data at this point isn't mature enough to allow us to draw conclusions about the quality of this new-look Canucks club with any confidence.

We'll still proceed and see what we can see, but keep the relative softness of the Canucks schedule and the volatility of miniscule samples in mind. At this point in the season, this is guesswork mostly.

Read past the jump.

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