December 16 2013 01:51PM
In the interest of putting something up on the old blag today and distract from the fact that Canucks fans are yet again in the heat of some silly non-hockey discussion, I thought it might be fun to take a quick look similar to a visual found at mc79hockey's blog that dealt with team Corsi rates when players are on the ice with or without others.
It's a mostly informational thing. Tim Bonnar at Arctic Ice Hockey pointed out that the Winnipeg Jets are a pretty good team when their top players are on, and they're a mostly bad team when their top players are not on. mc79 visualized this by mocking up a graph exploring how the most-used forwards, in order, did with the most-used defencemen. I've made one for the Canucks below.
December 14 2013 11:31PM
I love World Champian Brad Marchand.
December 13 2013 11:20PM
On Friday night the Vancouver Canucks spanked the Edmonton Oilers with a 4-0 victory that wasn't as closely contested as the score might indicate. It was probably Vancouver's most thoroughly dominant performance of the season.
At the end of it Zack Kassian made waves by probably mocking Sam Gagner's jaw shield (y'know, the one Gagner wears to protect his jaw after Kassian broke it with a vicious errant stick this past September). It was such a controversial move by Kassian that it soaked up all of the postgame oxygen overshadowing the fact that the Canucks have won six in a row, have given up one goal in their last three games, and that Dale Weise scored a power-play goal...
Read past the jump for more.
December 13 2013 02:16PM
Early start for the Vancouver Canucks tonight, as Hockey Night in Canada is in town and they forgot to change their clocks as the bus crawled past the Alberta-British Columbia border. The Edmonton Oilers are visiting, and while their recent record isn't a big problem, they're playing tonight on the second half of a back-to-back against a rested Vancouver team. One could even suggest this is a "schedule loss" for the Oilers, and smart guy Jonathan Willis posits whether tonight's game is a guaranteed win for Vancouver?
If THAT doesn't get the nation to tune in, what will?
December 13 2013 01:07PM
His hair's sticking out
He's wearing a tie
Feaster is out
I'm telling you why
Brian Burke is running cowtown