Canucks Points Projections: Blue Line

Robert Vollman
October 27 2012 11:07AM

Every year we project how many points each of the players will score using a couple of different statistical methods, and why should a potential lockout season be any different?

If you're just tuning in, we explained our methodology in more detail in our first piece, which covered the top-six forwards.  This time we'll cover the defensemen and then close up in a third and final piece that features the remaining, secondary forwards.

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Wolves Implode In Final Stanza, Fall To Peoria 4-1

Dimitri Filipovic
October 26 2012 09:29PM

You think it's easy playing hockey with a giant monkey on your back?.

The last time we saw the Chicago Wolves hit the ice was six nights ago, when they imploded in the second half of a back-to-back against the Abbotsford Heat. The Peoria Rivermen themselves hadn't played since last Friday, either. And as a result, we were treated to a sloppy game - between two seemingly rusty teams - which was filled with turnovers, miscues, and unforced penalties.

Unfortunately for the Wolves, this game followed the same script as the game last Saturday, which saw them waste two strong periods when they inexplicably decided to stay in the lockerroom following the second intermission. A 4-1 loss at the hands of Peoria means that they have now lost two in a row, after having started the year on a 4-game high.

Read Past the Jump for Notes on the Game.

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KHL Highlights - A Thriller in Minsk, Malkin and friends keep rolling, and Alex Semin joins a monster

Steve Dangle
October 26 2012 08:01PM

Want to see a bunch of hockey highlights featuring a bunch of fans actually enjoying that hockey and going nuts and stuff?

Today was a fantastic day of KHL hockey. Dinamo Minsk took on Barys Astana in Belarus for a thriller in OT, Malkin, Kulemin, and Magnitogorsk destroyed Spartak Moscow, and it looks like Alex Semin joined the right team.

***NOTE*** The Minsk-Barys game is only geo blocked in the United States. The other games are available worldwide.

Happy watching!

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October 26 2012 03:14PM

It's funny how a protracted labour dispute in the NHL will put a damper on an NHL blogging Network. Assuming you define "funny" as brainshatteringly annoying. Who wouldn't want to read an up tempo article like that right?!

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The Top Defensive Pairings In The NHL

Dimitri Filipovic
October 26 2012 09:55AM

Goals are fun. You know what they say: chicks dig the long-ball bulging of the twine. I'm sure that scoring a goal at the NHL level is one of the funnest things you could possibly do (legally).

What's not quite as glorious - but just as valuable in contributing to the effort of winning hockey games - is the act of preventing the puck from entering your own net. After all, a 1-0 win counts just as much as the 6-5 win. Remember, the ultimate objective of hockey is to score one more goal than you allow on any given night.

You don't truly recognize the beauty, and importance, of a great two-way defenseman until you get to watch one on a regular basis. Then, everything changes and you're left wondering how you slummed through all those days without one. What's even better than that is when you can combine two defenseman of that ilk, to form a top defensive pairing. There's comfort in knowing that you're in good hands. 

Which teams (and individuals) benefited from this sort of chemistry? And how do they stack up against each other?

Read Past the Jump for More. 

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