Canucks Close out Successful Road Trip, Bury Hapless Opponent

Thomas Drance
March 25 2013 12:28PM

Weird how no one is criticizing Jason Garrison's play lately, huh?
(Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Canucks rolled into Denver without their time on ice leader, their best two-way forward, a couple of top-nine powerforwards and a pair of useful bottom-six grinders. It was also the team's fifth game in six nights. So a let down game - even against a reeling Northwest Division opponent like the Avalanche - would've been understandable (albeit disappointing). 

But that's not what happened. Instead the Canucks got some stellar goaltending from Cory Schneider and his three pals (his posts and the crossbar), scored a power-play goal (what even?) and dominated the contest from a possession standpoint on their way to a gutty regulation victory.

Read on past the jump for chance data and more analysis.

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Edler Nonsensically Shanabanned for Two Games

Thomas Drance
March 22 2013 07:53PM

In a baffling decision, the NHL Department of Player Safety has decided to suspend Alex Edler two games for charging Mike Smith. The incident occured during Thursday night's game between the Canucks and the Coyotes, and a major penalty was assessed on the play. 

Here's the explanatory suspension video:

Read past the jump for more.

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Dwight King and @Strombone1: Separated at Birth?

Thomas Drance
March 22 2013 05:32PM


John Hoven (aka The Mayor) is an accredited L.A Kings blogger who runs the incomparable Mayor's Manor, an L.A. Kings blog that specializes in miscellany. Who got the choice quote from Drew Doughty comparing the whining Coyotes to the whining Canucks? That was Hoven. Drew Doughty talking about how he hates the Canucks other times? Also John Hoven. Dustin Brown praising Dan Hamhuis while his teammates mostly take shots at Kevin Bieksa? If you guessed John Hoven, you'd be right.

All of this is a long-winded way of telling you that John Hoven's blog is a gold mine. He was at it again today, asking Roberto Luongo about his resemblance with Kings winger Dwight King (pictured above). This was the first I'd ever heard about Luongo's NHL doppleganger, but looking at some photos the resemblance is actually uncanny.

More on Roberto Luongo's latest doppleganger after the jump.

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"Analytics Play a Role in Helping you make Decisions" - Mike Gillis

Thomas Drance
March 22 2013 02:04PM

Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis appeared on the Team 1040's "Scotty and Company" morning show on Friday and was asked a whole host of questions. In the fiften minute interview the Canucks President and General Manager addressed David Booth's injury status, Ryan Kesler's injury status, the likelihood of a NIcklas Jensen call up, trade deadline priorities, and most interesting from our perspective: analytics.

Scott Rintoul, pivoting off of James Mirtle's fascinating piece on the Pittsburgh Penguins, Moneyball and the James Neal acquisition which ran in the Globe and Mail on Thursday, asked Mike Gillis this question: "When it does come to player movement, how much do analytics factor into your personnel decisions?" Gillis' response: (transcription my own)

"They're a factor but they're not the ultimate factor.

I think James Neal has also benefitted from playing with extremely good players in Pittsburgh. When you're playing with Evgeni Malkin your opportunities to score and your opportunities to produce are going to be a little bit stronger than if you're playing with some other guys.

So I think analytics play a role in helping you make decisions, but there's lots of factors that go into making a decision like that."

Read on past the jump for more.

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Shorthanded Canucks Stump Toothless Coyotes in a Weird One

Thomas Drance
March 22 2013 01:05AM

Jordan Schroeder celebrates his game winner with Mason Raymond and Kevin Bieksa.
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In a game that featured two controversial goalie running incidents, Keith Ballard on the Canucks third line, and zero scoring chances from the Sedin-line - the Canucks somehow managed to pull out a regulation win in the comfy confines of arena. Heh, arena.

More immaturity, but also super technical analysis of Thursday night's game, after the jump.

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