March 21 2012 12:03PM
The Canucks announced today that they have signed their 6th round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, goaltender Joe Cannata to an entry level deal. The deal doesn't come as a surprise, as Lorne Henning told the Vancouver Sun a week ago that the team is "very high on [Cannata] and are in the process right now of trying to sign him." Guess that process if complete then!
Joe Cannata just completed his senior season, in which he nearly carried the Merrimack Warriors to an NCAA tournament berth that ultimately fell short. Cannata's masterful performance this season earned him First Team Hockey East honours. Here's the full press release from Canucks.nhl.com.
Read past the jump for more on Cannata.
March 21 2012 11:13AM
Dave Bolland has a history of frustrating the Sedins.
Tonight, the Canucks should look to flip the script and generously deploy their Jerk-Puck tactics.
The Canucks, playing for nothing at this late point in the season, have been dogging it of late - possibly by design. As a result, the team has lost five of their last seven and Vancouverites are becoming typically restless. "Vigneault should be fired for putting that figure-skater Mason Raymond in the top-six, and why exactly is Roberto Luongo (the bum!) - who, by the way, is the team's real backup goaltender - starting tonight?"
Yep. You know the drill.
Tonight the Canucks face one of the West's hottest teams in their old arch-nemesis the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks have been supplanted as the central preoccupation of Canucks fans by the Boston Bruins; while the Blues are steadily climbing up the list of teams Blackhawks fans hate, and are certainly in the same league as the Canucks now. Even if the bloom is off the rivalry rose to some extent - tonight's tilt still promises to be a spirited affair, which would be awesome, since we've only seen the Canucks play a couple of those (the win to snap Detroit's home-ice winning streak, and the 2-0 win over St. Louis) since the All-Star break.
Click past the jump for a more detailed preview, underlying numbers and the three keys to the game.
March 20 2012 03:26PM
Chris Higgins' abs look like bread rolls according to canuckslookalikes.tumblr.com.
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On the Proper Use of "Real-Time Stats" or, Why We Don't Use Blocked Shots to Judge Player Performance
March 20 2012 10:58AM
Keith Ballard, shown here putting his body on the line for the team, is easily the Canucks best shot blocker.
But would you describe him as the team's best defensive player?
The objective, numbers centric approach we pride ourselves on at Canucks Army isn't intuitive and admittedly some of the concepts can be challenging. As such, I figured it might be informative if I explained in depth why I've taken umbrage at the way several analysts have misused the numbers over the past week.
Read past the jump for more!
March 20 2012 10:04AM
Another week, another leader in the Nation Network Hockey Pool.