Babych Please - November 4th, 2016

Grainne Downey
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.

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Sedins at the Forefront of an Inept Canucks Offence, and Hardly to Blame

J.D. Burke
November 04 2016 09:00AM


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The Canucks haven't just come back down to Earth. Losers of seven straight, they've crashed right through to the very core and everyone's feeling the heat.

Neither management nor coaching has been immune. To the surprise of many, neither have the team's best players. In what's become an annual ritual, the Sedins have come under scrutiny for the club's inability to generate offence.

The thing to remember, though, is that we're talking about players entering their late-thirties. They've a role to play in this club's malaise. Nothing that we couldn't have - or rather, shouldn't have - seen coming though.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
November 04 2016 05:00AM

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 This week, we take a look at Mike Babcock's coaching tactics, Bo Horvat's progress, what's wrong with the Oilers' power play, and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen

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Taylor Perry
November 03 2016 09:20PM

Perhaps in an attempt to keep things equal, the Canucks decided to give Jacob Markstrom what they've been giving Ryan Miller essentially all season: zero goal support.

After dropping a 3-0 decision in Montreal less than 24 hours before, the Canucks followed up that effort with a 1-0 loss at the hands of the Ottawa Senators tonight. The club extended their dubious scoreless streak to 152 minutes and 43 seconds, and its losing streak to seven games. Adding insult to injury, the Canucks have now been shut out in four of their last five games, including twice to the Senators.

With starting goalie Craig Anderson on leave from the Senators to spend time with his wife Nichole (recently diagnosed with cancer - we wish her well), Ottawa started waiver wire pickup, Mike Condon. And the Canucks, down defenceman Chris Tanev, inserted Russian behemoth Nikita Tryamkin into the lineup for the first time this season. Both would make an impact on this game - after a fashion - but the former would come away with the last laugh, pitching a shutout for his new team in his first game in a Sens uniform.

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Beware of What Zone Starts are Telling You, Part I: Coaches' Deployment

Jeremy Davis
November 03 2016 03:02PM

It’s early in the 2016-17 NHL season, but it’s never too early for Canucks fans to start complaining about player deployment! This season has already seen its fair share of head scratching decisions when it comes to who plays when (and with who), and it’s not going to get any easier on Willie Desjardins and his crew if the team keeps on losing.

NHL coaches can’t slip much past the general public these days, what with the ease of access to massive amounts of data, and deployment is no different. One of the most commonly cited events are zone starts, purported to be both an indication of how coaches deploy players and context to explain high or low shot differentials. As it turns out, both of these connections may be greatly exaggerated, meaning these numbers might not be telling you what you think they are.

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