December 02 2014 09:30AM
The Vancouver Canucks sit 3rd in the NHL and 1st in their division with a 16-7-1 record going into December. But who do we attribute this early success to? Fortunately, season-to-date player report cards are in, so read past the jump to find out!
December 02 2014 09:15AM
Luck plays a massive role in determining the outcome of National Hockey League games, mostly due to the parity, introduced by the salary cap, and because of the relatively low number of events per game.
When we talk about luck within the analytics circles it is often assumed we are referring to PDO. This is normally true, but PDO does not capture all portions of results that are outside of players' control. So far the Canucks have a fairly normal PDO but they still have been receiving the benefits of luck other teams have not.
Read past the jump if you’re feeling lucky.
November 30 2014 08:13PM
drew miller looks like the ghost of ryan miller pic.twitter.com/pcOPrHG5DB— chris (@brochenski) November 30, 2014
How fitting that before this game could get going, the lights went out. The game was played in Detroit, after all. One can only assume they've a mountain of unpaid hydro bills, all of which finally came home to roost. While the lights in the building went back on in the first, it wasn't until the second that they turned on for the Canucks.
By then Vancouver had surrendered goals, early and often, looking sloppy and out of position on each. A thin veneer of of respectability had attached itself to Ryan Miller following back-to-back shutouts, and the equity that bought him among fans, took a thorough licking on Sunday.
Despite all of Vancouver's late efforts and continued push right to the final whistle, the Canucks couldn't find a way to win. It's a 5-3 finish for Detroit and the Canucks' first loss in quite some time. See how it went down, on the other side of the jump.
November 30 2014 10:51AM
Having kicked off their season long seven-game road trip on Friday with a dominating performance over the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Canucks look to extend their dominance over used-to-be-Western-but-now-in-the-East teams with a trip to the Joe Louis Arena on Sunday morning. Can the Canucks continue their road excellence against a team they so boastfully tried, but failed, to mimic for so many years?
Let's see how they stack up against the current #DetroitModel on the other side of the jump.
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November 30 2014 09:30AM
Courtesy of The Royal Half, here's a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific division from some of the
best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams, including the Oilers, Canucks and Flames.