Making Sense of the NHL's Supplementary Discipline System

Graphic Comments
March 27 2013 09:28AM

Never has a phrase been more appropriate than this one...

Want to make sense of the NHL's decision making process for handing out suspensions? Start by adjusting your quaint expectations about the application of logic, consistency or fairness.

The NHL is, after all, in the entertainment business. And you wouldn't go into the latest installment of GI Joe and quibble over the contrived plot, right? No, you'll check your senses at the door and enjoy the improbable physics of the action sequences intersperced with wooden dialogue, while stuffing yourself with two days worth of sugar and salt that you paid $15 for.

What does this have to do with the NHL's discipline system? Well, it's pretty clear that the only way to make any sort of sense of it, is to suspend your disbelief and just accept it, no matter how absurd it might actually be seem. As the Wikipedia entry on 'suspension of disbelief' makes clear, the onus is on you to make sense of the decisions, rather than on the NHL to make decisions that make sense:

The phrase "suspension of disbelief" came to be used more loosely in the later 20th century, often used to imply that the burden was on the reader, rather than the writer, to achieve it.

And, if you're not willing to suspend your disbelief, you might as well give up any form of entertainment and spend your time on the internet pointing out the plot holes in movies like Toy Story 3. I'll give you a head start: IT'S A CARTOON, FOR #@$%#'s SAKE!!!

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Canucks Mercifully End Season Series With Columbus, Take 5th Straight Overall: Recap and Chance Data

Dimitri Filipovic
March 27 2013 12:31AM

Cory Schneider had to find a way to keep busy on Tuesday night, as the Blue Jackets certainly didn't seem interested in helping out.

Sorry, this game recap would have been up sooner, if not for the fact that I fell asleep sometime between the second period and the third. That game was.. not all that aesthetically pleasing (I'm being kind). Sure, we'll go with that description.

The Canucks came out of the gate with their guns blazing, blitzing a Columbus Blue Jackets squad that looked severely outmatched. Their early efforts didn't result in a goal, but at least there were plenty of positives to be taken from the team's play. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, as the game went along the action slowed down, and eventually ground to a halt.

Both teams seemed somewhat satisfied to let it go into overtime, assuring themselves at least the one point. After 65 minutes of hockey couldn't produce a single goal, a Max Lapierre shootout winner gave the Canucks the victory and in doing so extended their winning streak to 5 games.

Read on Past the Jump for Analysis, and Scoring Chance Data.

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Headshots: March 26th

Thomas Drance
March 26 2013 03:55PM

This is a real thing that @strombone1 tweeted to beak Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Kesler.
Kesler subsequently described it as a manwich which, what even?

Today at Canucks Army we previewed tonight's Canucks home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, poked holes in Gallagher's head-slapping theory that Jannik Hansen is a substandard playmaker unfit for power-play time, thought the Keith Ballard as a forward experiment was worth a shot, preferred Kaspars Daugavins to Jussi Jokinen on waivers, and kicked off our "Bold Moves" series with a look back at the decision making process behind the Keith Ballard trade.

For more Canucks news items, corny jokes, all caps sentences and cotton candy Gandalfs click past the jump.

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Keith Ballard at Forward: The Great Experiment

Patrick Johnston
March 26 2013 02:59PM

This post requires you to take a moment and consider an alternate reality.

It requires you to step back and allow yourself to consider a player without any preconceptions, to consider what talents a player has and then to make a judgment on his position. There's no consideration for a player's salary, or how he was acquired. This is simply about talent.

Ok, you ready?

Let's go talk about Keith Ballard, NHL forward.

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Game #33 Preview: Blue Jackets @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
March 26 2013 01:56PM

The Canucks look to get by Fedor Tyutin and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.

Thanks to a scheduling quirk resulting from the lockout, the Vancouver Canucks and Columbus Blue Jackets face each other on Tuesday night for the 3rd time in 19 days. The first two contests took place in Ohio and were, um, fairly painful to watch. The matchups featured a game that ended in a shootout, a game that was decided in overtime, and just 5 goals total in over 129 combined minutes of play.

The Canucks are coming back home off of a thoroughly successful roadtrip, and are winners of four in a row. But I'm sure the visiting Blue Jackets - who are 7-1-2 in their past 10, themselves - will try their best to stop both that streak, and the fans from having any fun.

For what it's worth, the last time I made mention of how few goals I was expecting heading into a game, the Canucks beat the Nashville Predators by a score of 7-4. Just remember who to thank if this one goes that way.

Read Past the Jump for More on the Game.

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