January 27 2015 02:10PM
The All-Star break is officially over, and the Vancouver Canucks will be back in action tonight to face Ryan Kesler and the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks, kicking off a six-game home stand. The visitors from Orange County come in red hot, having won five games in a row, and have owned the Canucks of late, going 8-1-1 against their Pacific division rivals.
All three games between these two teams this season have gone to overtime though, so it's been a tightly contested series. The Canucks hope that continues tonight, as they look to distance themselves from the 4th and 5th place Flames and Kings in the Pacific.
Read past the jump for a preview.
January 27 2015 11:00AM
In the third episode of the Hockey Graphs Podcast, Garret and Rhys argue about the definition of what a sandwich is, mourn the death of Corsi, kick rocks at Mike Richards, and have a look at some prospects. Also, Garret has NEWS! Join us after the jump!
January 27 2015 09:30AM
In MoneyPuck’s most recent article, he analyzed the NHL success rate of CHL forwards based on their size and point production . We know that offensive production is not the single determining factor as to whether an NHL player is good from an analytics perspective, but MoneyPuck demonstrated that point production in the CHL is a good indicator of NHL success. Similarly, a player who is taller than average also increases their chances of success. If you combine both factors positively in a young CHL forward, their chance of success rises greatly.
In our previous experiment, we split forward and defencemen data, as they are two different types of players and their success rates are different. In this article, I will continue where MoneyPuck left off to present you the success rates for CHL defencemen, broken down by their height and CHL scoring rate.
January 26 2015 11:48AM
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They've been called "the Glenn Healy" of NHL Power Rankings, they've been furiously annotated and derided as useless. And now they're here. Available across the Nation Network: it's NHL Power Rankings!
January 26 2015 10:00AM
More than halfway through the NHL season, the Vancovuer Canucks continued to have good luck with injuries. Sure, they'd lost Dan Hamhuis to a fluky leg injury and Zack Kassian to a broken finger for a short while, but they hadn't exactly been the Columbus Blue Jackets in terms of an absolutely decimated roster. In fact, in terms of man-games lost to injury, the Canucks have been the 6th healthiest team in the NHL. Weighting for cap hit of injured players, they've been the 4th healthiest team.
This will take a hit in the upcoming weeks though, as Kevin Bieksa underwent surgery on a broken hand on Wednesday, meaning that he'll be out of the lineup for the foreseeable future. Bieksa though has struggled at times this season and come under fire for his defensive deficiencies and casual appearance on the ice, leading some fans to question whether the Canucks will actually benefit from his absence.
Has Kevin Bieksa actually become so bad that Vancouver will be better without him? Let's explore after the jump.