April 14 2015 09:00AM
Margins of victory are pretty slim in the NHL these days, and there's not a whole lot separating the good teams from the bad anymore. Regular season games are most often decided by a single goal, parity is no longer a concept so much as a rule, and the race for Stanley Cup is wide open.
We know that to win in the playoffs, you usually have to be a really good team - not just by record, but by the underlying metrics as well. You've heard the old adage "defense wins championships"? Well it's true, the marginal value of one shot prevented is greater than the marginal value of one shot generated. Defense really is the name of the game.
So how does Vancouver's team defense stack up to the rest of the teams in the NHL? Are they good at keeping the puck out of their own zone? Do their systems limit scoring chances against?
Willie Desjardins won't reveal Game 1 starter: 'I think both guys are capable of starting and playing well'
April 13 2015 04:48PM
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There's no real suspense about who will start Game 1 of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs in the Vancouver Canucks' net. It'll be Eddie Lack, who recently ditched Twitter to focus on the task at hand.
Ryan Miller isn't talking like he's a healthy player, and he isn't looking much like a healthy player. Miller, 34, has appeared in one game since sustaining a right knee sprain in late February, and he was shaky - though he improved as the game went on - in a 6-5 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins wasn't disclosing his starter on Monday, but this is a slam dunk. Lack's been on a solid run, and Miller isn't up to speed yet.
April 13 2015 03:51PM
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The Vancouver Canucks penalty kill has missed Brad Richardson enormously during his lengthy convalescence from a foot injury that he sustained in mid-January. It would seem that Richardson is close to returning though, as he took part and was a full participant in the club's practice on Monday at Rogers Arena.
April 13 2015 10:15AM
Playoff hockey is nearly upon us and the Nations Network is holding a playoff pool draft for charity.
Do you like hockey? Do you like hockey drafts? Do you like hockey pools? Do you like hockey playoffs? Do you like helping charities?
If any or all of these apply, you should check out The Nation Drafts Prize-a-Palooza after the jump.
April 13 2015 09:00AM
In the final power rankings of the regular season, we see the top spot given to a man who is not even a Canuck at the moment. Oh well.