November 05 2011 01:44PM
Manny Malhotra hasn't had much luck this year.
A year ago this weekend, the Canucks were flying. They'd won six in a row. They'd just beaten the Red Wings 6-4 on Hockey Night in Canada. Manny Malhotra had three (!!) points. Their record was 8-3-2.
Last night the Canucks lost their second straight game. The Canucks are wow 6-7-1.
What the heck has changed? Last year, this was a lineup that was praised as being nearly flawless from top to bottom. Their defensive depth was widely praised. This year's lineup is nearly the same; comparison time!
November 05 2011 12:15PM
There are numbers for everything in sports.
Luck? Sign me up.
I got into a bit of a discussion on Twitter with another competitor in the Province's #ReplaceTheKB competition last night about the play of Kevin Bieksa. Bieksa, I'm sure you're all aware, is a team-low minus-9, has yet to score a goal, and has been on the ice for 21 goals against so far through just 14 games.
May I suggest to you that Bieksa is going through an unlucky streak. This is something that we can quantify with something called PDO. What is PDO? Follow me after the jump.
November 04 2011 11:09PM
Another game, another frustrating loss.
I have to admit, I saw this coming when I looked ahead at the schedule last week. A Minnesota, St. Louis road back-to-back was pretty obviously a recipe for frustration and indeed that's how it turned out, though frustration might be putting things too mildly. While earlier in the season the Canucks were victims of bad-luck in most of their losses (the 2-0 loss in Detroit being the exception), in the last two games the Canucks have been soundly defeated.
November 04 2011 09:22PM
Q. When are we allowed to officially panic?
I’m not ready to panic yet. This current group of Canucks seems to always have a similar start to the season before they get going. But I would be lying if I said I didn’t have to constantly shut down that small voice in my head that keeps going “Well, the downward spiral begins now.” The voice sounds an awful lot like Mark Messier. I try and keep him at bay with Frito Lays chips, but he is still in there, chirping away at me. The Canucks problems on the back end have been horrifying to watch to start the year, and our forwards seem to lack any sort of chemistry of any kind. I love Lapierre as much as the next guy, but he shouldn’t be one of our best players right now (More after the jump)
November 04 2011 01:49PM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of Cheers and Jeers.
This week, we give a shout-out to Corrado, Botch and the Province, but we take a bite out of the Canucks AND the Leafs.