October 28 2011 09:22AM
I've been scratching my head for a while now, trying to come up with a puck possession metric that focuses on defense rather than offense-driven numbers. I mean, if you're Anton Volchenkov, you might be responsible for preventing a lot of goals, but there's always the chance that last year's New Jersey forwards were incapable of putting shots on the opposition's net, and that your Corsi numbers look bad. What's a defensive defenseman to do? There's got to be a way of measuring defensive contributions that isn't tied to shots or goals.
So here's my rationale: only the puck carrier can be hit, so if there is a lot of hitting in your end of the ice, the puck must be there a lot, right? Even if your team has the puck, and is getting hit a lot in their zone, doesn't that mean that you're struggling to get out? Leafs fans should certainly remember last year's broken-record recording of "to the line, but not out", so anecdotally, anyway, this makes sense.
October 27 2011 01:25PM
From Chloe Ezra's lovely "Pass it to Comics" series.
On today's postcast I am joined by PiTB co-editor, and Backhand Shelf contributor Daniel Wagner. We debated Vigneault's pairings, "protecting the Sedins", and talked about how tired we are of Luongo/Schneider articles. We then proceed to talk about Luongo and Schneider.
October 27 2011 11:49AM
The Canucks were manhandled physically in the latter stages of the Stanley Cup Final against Boston. As much as the stellar play of Tim Thomas ultimately cost them the Stanley Cup, the constant physical play from Boston completely wore Vancouver down. Only a few short weeks later, the Canucks placed an emphasis on size at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. This drafting strategy may have just been by coincidence, but I think the two (losing to a bigger team and picking big players) had something in common. With the 101st pick, Vancouver picked Joseph LaBate, a rangy 6’4” center from the much-heralded Minnesota high school hockey system.
October 27 2011 11:34AM
Much like Jack Bauer, I too often stop cleaning my gun to scream momentarily.
Every week I plan on asking questions, questions I don't have answers to. I invite the community to help answer these questions. It is through these questions that I hope we can build a stronger Canuck Army, one capable of making Bieksa stop playing like an ass-clown, and one that makes Dan Hamhuis not attempt a hip check with the power of a 5 year old girl. So without further ado, I invite you to step inside and take a look at......Questions from a Stanchion.
October 27 2011 09:55AM
The Canucks were doing a whole LOT of this last night: CHASING THE PUCK.
And they have a new Canuck Killer on their hands - Alex Steen.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
We're now 10 games into the Vancouver Canucks' season, and one thing has become clear to me: the Canucks have mastered the art of phoning it in.
Whether the man in net is the much-maligned Roberto Luongo or the golden-boy Cory Schneider, the Canucks effort level when starting games has stayed at 0 with no signs of increasing. Last night, their disinterest was on full display from start to finish, and the Canucks biggest problem lies with their best players.