May 14 2012 03:44PM
Derek Zona, one of our family of websites' new editors, wrote a post at NHLNumbers highlighting the best shot blockers in the NHL, not based on how many raw shots they blocked, but as a percentage of total attempts when on the ice. He did the same thing for the Edmonton Oilers today at Copper n Blue.
Why the discrepancy is important? Well, the Canucks leading shot blocker this season was Alexander Edler, according to NHL.com. He blocked 145 shots. However, he has an unfair advantage. According to Behind The Net, Edler's relative Corsi was +0.9 per 60 minutes, meaning that he was on the ice for many more shots against from the opposition than, say, Dan Hamhuis or Aaron Rome, allowing him to inflate his shot block totals.
So I've looked at regular players this season to compare a player's shot blocking ability:
May 14 2012 02:26PM
John Tortorella is angry and so am I. Torts is angry because, well, he just is.
I'm angry because he doesn't say a damn thing in his pressers. EVER.
(Photo courtesy AP/Tom Mihalek)
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 hold a stupidly short conference to yell at Torts, the lack of Canucks news and the inevitability of an uninteresting Stanley Cup Final.
May 14 2012 12:50PM
If you're a regular Canucks Army reader, you know that we've spilled gallons upon gallons of digital ink in an effort to breakdown Alain Vigneault's radical deployment patterns over the course of this season. We're always looking for new ways to help our readers visualize Vigneault's preferred tactics, and seeing as it's the Canucks head coach's 51st birthday today, we figured, what's another litre or two?
Click past the jump for more.
May 13 2012 05:47PM
It's been an unpredictable playoffs. As it stands, 12 series have been concluded. None of our entrants to date have pegged more than seven correctly, and our average is sitting between four and five.
May 13 2012 10:30AM
The hot topic this week was the launch of the Nation Network's newest project NHLNumbers blog. Derek Zona, Kent Wilson and others stopped by to talk about how the new site came to be as well as what readers can expect from it down the road. In addition, Ben Massey called in to talk the Oilers and Edmonton FC while Kent Simpson updates us on the Oil Kings playoff march.
This is Nation Radio.