An Extended Look at Vancouver's Defence Pairings

Thomas Drance
April 10 2013 12:12PM

The Canucks have recently found some functional defence pairings beyond Bieksa and Hamhuis.

This season, up until the last ten games or so, the Canucks defence pairings have been inconsistently delineated. There's a variety of reasons for that, like injuries and the club employing only one top-four defenceman with a right-handed shot; but the fact remains that Alain Vigneault and Rick Bowness (who runs the defence) have tried out a lot of different personnel together. 

Of late they seem to have settled in on a top pairing of Dan Hamhuis and Jason Garrison, a second pairing of Kevin Bieksa and Alex Edler, and a third pairing consiting of whomever is healthy (but preferably Keith Ballard and Chris Tanev). Have they made the right call, or are their other possible combinations that have performed better this season?

Read past the jump for more.

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Evening Headshots: April 9th

Thomas Drance
April 09 2013 08:14PM

Keith Ballard has a pretty solid poker face.
Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnick/Behind the Lens

Today at Canucks Army we recapped Vancouver's two-to-nothing victory over the Phoenix Coyotes, checked out the early returns on the Derek Roy acquisition, reacted to the latest news about Chris Higgins and Chris Tanev's injuries and analyzed Cory Schneider's Major Junior-like career trajectory as an NHL goaltender.

More Lady Gaga references and other Canucks links after the jump.

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Cory Schneider's odd career trajectory

Cam Charron
April 09 2013 02:50PM

The amazing thing about Cory Schneider's career is the lack of valleys along the way. You can't point to a grouping of ten games in a row where Schneider's performance has been substandard except for right at the start of his career.

I've organized a chart looking at Schneider's career save percentage cumulative and from a rolling 10-game average. After the jump…

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Injury Bug: Higgins and Tanev out with the dreaded "lower body injury"

Thomas Drance
April 09 2013 02:04PM

After Canucks practice today - a practice at which Chris Tanev and Chris Higgins were absent - Alain Vigneault updated the media on their respective health status. While Vancouver's head coach closely guarded the actual prognosis (and admitted he was in "playoff mode" on the injury disclosure front), the update certainly sounds grim:

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Early Returns: Derek Roy's First Week with the Canucks

Thomas Drance
April 09 2013 12:05PM

Derek Roy selects his weapon of choice.
Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnick via NHLI

The day before the trade deadline Mike Gillis and the Canucks acquired centreman Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars. Though Gillis made more calls that day than Kobe will get in a first round matchup between the Lakers and Spurs later this month, it was his only meaningful move.

The lack of action disappointed some Canucks fans who empathized with Roberto Luongo and got ahead of themselves when Laurence Gilman went on the radio and told fans that the team was "all in." But as we wrote at the time, Mike Gillis managed to go out and get the one piece his team absolutely had to get - another NHL quality top-six centreman - and he did so at a relatively affordable rental price too.

So how is Derek Roy fitting in so far, and what changes has he wrought in the Canucks lineup? Let's wade into some numbers on the other side of the jump.

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