March 12 2012 11:45AM
Jensen (centre) celebrates a goal with line-mates Boon Jenner and Lucas Lessio.
Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen does it all for the Oshawa Generals. He plays on the first penalty-kill unit, he's been deployed in the slot, along the half-wall and at the point on the first unit power-play (which has finally begun to congeal, and become potent). At even-strength he plays difficult minutes, and based on their deployment, Jensen's line (he plays regularly with 2nd round picks Boone Jenner and Lucas Lessio) is clearly Oshawa's featured two-way group.
March 11 2012 12:36AM
PK Subban and the Montreal Canadiens held off the Sedins, on their way to a 4-1 rout of the Canucks.
The Canucks came out flying tonight, and thanks to the Amex line they mostly dominated the first period. Unfortunatelywere held off the board thanks to the stellar play of Montreal netminder Carey Price. The third period was a bizarro version of the first, in that the Canadiens handed the Canucks their collective asses, but Roberto Luongo far from keeping them off the board, allowed a couple of brutal softies to cement the Habs rout.
The Canucks have now dropped three of their last four, and have looked unfocussed and dispirited for weeks. There's still no cause for panic (probably), but that's a difficult story to sell following tonight's putrid effort. The Canucks need to find a way to motivate themselves over the balance of the regular, or at least play for pride. Tonight, and especially in the third period: they didn't show much of it.
Read past the jump for a more thorough recap, the statistical three stars and scoring chance data.
March 08 2012 04:37PM
Daniel Sedin: Slumping. Via Pucktures.
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March 08 2012 10:27AM
Over the summer, the rotting corpse of the Winnipeg Jets was reanimated, and crawled from its tomb in horror film fashion - finally sticking its creepy, decomposed hand out from the dirt in early September. The spirit of the Jets is alive again (it simply had to occupy the former body of the Atlanta Thrashers) and currently is holding down a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
For what feelsl ike months the Canucks have played games that barely matter to them, against teams clawing desperately to punch their ticket to the postseason dance, and tonight will be no exception. Will Vancouver's team end their run of mediocrity, or will they lose their third straight at home?
A more thorough preview, underlying numbers and the three keys to the game after the jump!
March 06 2012 05:10PM
At the Sloan Sports Conference over the weekend, former Canucks General Manager Brian Burke cast doubt on the usefulness of applied analytics in hockey. Burke was quoted as saying, "Statistics are like a lamp post to a drunk, supportive but not very illuminating," that "moneyball doesn't work for hockey" and he even described advanced stats and "moneyball" concepts as "aggravating."