February 13 2012 08:39AM
There's a line of thinking that the Vancouver Canucks must acquire a defenseman ahead of this month’s trade deadline, to provide insurance in the event of another – and likely inevitable -- Sami Salo injury. However, after watching the Canucks game on Saturday night in Calgary, it seems that Mike Gillis should be looking to pull the trigger on a deal to acquire someone who can play ahead of Salo, even when the veteran defenseman is healthy and in the line-up.
Read on after the break!
February 12 2012 02:20PM
We know they score goals, but how do they do it?
(Photo: John Russell/Getty Images)
In a follow-up to my previous post about the purpose of offence - here's an example how 'disrupting the defence' leads to scoring chances (and sometimes goals).
It involves the Sedins and their new pal Byron Bitz (otherwise known as the man who can everything).
This is the 3rd goal for the Canucks from Tuesday's first period. In the first frame, we see Byron Bitz down and the Sedins driving the puck up the boards, AWAY from the net. It's pretty obvious what they are looking to do, they are looking to drag the Preds' defence apart and also create space to play in too.
The Predators' defence is already in trouble; Daniel has put himself in a spot which is meant to confuse the defenders coverage game. It's right here where the scoring chance is created - two touches of the puck BEFORE Daniel gets his shot.
February 12 2012 01:27PM
With the trade deadline looking on the horizon and injuries starting to pile up acorss various rosters, the buyers and sellers are starting to line up across the league. Topics this week include Hockey day in Canada, Oiler memories and some of the needs and wants of Canadian NHL teams leading up to February 28.
This is Nation Radio.
February 12 2012 09:00AM
You sure you know the purpose of attack?
(Photo: Ben Nelms / Reuters)
The former coach of the French national rugby team, Pierre Villepreux, once said the purpose of attack is not to score, rather to disrupt the defence. Continue to disrupt the defence, you will eventually score.
It's a hard philosophy to embrace, but it's an absolutely valid statement. You mess the other team up and you should win. It's the reason why we pay attention to advanced analytics here at Canucks Army.
February 12 2012 02:44AM
Shootouts are boring and gimmicky, but Vancouver clearly outplayed an opponent and, despite being not rewarded, they got some good performances in a 3-2 defeat to the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome on Saturday night.
For a full recap, with the Statistical Three Stars, Statistical Three Goats (New Feature!!!) and a Scoring Chance Summary, follow me after the jump...