Disruption in Action: The Anatomy of a Goal.

Patrick Johnston
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.

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Nation Radio - February 11, 2012

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.

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Why we love #fancystats

Patrick Johnston
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.

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Burned in the shootout; Canucks drop 3-2 SO to Flames - Recap and chance data

Cam Charron
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...

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Game #55 Preview: Hell-Fire

Thomas Drance
February 11 2012 12:52PM

What do the Canucks and Flames have in common? Zombies Left Wingers.

Game Day Recon: Game #55 - Canucks @ Flames

Today there are all sorts of Canucks goodies. It's hockey day in Canada, Trevor Linden is the featured article on Wikipedia, and the Canucks will face-off against the Flames, in Calgary tonight! Add in the fact that the Bruins and Blackhawks are struggling, and it's a pretty good moment in time for Canucks fans!

It will be the fourth meeting between the Flames and the Canucks this season. Vancouver dominated the first two games, before the Flames scored a victory in the most recent meeting between the two clubs on December 23rd. The aggregate score mid-way through the season series between is 11-5 in Vancouver's favour. 

A more detailed preview, underlying numbers and the 3 keys to the game after the break!

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