November 27 2011 09:06PM
Congratulations to the 2011 Grey Cup Champion BC Lions!
If you haven't had your fill of sports for the weekend might we suggest having a lil listen to some of the most knowledgeable hockey folks around?
This is NationRadio.
November 27 2011 12:37PM
Eddie Lack's Wolves are playing back-to-back against the Rivermen this weekend
Apologies for the delay in this week's Wolf Prowl, it was a crazy finish to the term for me. We'll be back on our regular schedule this week.
After a slow start to the year, the Wolves seem to be rounding into form. The offence, which had been misfiring, is now finding the back of the net with regularity. The defence still has some causes for concern, but in general has improved. (Special thanks to friend of the blog Wolfkeeper for his continued efforts in putting highlights up on youtube)
November 27 2011 10:42AM
I did a long recap of the game over at Pass it to Bulis, so I recommend you check that out over there if you're interested.
A quick "by the numbers" recap: The Canucks were pretty lucky to come away from San Jose with the win. Cory Schneider played some truly brilliant hockey and bailed out his team, who were out-chanced nearly two to one overall. The Sedins had a rough game (despite Henrik's power-play goal) and were made into something of a liability thanks to the stellar work of M.E. Vlasic, Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski especially. Also, the Sharks fourth line of Desjardins/A. Murray and Clowe/Winchester really took it too Lapierre and company.
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.