March 06 2013 03:15PM
Photo Credit: CANADIAN PRESS/DARRYL DYCK
The Vancouver Canucks are ninth in the National Hockey League in points, yet fifth in puck-possession. After a couple of years of tracking this sort of stuff, I don't even feel it's necessary to link all the math that shows a team's Fenwick record is more predictive of the team's future results than its actual win-loss record. A teams' hockey ability isn't best measured in how many games it wins, but in how many shots it's able to direct towards the net versus its opponents.
What determines wins and losses after the shots have been accounted for? Voodoo, really. Sometimes they call voodoo "goaltending" and even though it's the position played that's the easiest to track, it's almost impossible to predict how a goaltender will do in any given year.
March 06 2013 12:27PM
Did Mike Gillis' "Greed" cost the Canucks Nazem Kadri?
Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press
This morning Damien Cox caused a bit of a stir on Twitter when he began criticizing Canucks management for turning down a trade with the Maple Leafs at the NHL draft this past June:
March 06 2013 01:02AM
"You stole those two points for your team, Antti."
Here's the question if you're a Canucks fan: would you rather see your team play a thrilling game in which they dominate, only to have them eventually lose, or would you prefer to see them squeek out a forgettable yawner and take home the two points?
For me, personally, it's the former; every single day of the week, and twice on this particular night. Especially when you're talking about a regular season game in March, shortened season or no shortened season.
The Vancouver Canucks wound up losing to the San Jose Sharks in a shootout on Tuesday night, yet it's nearly impossible to fault the process that they put forth. They should have won this game, and if they continue to play like this, more often than not they will.
Read on Past the Jump for the Scoring Chance Data, and Analysis.
March 05 2013 06:43PM
Biesellent is such dad humour.
Via Sealcat, who else?
Today at our humble old Canucks blog we guffawed at some funny photos of Zack Kassian, tried our best (and mostly failed) to figure out whether or not Nicklas Jensen was AHL eligible following his successful season in the Swedish Elite League, laughed at the ineptitude of the Northwest Division and previewed tonight's contest between the Canucks and the Sharks.
Lots of other Canucks news happened too (okay, not lots but some!) and we'll recap it after the jump.
March 05 2013 03:27PM
The Canucks need to figure out a way to beat Antti Niemi, which has been easier said than done this season.
The Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks come into Tuesday night's game bearing some serious similarities, even if their respectives paths in getting there have been different. They have nearly identical records, their underlying numbers are comparable, and come playoff time, I think they've both got a legitimate shot to make a run.
This will mark their first meeting since January 27th - only the 5th contest of the early season for the Canucks - when the Sharks took care of business with a score of 4-1. Yet just like these two teams, that game was close; much closer than the score would indicate. Despite a dreadful start and some terrible shooting luck, the Canucks were in it until some dumb penalties ultimately derailed their efforts.
Read on Past the Jump for More on the Game.