November 07 2013 11:52PM
That's really what you went with, headline writer? NHL.com
The Vancouver Canucks overcame a fluky goal against in the first sequence of the game to knock off the San Jose Sharks,
improving their record against San Jose to 11-7-5 in their last 23 games to snap a nine-game losing streak against their Northern California rivals. The Canucks overall played a lights-out defensive game in the first period, and followed it up with a lights-out goaltending performance by Roberto Luongo in the third as the Sharks clawed back, but Vancouver held for a 4-2 victory.
There's some hilarious irony to hearing Sharks fans boo their team off the ice (this was their first regulation loss in eight games at home) and at the end of a third period powerplay that was held ineffective (the same powerplay that over the last several years has been the best in the league by a longshot). Vancouver, though, gets full marks for the win Thursday night, keeping the Sharks' dangerous first three lines out of the black through two.
November 07 2013 01:29PM
Presumably photographed the last time the Canucks beat the Sharks. They had Trevor Linden and Willie Mitchell on the roster. (Wiki commons)
If you laid out the Canucks worst 10-game stretches against individual teams, their current streak against San Jose wouldn't be up there historically, despite having lost nine straight contests.
After the Canucks last loss to the Sharks, I downloaded every Canuck game ever played from Hockey Reference's huge file, sorted it by franchise and calculated the points and expected wins the team should have earned in the last ten games against a particular team via Pythagorean Expectation.
Now, this includes playoffs, and it's worth noting that during the team's 9-game losing streak to the Sharks, they've lost three times in OT, and are 1-4 in one-goal games. By expected wins, it's the team's 187th worst 10-game stretch against a particular team, and by points, it barely moves the needle. The thing I really noticed downloading all this data is that the Canucks rarely won games between 1970 and 1991, which somewhat explains why everybody over the age of 40 in this town is absolutely miserable when it comes to hockey. I'll write about some of the worst streaks after the jump.
November 07 2013 09:48AM
Welcome to this week's edition of the Canucks Weekly Prospect Report where I cover as much as I can on the recent activities of Canuck Prospects in all leagues, including their farm team the Utica Comets. It has been a busy week for prospects, most notably Cole Cassels continuing to shine in Oshawa. The Comets still haven't been able to win a game but they have been close many times.
As always, follow me @nuckprospects for the latest in prospect news and feed free to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish me to cover.
November 06 2013 09:57PM
Torts is yelling because his team lost. He's also taking the blame for it. A Canucks coach can do that?
Evening, folks. It's that time again, where we all gather 'round the internet campfire and go over the day's news for the Canucks. We have a little of this, a little of that and most of all, we see how many people can call me a knuckle-dragging sheep-fucker. It's time for the evening headshots.
November 05 2013 10:47PM
"Lemme see! Lemme see! I want to know what happened! [Image via Chistian Petersen]
The Pacific Division is stupid good right now, in case you hadn't realized. The Canucks and Coyotes came into their contest on Tuesday night sitting at 3rd and 4th in the division respectively, despite the fact that they each had 10 wins and a positive goal differential. If only everyone could play in the Metropolitan Division..
I noted in the game preview that this would mark the first of 5 games against divisional opponents that would surely give us a better idea of where the Canucks stand amongst the league's elite right now. We'll wait to make any serious judgements until we see how that stretch plays out, but so far so good; the Canucks managed to hang around all game long against a tough opponent in a difficult building to play in, and were just a few inches away on a handful of occasions from stealing the 2 points.
One will have to do, thanks to their 3-2 shootout loss. Next up is a date in their own personal house of horrors (the Shark Tank in San Jose) on Thursday night, but before that let's get to what unfolded in Glendale just past the jump.