Are blocked shots really valuable?

Cam Charron
March 31 2012 11:51AM

If you're going to quote blocked shots in analysis, make damn sure that you're looking at an overall percentage of shot attempts blocked rather than the raw number of blocked shots.

And even then, it still may not matter.

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Game #78 Preview - Going for it!

Thomas Drance
March 31 2012 11:45AM

There was a time, not too long ago, when the continued mediocrity of the Calgary Flames would have brought me great joy. With a generational talent in Jarome Iginla wasting the twilight of his career on a club poised to finish tenth in the West in perpetuity, it now just makes me sad. 

The Flames decided - yet again - to "go for it" (it being the postseason) this year, despite having a relatively barren cupboard of prospects and absolutely zero shot of making any noise once they got there. To the surprise of no one, they now sit three points out of 8th with only four games remaining. They're not good enough to make the playoffs, and not bad enough to enjoy the full benefits of their suckiness. Who knew there were Flames in purgatory?

To make matters worse, the Flames roster is so well laden with knaves  possessing no-movement clauses that it recalls the Nights Watch who man the great Wall of Westeros. Rebuilding this Flames club is going to be a long-march through the desert, so I understand why they're reluctant to make that choice (I understand it, but still think it's stupid) -  but why must they be so determined to ensure that Jarome Iginla never hoists a Stanley Cup? It just seems cruel.

A more thorough recap of tonight's game, underlying numbers for both clubs and the three keys after the jump.

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Star Burned: Recapping the Canucks 5-2 win over Dallas

Cam Charron
March 30 2012 11:28PM

(Jeff Vinnick - Getty)

The Vancouver Canucks took it easy on their fans' nails tonight, potting five past the opposing goaltenders and playing a very effective high-event game for a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars, significantly impacting their Texan rivals' playoff hopes. The Canucks got goals from Chris Higgins, Sami Salo, Andrew Alberts (!), Alex Burrows and Maxim Lapierre and Cory Schneider was strong in the Canuck net, with another quality start and some terrific saves when the game was in its infant stages.

For a full recap, analysis, scoring chances, the Statistical Three Stars and Goats, and all that fun stuff, click past the jump.

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Chicago Wolves Gamer - Recap and (some) data

Patrick Johnston
March 30 2012 03:28PM

A pretty good day at the office for Jordan Schroeder.
(Photo: Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)

The Wolves roamed into Abbotsford on Thursday and accomplished something they'd been unable to do all season - grab a come-from-behind 3rd period win.

Jordan Schroeder led the way for Chicago with a pair of 2nd period goals, just 25 seconds apart, that put the Wolves into the lead. Playing in front of all the Canucks' brass, the young Minnesotan was named the game's first star.
More, including chance data, after the jump!

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Game #78 Preview - Enough Already

Cam Davie
March 30 2012 11:38AM

Seriously Ribeiro? Get that weak garbage out of here.

Game Day Recon: Game #78 - Stars @ Canucks

OMG! Enough of the Dallas Stars already!! After going over a year without playing one another, the Canucks and Stars face off for the fourth time in less than five weeks.

And with the Stars and Canucks playing fairly uninspired hockey against one another, we're pretty much done with the two teams playing each other. Which only means only thing.... it's therefore inevitable that they meet again in this year's playoffs. Sigh.

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