November 01 2011 02:04PM
Though it's still early in the season, with a roughly ten game sample to work with, we can begin to gauge the quality of teams with some degree of sophistication. As you can see from the image above, at this current juncture in the season the Oilers are riding high, with the Avalanche hot on their tail. The Minnesota Wild are treading water while the Canucks and Flames play poker in the cellar. But how much is what we see a mirage, and how much of it is a more meaningful reflection of the respective team's actual quality?
November 01 2011 01:58PM
As you may have noticed, Thomas and I like to keep track of numbers. Some of those numbers are scoring chances. While a reader may dismiss Corsi (shot attempt differential) as not meaning much because the shot attempt doesn't tell you the quality of a shot, scoring chance does.
When a scoring chance occurs, defined by Edmonton Oilers blog Copper n Blue as:
a clear play directed toward the opposing net from a dangerous scoring area - loosely defined as the top of the circle in and inside the faceoff dots (nicknamed the Home Plate), though sometimes slightly more generous than that depending on the amount of immediately-preceding puck movement or screens in front of the net. Blocked shots are generally not included but missed shots are. A player is awarded a scoring chance anytime he is on the ice and someone from either team has a chance to score. He is awarded a "chance for" if someone on his team has a chance to score and a "chance against" if the opposing team has a chance to score.
The picture above is what's generally accepted as "the home plate area". Anyway, you may see these numbers glossed upon after games, but I've tallied a total for the month of October so we can determine the best and worst Canucks over the past month.
November 01 2011 12:30PM
This photo was taken exactly 11 months ago, in another Canucks/Flames game in Calgary.
Let's see... That guy has vanished. That guy is a superdouche. That guy has a wonky eye.
That guy got traded to Florida. And that guy with the funny hip has his clothes on.
(Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #12 - Canucks @ Flames
The Canucks have owned the Flames over the last few seasons, especially in Calgary. However, the month of October once again treated the Canucks like its Daddy and threw the Canucks down the Western Conference standings. Luckily for the Canucks, their rainy Octobers almost always lead to sunny Novembers.
As the Canucks begin November in Cowtown, they'll be hoping that their dominance over the Flames and November shows itself once more. Another strong performance over the Flames will be an excellent way for the Canucks to kickstart a six-game road trip, which begins tonight at the Saddledome.
November 01 2011 08:46AM
The Jack O'Lanterns are angry. And so am I.
Photo courtesy architectips.com
Today I continue my weekly feature of me venting and raging on stupid crap happening with the Canucks, their fans and around the NHL. Two things about feature... 1) It will appear (hopefully) every Monday, and 2) It is blatantly ripped off from a stand-up bit from comedian Craig Anton. On either point, I make no apologies. Enjoy. Or don't.
In this week's edition, Raffi Torres has got 99 problems and CanucksArmy IS one, I hate on the Oilers, and on myself for giving props TO the Oilers, and some more Hallowe'en stuff.
November 01 2011 08:27AM
Having digested the issue for twenty-four hours, read through the comments (many of them exasperating, many of them thoughtful) on my original post, and read the excellent takes on the issue by better writers than I in Bruce Arthur and Harrison Mooney, I figured I'd try and sum up my thoughts about a days worth of dialogue. After this I'll return to Canucks Army's regularly scheduled programming of dry statistical analysis and prospect interviews and such.