November 27 2011 10:27AM
To briefly recap Friday's game against Phoenix: the Canucks got off the even-strength schneid in a big way with five even-strength goals. They were led by their second line who played a phenomenal game, and completely dominated proceedings, allowing only six total chances against through sixty minutes. Alex Edler's aggressive physical play stood out to me, especially in the first period, and helped establish a "tone" for the game. The coyotes struggled to get out of their own end and were completely man-handled by a superior Canucks team that looked to have found their legs.
November 26 2011 12:16PM
So the theory is that if you have a playoff spot near the end of November, you are likely going to hold onto that spot and be a playoff team. Obviously, nothing is written in stone but the percentages are very good and by we should be able to know the difference between a hot start and a talented team.
According to data from the Toronto Star in 2010: 77.5% of teams that held a playoff spot on Thanksgiving made the playoffs. 84% of teams with 17 or fewer points did not make the playoffs. 89% of teams with 28 or more points made the playoffs. With that in mind, let’s look at the Canadian Team’s chances.
November 25 2011 02:48PM
Lookout! Here comes a Schneiderman.
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November 25 2011 12:32PM
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 tell Sens' fans to look WITH THEIR EYES, the Province for missing out on Drancey magic, and I stray from hockey and tell Suh to wake the f*** up.
November 25 2011 10:12AM
Alex Burrows scores against the Coyotes last season, and 17 non-Canucks fans were
in the stands to see it for themselves.
(Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #22 - Canucks @ Coyotes
It's Black Friday. It's Glendale. It's a game featuring a Canadian, non-rival team. What is the over/under on the number of non-Canucks fans in attendance at Jobing.com Arena tonight? I'll say 3000. It's gonna be EMP-TAY in that rink tonight, but the Canucks fans there will certainly be loud and proud.