Motivation is the fire in which the Canucks burn

Patrick Johnston
March 07 2012 09:50AM


If the Sedins are frustrated, they haven't been showing it.
(Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

Ok, yes, so I stole the title. Big deal. It's totally the problem with the Canucks right now.

After a listless loss to the Stars, many fans on twitter were despondent at the team's lack of effort of late. Friends text me "tell me why I shouldn't be getting anxious about the Sedins' play" It's tough to give a straight answer, so let's look at some numbers first.

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Ott-er Dive; Canucks lose 5-2 to Dallas - Recap and scoring chances

Cam Charron
March 06 2012 11:53PM

This was a straight-up awful performance team-round by the Vancouver Canucks. The team didn't get the saves it needed from Roberto Luongo, the defence left a lot of gaps open, and the forwards simply didn't do enough to pressure the Dallas net. Despite two scoring chances right off the hop, including a penalty shot and the first goal from Chris Higgins, the Canucks let themselves slowly get beat up mathematically in this one.

On the plus side, my endorsement of Steve Ott at the trading deadline was vindicated. This man was a horse tonight. Not so much Seabiscuit, but more like Hidalgo. Analysis, scoring chances, Statistical Stars and Goats and more after the jump.

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Kesler a Canuck Because of One Big Shift

Thomas Drance
March 06 2012 05:10PM

 

At the Sloan Sports Conference over the weekend, former Canucks General Manager Brian Burke cast doubt on the usefulness of applied analytics in hockey. Burke was quoted as saying, "Statistics are like a lamp post to a drunk, supportive but not very illuminating," that "moneyball doesn't work for hockey" and he even described advanced stats and "moneyball" concepts as "aggravating."

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Headshots March 6th

Thomas Drance
March 06 2012 02:55PM


Another reason to look forward to postseason: homeless Dan Hamhuis.

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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The Canucks don't use our scoring chance numbers

Cam Charron
March 06 2012 01:59PM

Every now and then at Canucks Army, we get big heads. It started when Alain Vigneault began to use Alex Edler more regularly as one of his first two shooters in the shootout, much like I suggested in this post last month. 'Maybe,' we thought, 'one of hockey's smartest organizations every now and then uses data provided for free by a few dapper kids running a website,' which doesn't seem too ridiculous to me, especially with our vast experience working in the hockey industry.

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