Capital Offense - Canucks' Power-Play lights up D.C.

Thomas Drance
December 02 2014 10:35PM

In a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday the Vancouver Canucks scored enough to bail out a shaky goaltending performance from Ryan Miller, who requested the game specifically from head coach Willie Desjardins. 

Miller's shaky outings have been all-too common this season, but at least the "out-scoring iffy goatlending" thing is a huge relief for those of us who watched the Canucks stagger through the 2013-14 season. So don't look a gift win in the mouth, I say!

Read on past the jump for more.

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Canucks Army GDT #25 - Canucks @ Capitals

J.D. Burke
December 02 2014 03:59PM

Capture

Your Vancouver Canucks are on the road again, this time heading to the U.S. Capital to face D.C.'s aptly named hockey team. It's the second meeting between these two clubs this season and barring a Stanley Cup Finals match, the last. In the first showdown between these two teams it was the unlikeliest of players who stole the show, with Luca Sbisa playing the role of hero by notching the game-winner.

The final score was 4-2 for Vancouver, who out-shot Washington 34-22 in the process.

Both teams will enter tomorrow night reeling from weekend losses. For Vancouver, it was a closely contested loss to the Red Wings that's carried them over. Washington, however, was dismantled by the lowly Maple Leafs to the tune of a 6-2 shellacking. 

With both clubs looking to get past emotional letdowns, lets take a look at what we can expect on the other side of that fabled jump.

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Canucks Army Season Player Grades: Defensemen, December 2nd, 2014

Rhys Jessop
December 02 2014 12:00PM

Player Report Cards

The Vancouver Canucks sit 3rd in the NHL and 1st in their division with a 16-7-1 record going into December. But who do we attribute this early success to? Fortunately, season-to-date player report cards are in, so read past the jump to find out!

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Canucks Army Season Player Grades: Forwards, December 2nd, 2014

Rhys Jessop
December 02 2014 09:30AM

Player Report Cards

The Vancouver Canucks sit 3rd in the NHL and 1st in their division with a 16-7-1 record going into December. But who do we attribute this early success to? Fortunately, season-to-date player report cards are in, so read past the jump to find out!

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The Vancouver Canucks Have Been Lucky

Josh W
December 02 2014 09:15AM

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Courtesy: @VanCanucks

Luck plays a massive role in determining the outcome of National Hockey League games, mostly due to the parity, introduced by the salary cap, and because of the relatively low number of events per game.

When we talk about luck within the analytics circles it is often assumed we are referring to PDO. This is normally true, but PDO does not capture all portions of results that are outside of players' control.  So far the Canucks have a fairly normal PDO but they still have been receiving the benefits of luck other teams have not.

Read past the jump if you’re feeling lucky.

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