Stats Be Damned - The Canucks Got This

Cam Davie
April 10 2012 11:58AM


Let's see.. Defenceman scoring, tonnes of Canucks fans, only one Kings player in view ...
And this was the first Canucks/Kings picture I found. Yep, don't worry kids. they got this.
(Photo by Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)

Thomas Drance, the fearless leader of our venerable blog, used his steadfast numbers to break down the Canucks and Kings series. He took off his Canucks hat to analyze the stats, he removed emotion and bias and determined that the Los Angeles Kings, by the underlying possession numbers, were downright frightening.

Now, it's pretty hard to argue with Thom's numbers, because he is damn good at breaking this stuff down to a level that even an idiot like me can understand. The only way to fight fire is to use fire. My fire consists of only a few stats, but plenty of yelling and arm waving and kicking things within my immediate vicinity.

Canucks fans are an irrational, emotional bunch, and so I shall placate our readers with a rebuttal of Thom's preview. Contrary to the predictions of the "advanced stats" dudes that there are plenty of reasons why the Canucks will this series.

Click past the jump, because I've got five of them.

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Canucks v. Kings - Round 1 Preview

Thomas Drance
April 10 2012 09:48AM


In the first round the Canucks will face an American born Vezina nominee goaltender with an unconventional style...
What can go wrong?

Throughout their mostly sordid history, the Canucks have been unable to buy a break. Now that Vancouver's hockey club ices a perennial power house, a team that has won two consecutive President's Trophies and nearly every individual award a player, General Manager and Head Coach can win - that streak of bad luck continues. Since the lockout, there have never been two more difficult eighth seeds than the 2010-11 Chicago Blackhawks, and the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings. Of course, in the two seasons that the Canucks have a legitimate shot at hockey's holy grail, they're dealt an outrageously tough test right off the bat...

Yes, the Kings are that good. They may look like they're lacking in back-end depth (which is true), and certainly they've struggled to score goals this season, but the stew Daryl Sutter is brewing down in Hollywood still possesses some deadly ingredients. 

Read past the jump for our detailed advanced stat preview...

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Headshots April 9th

Thomas Drance
April 09 2012 02:42PM

 
Apparently this is some guy trying to be the "biggest Canuck fan ever."
He's calling himself Canuck Libre, and yes the entire thing is very frightening (via @ctv_stjohn)

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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You Know What I Hate?! - April 9th

Cam Davie
April 09 2012 01:38PM


Hordi is angry. And so am I. He's angry about getting a penalty.
I'm angry that Darcy Hordichuk still plays hockey in the National Hockey League.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Today I continue my weekly feature of me venting and raging on stupid crap happening with the Canucks, their fans and around the NHL. Two things about feature... 1) It will appear (hopefully) every Monday, and 2) It is blatantly ripped off from a stand-up bit from comedian Craig Anton. On either point, I make no apologies. Enjoy. Or don't.

This week, I call a series of inexplicable penalties on Staples Center, Gary Bettman, dumb historical stats and a lack of love for Hammy.

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Daniel Takes to the Ice, Could Return Wednesday

Thomas Drance
April 09 2012 12:12PM

 
Daniel takes the ice before the Canucks practice today.
Image via David Ebner.

Canucks Army doesn't have access. But with the playoffs beginning this week, we'll occasionally do our best to round up beat-writer's practice tweets and try to keep you posted on what's going on in a digestible format. Today is the first such installment.

Today, Daniel Sedin openly took to the ice for the first time since he was injured by the cheapest of cheap shots on March 21st in a game against the Blackhawks. Today he was out on the ice working with the Canucks skill-coach (along with Booth, Kesler and Ballard), while wearing a blue-helmet (which, for the Canucks, usually means "cleared for contact"), and has joined the club for the full team practice.

Recently injured depth players Zack Kassian, Keith Ballard and Aaron Rome also joined the Canucks for practice. This means that, fingers crossed, Alain Vigneault could have a full deck in-play for Wednesday's playoff opener against the Los Angeles Kings.

More after the jump.

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