Fun With Numbers: New Ranking System Brought To You By CBS Sports

Dimitri Filipovic
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.

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Canucks Win Game In Which Everything Happens: Recap and Chance Data

Dimitri Filipovic
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.

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Game #26 Preview: Predators @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
March 14 2013 01:10PM

Can't blame Carrie. This was probably taken the last time these two teams played.

The Good? Your Vancouver Canucks currently find themselves on a 1-game winning streak! They're also kicking off a 4-game stretch at home tonight.

The Bad? That win was their first in the last 5 games, as they've found themselves mired in a hideous stretch of hockey.

The Ugly? They're playing hockey against the Nashville Predators for 60-65 minutes tonight.

Read Past the Jump for More on the Game.

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Trade Deadline 2013: Finding a Center

Jeff Angus
March 14 2013 10:58AM

The Vancouver Canucks need another center. You know this, I know this, and Mike Gillis knows this.

The club can’t/won’t enter the postseason with Andrew Ebbett or Jordan Schroeder as a top nine center. Assuming Ryan Kesler returns from his broken foot a few weeks before the playoffs start (and that appears to be the likely outcome), who do the Canucks target to center the third line?

Max Lapierre could move up to play there, but he is probably best suited for the fourth line (or at least sharing the ultra-tough line assignments that Alain Vigneault typically gives to his top checking line center).

With all of that being said, who are some centers around the league that the Canucks could realistically target at the trade deadline?

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Evening Headshots - March 13th

Patrick Johnston
March 13 2013 07:20PM

It's an off day. Drance is off. Charron is off. Filipovic and Angus were both last seen runing around downtown with horse heads on.

The Canucks are off. 

Here I am, though, fresh in from the pouring rain, with a collection of fun, evening reading; there's chatter about the coach, about the lineup and a touch of banter.

For a round up of what's happening on a very grey Wednesday, click through, after the jump!

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