March 16 2013 01:11PM
Mason Raymond has arguably been the most consistent and most effective Vancouver forward in 2013. His struggles last season are now firmly in the rearview mirror. Raymond is playing with a lot of confidence right now, and Thursday night's goal against the Predators was a great example of that.
I wrote on Raymond's resurgence over at Canucks.com last week (and you can read that here). Essentially, the point I was trying to make was that Raymond needed a year to fully recover from a broken back, and that he has quietly developed into a very effective two-way winger.
March 16 2013 10:23AM
It's surely only a matter of time.
Sure, the Canucks have managed to string a couple of wins together, but for the fervent miltitude of Canucks fans who seem content only in complaining, Alain Vigneault has got to go. For this angry mob of judge, jury and would-be executioners, Alain Vigneault is the one thing holding this team back from competing for the Cup. I guess I forgot that he played the right side on defense. The fact he hasn't inserted himself in the line-up is just another example of his poor personnel decisions, to go with his poor record on strategic innovation and a poor in-game tactics.
For these heinous crimes against
humanity inanity, he sits on death row, waiting for the inevitable day of reckoning. It doesn't help that any time the chants to #fireAV start up, Vigneault can be heard muttering, "Let them eat throat lozenges."
So while Vigneault may have won himself a short reprieve, you can be sure that a full pardon from the Governor won't be coming any time soon. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, just picture Tony Gallagher with an eye patch.
March 15 2013 04:40PM
This is a photo of Daniel Sedin that I like. I call it "Pensive Ginger". (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)
This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).
March 15 2013 01:20PM
Dustin Brown seems confused, and I can't blame him.
The hockey world has come a long way in recent years when it comes to both its acceptance, and its usage, of advanced stats. Readers of this blog have come to be familiar with them; more often than not we use those very underlying metrics in our analysis to try to explain what our eyes are telling us is happening. The way we see and think the game has definitely taken a step in the right direction because of it. We've just grazed the surface though, but individuals such as Eric Tulsky are doing a phenomenal job in helping expedite the process.
With all of that being said, there are still fossils out there who are set in their ways, falling back on the crutch that are stats such as hits, blocked shots, and plus/minus. Those are probably the same people that will tell you that you have to have a lot of grit and heart to be a successful team.
Those people that I'm referring to seem to putting together formulas for CBS Sports, apparently.
Read Past the Jump for the Goods.
March 15 2013 12:18AM
Jannik Hansen made it look way too easy on this night.
If you read my preview for this game, I thank you for taking the time to do so, and appreciate your click. But boy, I could not have been more wrong. I listed a few less than flattering offensive statistics regarding the Nashville Predators, before citing the last meeting between these two teams as the reason why this would be a snooze fest.
Instead, what we were treated to was one of the more exciting Canucks games of the entire season. And quite frankly, a game which featured just about everything you'd want to see as a fan. Goals, a penalty shot,
momentum swingers fights, and some more goals. It had it all. What it also had, was a final result that saw the Canucks earn two points with a 7-4 victory.
Read on Past the Jump for Analysis, and Scoring Chance Data.