Scoring Chances, Vigneault and the Canucks New Lines

Thomas Drance
November 08 2011 02:07PM

Ever since Alain Vigneault derided the value of the plus/minus statistic, and admitted to the Vancouver media that the team tracks an in-house micro-stat similar in spirit to the scoring chances Cam Charron and I count at this site and at Nucksmisconduct, I've become obsessed. 

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Headshots November 7th

Thomas Drance
November 07 2011 04:08PM


The Stanchion continues the Smylosphere tradition of photoshopping hockey jump kicks into Street Fighter.

Headshots are a Canucksarmy feature where we link to the days freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, made a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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Canucks Frustrate the Blackhawks Recap and Chance Data

Thomas Drance
November 07 2011 01:52PM


Patrick Kane gets robbed by a quick Luongo poke-check.
Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty

We already knew it, but the chance data confirms that the Canucks beat up on, and significantly outclassed the Blackhawks last night. It was only when the Canucks finally went up by two that the Hawks began to out-chance the Canucks, going on an 11-6 chance run to end the second period. Re-watching the second frame, I noticed that Luongo was way better than I realized watching the game live. His save on Leddy was the stand-out, but he made a couple of tough saves on Brunette, and had a really solid poke-check on Patrick Kane to preserve the Canucks three goal lead heading into the final twenty minutes. 

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Canucks Drop Second In a Row

Thomas Drance
November 04 2011 11:09PM

Another game, another frustrating loss.

I have to admit, I saw this coming when I looked ahead at the schedule last week. A Minnesota, St. Louis road back-to-back was pretty obviously a recipe for frustration and indeed that's how it turned out, though frustration might be putting things too mildly. While earlier in the season the Canucks were victims of bad-luck in most of their losses (the 2-0 loss in Detroit being the exception), in the last two games the Canucks have been soundly defeated.

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David Booth's Secret

Thomas Drance
November 04 2011 01:21PM

We all know the story of the wealthy family who lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together... What is less well known is how that son failed, and how the product of his failure now occupies a space in the Canucks top-six, albeit with a slightly altered last name.

Yes, newly acquired winger David Booth was actually born David Bluth. He plays hockey under the fake last name "Booth" to distance himself from his controversial, embarrassing family. After his family life deteriorated, David ran away from home, with his twin brother Oscar, and moved to Michigan. From there David "Bluth" disappeared, replaced by David Booth, a devout hockey player with a passion for hunting.

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