November 08 2011 02:07PM
Ever since Alain Vigneault derided the value of the plus/minus statistic, and admitted to the Vancouver media that the team tracks an in-house micro-stat similar in spirit to the scoring chances Cam Charron and I count at this site and at Nucksmisconduct, I've become obsessed.
November 07 2011 08:54PM
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the NHLNumbers podcast. As the Nations crack tech team gear up to relaunch our salary/stats site, Jonathan Willis and I decided to get together to talk "new" stats at length and to record some of those conversations. In a radio studio. With guests. Today we debut the first of perhaps many such conversations.
November 07 2011 04:08PM
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November 07 2011 02:14PM
Go this way Aaron Rome, and suppress our opponents shot totals!
Photo Credit: Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo
Last night Aaron Rome made his return to the Vancouver Canucks lineup playing, according to timeonice.com, 11.6 minutes of even strength time against primarily Chicago's depth players: Marcus Kruger, Dan Carcillo and Viktor Stalberg. It wasn't anything extremely fancy, and he didn't play a lot of situational minutes, but he got himself back into the lineup. Despite giving up 10 shots including three in the three shifts he played against Patrick Kane, Rome is ready to do what he does best when he's in the lineup: shot suppression.
A season ago, I think Alain Vigneault confused a big number of Canuck fans by sitting Keith Ballard in favour of the less impressive, less talented Rome. Let's jump into my time machine, use the shrink-ray, and top it off with a quick stint in the telepod (don't forget to bring a small fly in with you!). Now that we've morphed into itty-bitty mosquitos and are back in the Spring of 2011, let's fly into the Canucks boardroom, so we can be a fly on the wall, privy to an in-house discussion about defensive personnel:
November 07 2011 01:52PM
Patrick Kane gets robbed by a quick Luongo poke-check.
Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty
We already knew it, but the chance data confirms that the Canucks beat up on, and significantly outclassed the Blackhawks last night. It was only when the Canucks finally went up by two that the Hawks began to out-chance the Canucks, going on an 11-6 chance run to end the second period. Re-watching the second frame, I noticed that Luongo was way better than I realized watching the game live. His save on Leddy was the stand-out, but he made a couple of tough saves on Brunette, and had a really solid poke-check on Patrick Kane to preserve the Canucks three goal lead heading into the final twenty minutes.