Shootout Math: Applications of QualCLUTCH

Cam Charron
February 09 2012 07:18AM

Alex Edler upsets the ladies with his shootout prowess.

You've probably noticed but four of the last five games the Vancouver Canucks have played have been settled in a shootout. This isn't necessarily horrible, at least the home team has been picking up points. They're also giving us more to fret about over the last week or so than any discussion about obnoxious tie games and how they're ruining hockey, so there's that too.

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Headshots February 8th

Cam Davie
February 08 2012 03:01PM

You gotta feel good for Byron Bitz after two hellish years of surgery and recovery.
You gotta feel bad for the "professional" photog who took this picture. Seriously, centre the damn thing!
(Photo from AP Photo/Mike Strasinger)

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail Thom at

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Canucks Week in Tweets - Feb. 8th

John Cullen
February 08 2012 11:24AM

Hey everyone, welcome to "The #Canucks Week in Tweets!" Every week, I plan on bringing you the best of the Canucks on Twitter, from the reasonable to the totally ridiculous (okay, mostly ridiculous)! If you see a tweet you think should be featured here, get in touch with me at @cullenthecomic!

Are we ever going to get over this? He’s an elite goalie. The game in question? Yeah, he basically got us a point in that one. And someone needs to say it: he’s better than Cory Schneider. Schneider is great and I’m stoked we have him, but Luongo is the better goalie at this point in time. So let’s take a minute and all collectively get over this, shall we?

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Usage of the word 'BITZ'

Patrick Johnston
February 08 2012 08:45AM

(Photo: Getty images)

An ode to Byron Bitz, with respect to George Carlin... 

Perhaps one of the most interesting words

in the English language today, is the word BITZ.

Out of all of the English words which begin with the letter B, BITZ is the only word referred to as the "B" word, it's the one magical word.

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Canucks Bitzkrieg Predators: Recap and Chance Data

Thomas Drance
February 07 2012 10:49PM

Bitz and the twins celebrate the Canucks third goal... Wait, the twins and who?

On Tuesday night, the Canucks and the Predators continued a recent trend of playing strange, high-scoring games against each other. The Canucks jumped out to an early lead thanks to a power-play goal from Kesler, followed by goals from Byron Bitz and Daniel Sedin (set up by Byron Bitz just twenty-three seconds after Bitz's goal). We'll now take a brief musical interlude:

"And the man at the back said Everyone attack and it turned into a Byyyron Bitz. And the girl in the corner said Boy, I wanna warn ya, it'll turn into a Byyyron Bitz! Byyyyyyron Bitz."

Anyway, back to our gamer, the Predators got two ugly goals in the second and tied the game up. One of their goals came off of the skate of Sergei Kostitsyn, and the second was a puck that Mike Fisher deflected, Luongo stopped, and then kicked into his own net. It was the sort of goal that the Predators specialize in scoring against Luongo: totally unrepeatable fluke goals that make Vancouver's star goaltender look silly. At least that one wasn't a bank-shot from below the goal line!

In the third period the Canucks finally took over a hockey game for the first time in weeks! They handily out-chanced the Predators in the frame, and while they were unable to solve Rinne, it was nice to see Vancouver's hockey club return to something resembling the form fans of the team are used to. In the shootout Luongo stopped five of six Predators shooters, allowing the Canucks to overcome 2 hit posts (by Hodgson and Daniel Sedin) in the skills competition. The bonus point from tonight's contest puts the team just one game back of the Red Wings for first in the West with one game in hand.

A more detailed recap, chance data and the statistical three stars after the jump!

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