February 12 2012 09:00AM
You sure you know the purpose of attack?
(Photo: Ben Nelms / Reuters)
The former coach of the French national rugby team, Pierre Villepreux, once said the purpose of attack is not to score, rather to disrupt the defence. Continue to disrupt the defence, you will eventually score.
It's a hard philosophy to embrace, but it's an absolutely valid statement. You mess the other team up and you should win. It's the reason why we pay attention to advanced analytics here at Canucks Army.
February 12 2012 02:44AM
Shootouts are boring and gimmicky, but Vancouver clearly outplayed an opponent and, despite being not rewarded, they got some good performances in a 3-2 defeat to the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome on Saturday night.
For a full recap, with the Statistical Three Stars, Statistical Three Goats (New Feature!!!) and a Scoring Chance Summary, follow me after the jump...
February 11 2012 12:52PM
What do the Canucks and Flames have in common? Zombies Left Wingers.
Game Day Recon: Game #55 - Canucks @ Flames
Today there are all sorts of Canucks goodies. It's hockey day in Canada, Trevor Linden is the featured article on Wikipedia, and the Canucks will face-off against the Flames, in Calgary tonight! Add in the fact that the Bruins and Blackhawks are struggling, and it's a pretty good moment in time for Canucks fans!
It will be the fourth meeting between the Flames and the Canucks this season. Vancouver dominated the first two games, before the Flames scored a victory in the most recent meeting between the two clubs on December 23rd. The aggregate score mid-way through the season series between is 11-5 in Vancouver's favour.
A more detailed preview, underlying numbers and the 3 keys to the game after the break!
February 10 2012 02:17PM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of... "Cheers and Jeers!"
This week, I throw a glove in the air to celebrate KB3 and the Canucks callups this week, while Timmy T and Ronny Mac need to learn to shut the hell up.
February 09 2012 11:49PM
The Canucks shook off their Xxcel demons and secured a 5-2 road win in Minny.
With the exception of one fleeting moment when Byron Bitz sent a back-hand saucer pass to Henrik Sedin for a tap-in, tonight's win wasn't pretty. But it was effective, and the Canucks capitalized on a variety of bounces to earn a convincing 5-2 win over the Minnesota Mild. More important than the victory, which, heightened the team's perch atop the Northwest Division to a K2-like 15 points, it was another solid 5-on-5 performance from Vancouver's club. Neither the WIld nor the Preds are stellar possession teams, but after the dismal run the team was on, it's good to see them stop the bleeding.
While the victory was convincing, the Canucks still needed to overcome some weak penalty-killing, and the fastest goal in Minnesota Wild history. That goal, scored 13 seconds into the first by Dan Heatley, should've foreshadowed a long-night for the road-team; but from there Vancouver mostly dictated proceedings.
The Canucks capitalized on a mid-period 5-on-3 power-play - the result of a Matt Cullen high-stick on Alex Edler, and a Nate Prosser trip on Cody Hodgson - when Daniel Sedin got just enough on a rebound to direct it past Niklas Backstrom. Maxim Lapierre then put the Canucks up one when he scored a garbage goal off of another Edler rebound. In the second, the team bucked another recent trend by putting in a strong performance in the middle frame, and functionally put the Wild away with a Henrik goal off of a sweet back-hand apple from Bitz. Other than a flukey Malhotra trip, a run in with Clutterbuck and a beauty Setoguchi snipe: it was mostly smooth sailing from there.
A more detailed recap, scoring chance data and the Statistical Three Stars after the jump!