This Week Straight Up: Sept 30 - Oct 6

Thomas Drance
September 30 2013 05:02PM

CanucksArmy.com and PlayNow Sports are proud to re-launch a partnership between our humble hockey blog and their fun, legal on-line sports book. Going forward this post will appear every Monday afternoon at CanucksArmy.com. So welcome to "This Week Straight Up."

Obviously we at CanucksArmy are big supporters of sports betting, in part because we buy into the Nate Silver theory that putting your money where your prediction is will help improve the aggregate accuracy of forecasting. So this is a natural fit for us. That said, make sure to gamble for fun (or for bragging rights), not to make money. From all of us at CanucksArmy and PlayNow: a gentle reminder to use your game sense!

Read past the jump for special offers to CanucksArmy.com readers from PlayNow Sports, and for a preview of the first week of 2013-14 regular season NHL hockey.

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Hunter Shinkaruk sent back to WHL

Cam Charron
September 30 2013 02:30PM

Alain Vigneault proves once again he just doesn't want kids on his roster.

Wait... Vigneault isn't here anymore?

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Canucks 2013-14 Season Preview: Forwards

Thomas Drance
September 30 2013 12:20PM


All images in this post courtesy wikimedia commons.

Meaningful(-ish) regular season hockey is almost here! The Canucks will open the 2013-14 NHL season on Thursday night in San Jose, so of course we're kicking off our detailed Canucks season preview. We're beginning today with a preview of Vancouver's centre group, and we'll roll through some predictable topics between now and Thursday (defense, goaltending, the new Pacific Division). 

Let's get to Vancouver's forward group on the other side of the jump.

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Canucks claim D Ryan Stanton off waivers

Cam Charron
September 30 2013 10:16AM

This seems odd, unless Ryan Stanton is secretly a centreman. I'd assumed that the Canucks would play with seven defencemen, and they were mostly locked in after Frankie Corrado was cut and sent to Utica. Evidently not, as the Canucks will carry around a 6'2", 196-lb defenceman who has recorded 256 penalty minutes in his last two AHL seasons with the Rockford Ice Hogs.

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Reviewing the 2013-2014 Hockey Prospectus Guide

Cam Charron
September 30 2013 08:53AM


Cover of the .pdf version

The 2013-2014 Hockey Prospectus Annual is a book much different in style and content than the 2013 Hockey Abstract written by Robert Vollman. The Abstract was Vollman's general look at where statistical hockey analysis is in the year 2013, while Prospectus focuses on teams and players, and less on theory.

The writing is primarily done by Vollman, but there are many familiar names that pop up if you read often about hockey metrics online, such as Adam Gretz, Ryan Wagman and Corey Sznajder. With Vollman writing up many of the essays introducing teams and players, it's no surprise that the tome is heavily stocked with player usage and performance charts.

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