November 07 2013 01:29PM
Presumably photographed the last time the Canucks beat the Sharks. They had Trevor Linden and Willie Mitchell on the roster. (Wiki commons)
If you laid out the Canucks worst 10-game stretches against individual teams, their current streak against San Jose wouldn't be up there historically, despite having lost nine straight contests.
After the Canucks last loss to the Sharks, I downloaded every Canuck game ever played from Hockey Reference's huge file, sorted it by franchise and calculated the points and expected wins the team should have earned in the last ten games against a particular team via Pythagorean Expectation.
Now, this includes playoffs, and it's worth noting that during the team's 9-game losing streak to the Sharks, they've lost three times in OT, and are 1-4 in one-goal games. By expected wins, it's the team's 187th worst 10-game stretch against a particular team, and by points, it barely moves the needle. The thing I really noticed downloading all this data is that the Canucks rarely won games between 1970 and 1991, which somewhat explains why everybody over the age of 40 in this town is absolutely miserable when it comes to hockey. I'll write about some of the worst streaks after the jump.
November 07 2013 09:48AM
Welcome to this week's edition of the Canucks Weekly Prospect Report where I cover as much as I can on the recent activities of Canuck Prospects in all leagues, including their farm team the Utica Comets. It has been a busy week for prospects, most notably Cole Cassels continuing to shine in Oshawa. The Comets still haven't been able to win a game but they have been close many times.
As always, follow me @nuckprospects for the latest in prospect news and feed free to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish me to cover.
November 06 2013 09:57PM
Torts is yelling because his team lost. He's also taking the blame for it. A Canucks coach can do that?
Evening, folks. It's that time again, where we all gather 'round the internet campfire and go over the day's news for the Canucks. We have a little of this, a little of that and most of all, we see how many people can call me a knuckle-dragging sheep-fucker. It's time for the evening headshots.
November 05 2013 10:47PM
"Lemme see! Lemme see! I want to know what happened! [Image via Chistian Petersen]
The Pacific Division is stupid good right now, in case you hadn't realized. The Canucks and Coyotes came into their contest on Tuesday night sitting at 3rd and 4th in the division respectively, despite the fact that they each had 10 wins and a positive goal differential. If only everyone could play in the Metropolitan Division..
I noted in the game preview that this would mark the first of 5 games against divisional opponents that would surely give us a better idea of where the Canucks stand amongst the league's elite right now. We'll wait to make any serious judgements until we see how that stretch plays out, but so far so good; the Canucks managed to hang around all game long against a tough opponent in a difficult building to play in, and were just a few inches away on a handful of occasions from stealing the 2 points.
One will have to do, thanks to their 3-2 shootout loss. Next up is a date in their own personal house of horrors (the Shark Tank in San Jose) on Thursday night, but before that let's get to what unfolded in Glendale just past the jump.
November 05 2013 02:52PM
I'm sure that Mike Smith will make himself the centre of attention, yet again.
After taking care of business against the hated Toronto Maple Leafs on Pavel Bure's special night, the Vancouver Canucks have been rewarded with a 4-game trip out west to take on the Coyotes, Sharks, Ducks, and Kings. Those teams have a combined 41-13-5 redcord, which is the reason the 10-5-1 Canucks are only good for 4th place in the Pacific at the moment.
The next 5 games - including another meeting against the Sharks when they return home from the trip - will surely tell us quite a bit more about where this team stands in relation to its contemporaries. The team responded admirably to the adversity it faced during its Eastern trip, but I don't need to tell you that this is a whole 'nother animal.
No it's literally a different animal.. it's a Coyote. Read on past the jump for a look at tonight's game.