November 19 2013 01:09PM
Oh, Timmy. What have you gotten yourself into?
On paper you'd think that the Florida Panthers, a team with a 5-12-4 record and a -24 goal differential, are just what the doctor ordered for a reeling Canucks squad that can't buy a goal these days. After all, only two teams have allowed more goals (the Oilers and the Flames, which automatically makes this a fun stat) than the Panthers. That must be music to the ears of the Canucks players, coaching staff, and the fans; their team has managed to score exactly once in each of the past 4 games despite quite handily dominating 3 of them.
But let me caution you from assuming that it's far from a sure thing, because it's not. The Panthers most certainly aren't a good hockey club, but their underlying data is actually significantly better than you'd think a team that holds the type of Win-Loss record that they do would have, and they've got a goaltender in net that could very conceivably put together a brilliant performance to stifle the Canucks for what seems like the millionth time in a row.
Read on past the jump for a preview of Tuesday night's contest.
November 18 2013 09:24PM
Good evening, and welcome to your daily dose of Headshots. There was a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, including the fact that I heard a 53 year old man scream "boom shaka-laka, boom-shaka-laka" at the top of his old as hell lungs today. Anyways, there's some more after the jump, so lets get at it!
November 18 2013 01:46PM
We ran a contest at Canucks Army over the past 2 weeks, collecting entries for a "new stat" (particularly looking for one to quantify grit, because it's great when analysts try to do that) with the winner receiving tickets to this Saturday's Vancouver Canucks-Chicago Blackhawks game.
One entry stood above the rest. Our winning entry is @Sir_Earl's Bieska rating. We've re-printed his submission in full below:
The new statistic, called the Bieska (although many incorrectly assume that it is an acronym and write "BIESKA"), measures Don Cherry’s preference for players. Obviously the metric is based on toughness, but also takes into account other preferences of Don Cherry - place of birth (rewards good Canadian kids), visor use, his Leaf and Bruin homerism, and, of course, how easy or hard it is to pronounce the player's name.
November 18 2013 11:12AM
This past Friday and Saturday at the Pacific Coliseum, Giants and Canucks fans alike caught a glimpse of the future of Vancouver hockey, as both Canucks top prospect Hunter Shinkaruk and Giants top prospect Tyler Benson both paid a visit for the first time this year. The Giants won both games, upsetting the Eastern Conference leading Tigers 3-2 before a strong showing against the Tri-City Americans in a 5-2 win on Saturday night.
Read on past the jump for a look back at the week that was for the Giants.
November 17 2013 09:43PM
There was a goal called off in the second period that perhaps shouldn't have been, but nonetheless, the Vancouver Canucks offence was squelched in a loss to the Dallas Stars. The team has now dropped a game against every team in the former Pacific Division in the last 12 days. They scored six goals in those five games.
The result against Dallas was disappointing, but probably not indicative of the way the team played. The Canucks out-shot, out-possessed and out-chanced the Stars from beginning to end, but ran into a hot Kari Lehtonen, who played just as well as Antti Niemi and Frederik Anderson. The entire Nordic region seems to have the Canucks' number, but thankfully when the Canucks play the Florida Panthers on Tuesday they'll be seeing an American goalie…
…Tim Thomas. Oh, hell. 2-1 the final at the Rog.