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.
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."
March 06 2012 02:55PM
Another reason to look forward to postseason: homeless Dan Hamhuis.
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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.
March 06 2012 12:05PM
When the Stars were last in Vancouver, Raffi Torres scored on Andrew Raycroft,
and then practiced his on-ice summersaults and tumbling routine. Weeeeeeeeeeeee!
(Photo by Jessica Haydahl/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #67 - Stars @ Canucks
The Canucks and Stars will get very familiar with each other over the next few weeks. After going an entire calendar year between confrontations, the Stars and Canucks play all four games of their season series in a 34-day span. Game 1 went 10 days ago, and the Canucks will be eager to get some retribution on the scoreboard, after losing only their second game of the season when leading after 40 minutes.
But the Canucks have quite a challenge in front of them tonight - the Dallas Stars are the hottest team in the West. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? The Canucks face another hottest team and try to reclaim top spot in the league. Again.