November 04 2016 06:58PM
I don't know if you've noticed, but the Canucks are having a hard time scoring goals. They have been shutout four times in five games, and though they have been getting some chances, there is major cause for worry if you're hoping to turn things around. Will it be a proven veteran notching the next one? A lucky bounce? Who knows. I decided to have some fun with it and ask our writers who they think will be the next to light the lamp.
November 04 2016 06:03PM
In Part I of this series on zone starts, we discussed how coaches' are limited in their ability to completely control line deployment, particularly when we talking about only offensive and defensive zone shift starts (which make up a very small portion of all shift starts), as well as why the difference between zone starts and shift starts further muddies the relation between metrics like ZSR or OZS% and the actual intention of the coaches.
I hinted at the end that while starting in a specific zone has a large effect on the shot metrics for that particular shift, the overall effect of zone starts on measures like Corsi and Fenwick is actually quite small. In Part II of this series, we'll explore why that is the case, and discuss how metrics that adjust for zone starts function.
November 04 2016 05:47PM
Hi everybody! It's annoying Leafs person.
WAIT! Wait... This isn't a Leafs blog.
The Nation Network overlord people thought it would be fun for me to try a weekly nation-wide post. I told them that I don't get nearly enough hate on the Sportsnet Facebook page so that sounds like a great idea.
Here's a few things I thought were noteworthy this week.
November 04 2016 02:41PM
Stecher shutting down McDavid, just like Cole Cassels used to do
The Canucks have announced that they have recalled Troy Stecher from the Utica Comets for the second time in a week and a half. Fear not! The dark days of a Stecher-less roster are at an end!
The call up is pretty clearly in response to injuries to the top Vancouver pairing of Alex Edler and more specifically Chris Tanev, whom Stecher replaced in his previous Vancouver stint.
November 04 2016 11:00AM
The Canucks have not been fun to watch thus far. This is probably because they are not a very good hockey team. Luckily, they are good at other things! For example, they are good at playing fun games of soccer with their friends and they are good at inviting dogs to watch them play hockey. So at least there's that.