Heat Maps: On Shot Location and the Canucks' Sputtering Power-Play

Thomas Drance
January 14 2014 11:57AM

 
Henrik Sedin in his office on the right side half wall.
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For fans of the team, Vancouver's power-play has been extraordinarily frustrating to watch this season (and for a couple years now, truth be told). While the Canucks are generating shots-a-plenty with the man-advantage - in fact they're generating 5-on-4 shots at an elite rate this season - the finish just hasn't been there. The club ranks in the bottom-10 in the league in percentage of converted power-play opportunities after 46 games, a ghastly number that makes zero sense when you consider the skill possessed by the club's top-end personnel.

Some of the club's lack of power-play success is a result of pure, unadulterated bad luck; and indeed Vancouver's 5-on-4 team shooting percentage is second worst in the league. While the puck has begun to bounce in Vancouver's favour somewhat more often over the past month, and will probably continue to do so, I tend to think there's more going on here than just "bad bounces".

Read past the jump.

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CA Postgame: Canucks win fight(s), lose game

Dimitri Filipovic
January 14 2014 12:09AM

There was a lot of talk leading up to Monday night's game in LA as to what the Vancouver Canucks would do in response to Dustin Brown's most recent shenanigans. I did my part in perpetuating the talk by devoting a large chunk of the game preview to it (mostly because I figured there was at least a decent chance that we could see them really muck it up), but I still wasn't necessarily convinced that we'd see what most fans were clamouring for ever since the incident in question took place.

The Canucks - despite being billed as a tougher team that would play with an edge and wouldn't be bullied by bigger opponents from the day John Tortorella was hired - hadn't exactly lived up to the hype on that front this season (except for that one time in November, against these same Kings). They also had a chance to tie the Kings in the standings with a regulation win, which made me question whether they'd throw caution to the wind and go all out for the retribution.

I guess I should've stuck with my gut instinct, because that's exactly what happened. The Canucks may've lost the hockey game by a score of 1-0, but in the grand scheme of things I think we can put an asterisk beside this one, because they put a lot of the "soft" talk to rest. Lose a battle, win the war? We'll see.

A lot of things took place at the Staples Center on Monday night. We'll let the fine collection of Vines, GIFs, and funny tweets speak for themselves, because they're top notch and quite frankly far more entertaining than anything I could say with my words. Read on past the jump for the goods, and in the meantime, I think I'm going to have a smoke.

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Canucks Army GDT #47 - Canucks @ Kings

Dimitri Filipovic
January 13 2014 03:14PM

On the one hand, it's pretty unfortunate for the Vancouver Canucks that they have to go to California to take on the Kings and Ducks twice each within the span of 10 days or so. It's no secret that the Canucks have had their share of difficulties against the top teams in their own division, going 1-5-3 against the Kings, Sharks, and Ducks. Struggling against that group of teams isn't exactly something to be ashamed of, but for a team like the Canucks, it's a worrisome trend that doesn't bode well for them come playoff time.

As a spectator though, it's hard to complain about this little quirk in the schedule. While there may be a more storied history against the Blackhawks, and a deeper general hatred for the Bruins, the Los Angeles Kings have as good a case as anyone else in the league for the claim to being the Canucks' biggest rival. Stuff that we'll wind up talking about for days and weeks to come generally tends to happen when these two teams play each other, and this time around should be no different.

You'll recall that it was just 8 days ago that Dustin Brown and his shenanigans put Roberto Luongo on the shelf, and it's because of that, that there's some added intrigue to tonight's matchup. I'd say that there's at least a decent chance that we see some fisticuffs and rough stuff, but in the end a hockey game might break out in the house that Tom Hanks built!

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Out of the Infirmary and Into the Lineup, Part 1: Alex Edler Returns

Dimitri Filipovic
January 13 2014 12:27PM

In advance of a tonight's big game against the Los Angeles Kings, news has trickled out that Alex Edler is expected to make his return to the Canucks lineup after a 16-game absence. With Edler back in the mix on blueline the team has gone ahead and sent Frankie Corrado back to Utica, to continue his development and see more ice-time.

Read on past the jump for a quick take on what this means for Edler, Corrado, and the Canucks.

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The Sea-to-Sky Boner Report: Jan 13th, 2014

Rhys Jessop
January 13 2014 09:25AM

 

The WHL trade deadline has come and gone and the Vancouver Giants were reasonably active, dealing away a couple of players, and adding 19-year old import forward Dominik Volek from the Red Deer Rebels. Read past the jump for a look at Vancouver's deadline day and what it means for the Giants going forward.

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