Early Season Notes on Player Usage

Dimitri Filipovic
October 16 2013 12:56PM

Fewer offensive zone starts for the Sedins? No problem. (Image via Rich Lam )

We're 7 games into the 2013-14 regular season (meaning ~9% of the way through), which means that it's still super early and everything needs to be taken with a grain of salt. In the early going, we've made a concerted effort of focusing on game coverage, and news as it relates to Canucks, rather than any sort of in-depth analytical analysis. The reason for that is because of the ridiculously small sample size; there is so much noise in the numbers, and one particularly good or bad game will skew things far too heavily. 

Once we get past the 10-game mark we'll probably begin to put more stock into the data we have from this season (which will include the highly anticipated zone entry data that we've been having tracked for each game). There's no right or wrong answer for when things will begin to settle in, and give a truer indication of play, so we'll play it by ear. If you'd like to take advantage of that and get drunk, you should take a drink everytime you see someone use the term "unsustainable". You know, like all that talk about Dan Hamhuis' poor luck.

With all that being said, I did want to give a plug to Rob Vollman (who has done projections for us in the past), who recently updated the invaluable Player Usage Charts for which he has become known for. If you're not familiar with Rob, he released a fantastic book this summer that I'd highly recommend to anyone and everyone. 

Read on past the jump for a look at the Player Usage Charts for the Canucks through 6 games (the charts unfortunately haven't been updated since the game against the Flyers on Tuesday night).

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Canucks Postgame: Get off of my back you scary monkey!

Dimitri Filipovic
October 15 2013 08:30PM

Chris Higgins can't help but smile tonight. (Image via Jeff Vinnick )

As the Vancouver Canucks went into Philadelphia to take on the Flyers on Tuesday evening, all the talk around here was about percentages, unsustainably bad luck, and being long overdue. All of that held particularly true for Chris Higgins, Ryan Kesler, and Dan Hamhuis, who have been having their play called into question because of things that tend to happen over the course of an 82-game season. Unfortunately for them, it came at the start of the season with the team struggling against good competition.

Some of that will surely die down after Thursday night's win, as the Canucks kicked off their 7-game road trip with a much needed two points thanks to a late flurry, line juggling, and some fortunate bounces.

Read on past the jump for a quick recap of the game.

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Canucks Army GDT #7 - Canucks @ Flyers

Dimitri Filipovic
October 15 2013 01:29PM

Paul Holmgren makes the NHL a funner place.

The Canucks have embarked on their 7 game road trip, which kicks off tonight in the city of Brotherly Love. Thus far this season they've done a good job of taking care of business against subpar teams, but have had some serious trouble with teams that are, you know, competent.

Fortunately for them the Flyers, with a 1-5 record on the year, are an absolute mess at the moment. They replaced their coach last week, squeeked out their only win of the season thus far against the lowly Panthers, and then promptly lost 2 in a row (including a walloping at the hands of the Red Wings). They're missing 2 of their top 6 forwards, Luke Schenn is on their top defensive pairing, and their starting goaltender is Steve Mason. Just remember that when you complain as a Canucks fan..

Considering the way their last 2 games have gone, and what lies ahead on this upcoming road trip, getting back on track in this one would be awfully nice.

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Thoughts on the Canucks disastrous 3-3 start

Cam Charron
October 15 2013 01:06PM

There really isn't enough data for us to analyze the Vancouver Canucks season on any level yet, but there seems to be an awful lot of malaise and faux-negativity for the first team since 2009 to record three wins in the first six games:

2014 - 3-3-0
2013 - 2-2-2
2012 - 2-3-1
2011 - 2-3-1
2010 - 2-4-0
2009 - 3-3-0

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This Week Straight Up: Oct 14 - 20

Thomas Drance
October 15 2013 10:34AM

Obviously we at CanucksArmy are big supporters of sports betting, in part because we buy into the Nate Silver theory that putting your money where your prediction is will help improve the aggregate accuracy of forecasting. So this is a natural fit for us. That said, make sure to gamble for fun (or for bragging rights), not to make money. From all of us at CanucksArmy and PlayNow: a gentle reminder to use your game sense!

Read past the jump for special offers to CanucksArmy.com readers from PlayNow Sports, and a preview of this upcoming week of Canucks hockey.

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