GDR #34 - Oilers @ Canucks

Cam Davie
December 26 2010 11:47AM

EDMONTON, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 26: Raffi Torres  of the Vancouver Canucks skates against the Edmonton Oilers on September 26, 2010 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)


Game Day Recon #34 - Oilers @ Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks last left their fans full of Christmas cheer. With their convincing win over Columbus, the Canucks reached 20 wins in only 33 games, the second fastest they've reached that marked in team history.

So tonight they need to take care of their own house and take a long-time divisional foe to task.

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Size Has No Impact On Faceoff Percentage: 2009-10 Data

Jonathan Willis
December 24 2010 10:36AM


A question that has come up a few times is whether big players tend to have an advantage when taking faceoffs. There is a certain logic to the idea that they do: after all, bigger, stronger players should be able to outmuscle their smaller counterparts in the faceoff circle.

The data, however, suggests something else entirely: that there is no advantage to being big when it comes to taking face-offs.

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The Word “Stress” – Meaningless For Professional Athletes?

Jonathan Willis
December 23 2010 05:16PM

Meandering around the internets the other day, I came across a compelling article by Steven Reiss, an Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Ohio State University. It was his opening statement that caught my attention:

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Santa's Got No Patience For Second Place: Canucks & Jackets

Yankee Canuck
December 23 2010 04:18PM


Vancouver Canucks @ Columbus Blue Jackets

4:00 PM PST

Jackets   Canucks
17 Wins 19
13 Losses 8
3 OTL 5
2.52 (T - 23rd) Goals/Game 3.25 (4th)
2.73 (T - 12th) Goals Against/Game 2.53 (7th)
11.9% (29th) PP 24.6% (1st)
80.3% (20th) PK 85% (5th)

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Believe you can and you're halfway there: Canucks & Red Wings

Yankee Canuck
December 22 2010 04:58PM


Vancouver Canucks @ Detroit Red Wings

4:30 PM PST

Wings   Canucks
20 Wins 19
8 Losses 8
4 OTL 4
3.28 (3rd) Goals/Game 3.23 (4th)
2.72 (T-11th) Goals Against/Game 2.45 (7th)
20.6% (9th) PP 23.6% (3rd)
83% (12th) PK 85.3% (5th)

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