January 28 2015 01:00PM
With the Canucks having played their 46th game last night, we are over halfway through the NHL season and approaching the home stretch. Since 41 games is a good benchmark, we can use this point to analyze how Vancouver has been playing and what specific things have been going their favour, and what's been going against them.
One thing that we cannot predict in hockey is luck. Luck plays such a large role in determining the outcome of games to the point that the NHL is identical to a league where only 28% of the games are determined by the better team winning and the remaining 72% of games are a coin-flip. This should come as no surprise, otherwise you would see teams like Buffalo win-less and the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings of the world virtually undefeated.
But what is luck? People tend to think of it as a vague, undefined, superstitious entity, but rather "luck" is everything that is outside of a players' control. Things like injuries, being subjected to variances in shooting percentages, or referees making bad or ill-timed calls are all included in "luck."
Continue past the jump to see how luck has been helping the Canucks this season.
January 28 2015 09:30AM
Welcome back to another week where we review the progress of all of Vancouver's prospects. It's been a fairly busy week for the CHL prospects as they have been playing every other day while the better prospects continue to produce. In other leagues the injury bug is starting to hit as players are no starting to miss games.
Read past the jump for all your news and prospects stats.
January 27 2015 11:37PM
Whoa, Canucks were so bad there's a military coup under way pic.twitter.com/Taaq6oOBTb— petbugs (@petbugs13) January 28, 2015
Facing the leading horse in the Presidents' Trophy race is hardly what I'd call easing back into the routine. With the Anaheim Ducks winners of seven of their last eight, this is doubly true. Making matters worse, the Vancouver Canucks did little to help their cause. Poor goaltending, worse decision making and bad penalties crippled the Canucks early and their inability to generate anything offensively drove the final nails in their coffin. When it was all said and done, the disinterested Canucks dropped tonight's contest with the Ducks by a score of 4-0.
There's not a lot to chew on, but we'll make the most out of what the Canucks did offer on the other side of the jump. There's serious potential here for more talking points than there were shots for Vancouver in the final two frames, so that's something.
January 27 2015 02:10PM
The All-Star break is officially over, and the Vancouver Canucks will be back in action tonight to face Ryan Kesler and the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks, kicking off a six-game home stand. The visitors from Orange County come in red hot, having won five games in a row, and have owned the Canucks of late, going 8-1-1 against their Pacific division rivals.
All three games between these two teams this season have gone to overtime though, so it's been a tightly contested series. The Canucks hope that continues tonight, as they look to distance themselves from the 4th and 5th place Flames and Kings in the Pacific.
Read past the jump for a preview.
January 27 2015 11:00AM
In the third episode of the Hockey Graphs Podcast, Garret and Rhys argue about the definition of what a sandwich is, mourn the death of Corsi, kick rocks at Mike Richards, and have a look at some prospects. Also, Garret has NEWS! Join us after the jump!