April 15 2015 09:00AM
You probably didn't sleep last night did you? Understandable, I mean, it's the first day of playoffs! Game 1 is finally here and just hours away. We've heard all the series previews and predictions and now its time to play the games for real. Canucks and Flames, best of 7, TONIGHT!
The Canucks have quite the seasoned team going into this post season and despite what the experts say, if a few things go their way, Vancouver might be able to accomplish something they've never done: beat the Flames in less than 7 games (not counting the best of 5 series). OH, you thought I meant the Cu....It's Game ONE, settle down.
April 15 2015 07:01AM
It's very easy to overlook Oliver Kylington based on his boxcar numbers but the resume is strong and the scouting report impressive. He arrived in the Swedish Hockey League at 16 and could be the best skating defender available at this summer's draft. Oliver Kylington is a significant talent.
April 14 2015 04:06PM
This post is part of the Nation Network's Playoff Preview series, running this week at NHLNumbers. For more of our series previews and projections, head over to NHLNumbers.com.
Ah, it sure is good to be back. It's been a year since the Vancouver Canucks were last in the playoffs, but for Calgary, it has been much longer than that - this season puts an end to a streak of five consecutive on the outside looking in come mid-April. And with Vancouver having the most successful period of their (admittedly pretty sad and depressing) franchise history over that same time span, the once red-hot Canucks-Flames rivalry has kind of fizzled to just a spark of what it once was.
The two teams now get a chance to rekindle this rivalry in their first playoff meeting since 2003-2004. How can we expect this series to shake down, and who's going to come out on top? Find out on the other side of the jump.
April 14 2015 11:31AM
Weeks ago, Toronto Maple Leafs fans gave up on the idea that they'd get to enjoy any type of playoff success this season. Well, Leafs fans are silly people, they should've given up on that in October!
In all seriousness even sad sack Toronto sports fans can get in on the playoff fun this year with the Nations Draft Playoff Pool. It's way better than the actual real playoffs, and you can enter here at www.nationdrafts.com.
Read on for more details!
April 14 2015 09:00AM
Margins of victory are pretty slim in the NHL these days, and there's not a whole lot separating the good teams from the bad anymore. Regular season games are most often decided by a single goal, parity is no longer a concept so much as a rule, and the race for Stanley Cup is wide open.
We know that to win in the playoffs, you usually have to be a really good team - not just by record, but by the underlying metrics as well. You've heard the old adage "defense wins championships"? Well it's true, the marginal value of one shot prevented is greater than the marginal value of one shot generated. Defense really is the name of the game.
So how does Vancouver's team defense stack up to the rest of the teams in the NHL? Are they good at keeping the puck out of their own zone? Do their systems limit scoring chances against?