He Puzzled And He Puzzed

JP Nikota
January 27 2012 01:36AM

How many times have you been watching your team carry a lead, only to have the commentators announce that the opposing team has scored most of their goals in a later period? Listen, I get it; the talking heads on TV have to maintain a certain level of suspense. They can't very well say "It's looking pretty unlikely that this game takes a turn for the interesting." And although I love mythbusting when it comes to hockey, I will concede that sometimes narratives are more fun to build than reasonable arguments.

But, as any of you who are familiar with my work will already know full well, I'm never content to accept in-game narratives without some kind of verification. 

So what about teams that score more goals in the third period than any other? Are they successful? What about those teams that score most often early in the first? I took a look at 6 seasons' worth of data to check.

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The Good The Bad and The All Star Break

Marda Miller
January 26 2012 02:59PM

This is a weekly feature that will highlight The Good, The Bad and The *fill in the blank* exciting things that are currently happening in the NHL. Does Christian Ehrhoff miss playing for a good hockey team? Will the Minnesota Wild make it to the playoffs? When will Alex Burrows finally breakdown and decide to start a twitter account? Or why is hockey so wonderful, and yet becomes totally insufferable when it's mixed in with politics? All this and more, after the jump!

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Kevin Connauton's Big Leap Forward

Jeff Angus
January 26 2012 02:40PM

Connauton and his partner Chris Tanev celebrate a Chicago Wolves goal via Chris Jerina.

Sorry I didn't have any fresh content last week, I was half way through a take on Chris Tanev's long-term upside when some persona issues came up and I never got the time to finish it.

Tanev’s recall from Chicago came after I had started my piece, and there were quickly numerous other bloggers and writers who offered their thoughts, and insights on him. Thomas Drance wrote a really good piece on Tanev (and at the same time referenced my favourite Schwarzenegger movie - Total Recalled), and I wouldn’t disagree with any of his opinions on Tanev’s short term upside with the club. This week, I’ve decided to shift my focus across the rink to Tanev’s defensive partner with Chicago, the dynamic Kevin Connauton. Connauton has gone from borderline NHL prospect (even after his dominant season with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants) to a legitimate top-four defenseman prospect. Let's take a look at Connauton's big step forward this season...

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This Week in Canucks Tweets

John Cullen
January 26 2012 11:53AM

Hey everyone, welcome to the newest feature at Canucks Army, This week in Canucks 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 @cullenthecomic!

Congratulations on your womanhood, Meg! If going to a Canucks game is what makes you a woman, then that explains what happened to Thomas Drance that one time...

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Wolves cruise into Abby, mostly cruise to a win

Patrick Johnston
January 25 2012 04:59PM

With the Wolves boxing out like this, it's no surprise the Heat had a such a struggle getting to the net
(Photo: Jesse Winter)

Switching up the lines in an old coaching tactic, and sometimes it actually works. Tuesday night in Abbotsford was one of those nights, as Wolves coach Craig MacTavish split up groupings of players he'd been leaning on all season. The new combinations he found worked to great effect in a 3-2 win for the Chicago Wolves over the hometown Abbotsford Heat.

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