February 22 2012 01:53PM
In the eight seasons since the Vancouver Canucks have been buyers at the trading deadline, the most notable asset the team let go was the draft pick that became Wayne Simmonds.
Now, before we go out saying that the Canucks traded Wayne SImmonds for Brent Sopel, keep in mind the Canucks never lost their 2nd round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft, this was a pick awarded to Vancouver for allowing Randy Carlyle to join the Anaheim Ducks. The Canucks passed on Simmonds twice over, selecting Minnesota high schooler Patrick White and Everett Silvertip Taylor Ellington over many more notable names.
February 22 2012 09:54AM
During last night's Canucks game in Nashville, Canucks broadcaster and colour guy John Garrett made a startling on-air confession. It was clear that he was burdened, that he had some sort of dark secret festering just under the surface. I like to imagine that Garrett turned to John Shorthouse, took a deep breath to gather himself, then mustering the courage admitted to his broadcast partner and the world: "I am a burger, you know."
February 21 2012 10:33PM
Luongo robs Shea Weber on a breakaway in a losing effort.
Photo Credit: John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images
Coming into tonight's game, the Canucks were on a 13 game point streak dating back to mid-January. Tonight, they controlled the game for forty minutes, but were unable to beat all-universe goaltender Pekka Rinne and saw their point streak snapped.
For much of their recent streak, the Canucks played uninspired hockey yet repeatedly managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. In tonight's contest, the Predators built their lead over a forty minute stretch in which the Canucks dominated possession and comfortably out-chanced their opponents. In the third, with the Canucks requiring a goal to even proceedings - the Predators completely took over and suffocated the Canucks. Nashville's club eventually sealed the win on a late David Legwand goal, which, put the Predators up by two with just under three minutes remaining in the game.
Click past the jump for a thorough recap, chance data and your statistical three stars and goats!
February 21 2012 02:53PM
Beloved former Canuck Matthias Ohlund (pictured above with Naslund and the Sedins) will go under the knife on Thursday.
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February 21 2012 01:27PM
Alain Vigneault's extreme situational deployment strategies have been a hot topic among hockey stats nerds this season. The topic even went mainstream this weekend when Malhotra's O-zone start rate was mentioned by Elliotte Friedman on Hockey Night in Canada during Saturday evening's game.
I'm of the opinion that zone-starts have a major impact on a skaters point production and possession stats. In my view, they also tell us a lot about which skaters a coach thinks are his team's best at either end of the ice. Most people wouldn't dispute any of the above, but David Johnson of hockeyanalysis.com isn't most people.
Read on past the break.