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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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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