Somehow, Schneider

Cam Charron
January 11 2012 12:54PM

I was going to write a pretty long post today about Cory Schneider's regression to the mean. I think he's been pretty lax on a couple of straight starts and hasn't looked like he's been pulling his weight as much as he did during that stretch at the end of November and his numbers are finally returning to his career average.

So I looked into it, under the assumption that Schneider hadn't put up a quality start in three starts. For those who are unawares still, a quality start is a Hockey Prospectus statistic that counts whether or not a goaltender played well enough to allow his team to win: to earn a quality start, a goalie must stop 91.3% of shots in a single game, or stop 88.5% of shots while allowing two or fewer.

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24/7: A Bit Off, But Still Great.

John Cullen
January 11 2012 11:50AM

I have to admit, I had almost forgotten how much I love HBO 24/7. The show was appointment television upon its debut last year, and the Penguins and Capitals did not disappoint. This year lacked a bit of the sheen because that initial excitement of “ohmygodtheplayersareSWEARINGandtheyreallydohateeachotherandwaitaminu teisthatbbqsauceonbruceboudreausface” wore off, but it was still a pretty amazing installment of TV that was tough not to enjoy. Let’s take a look at the good and bad from the second season of 24/7, featuring the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.

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Canucks Get Thunderstruck, Survive

Thomas Drance
January 11 2012 10:01AM

It was the second game of a back-to-back and the team's 9th game in the last 16 days, and did it ever show. The Canucks needed a cheapish shootout goal to escape Tampa Bay with two points, despite the fact that the Lightning thoroughly dominated proceedings on Tuesday. The Canucks were pummeled at even-strength, and surrendered 25! total chances to last season's Eastern Conference bridesmaid.

Luckily for Vancouver, they had Cory Schneider in net and he had a terrific game despite the four goals allowed. In fact the play of Schneider, contrasted with the less than stellar performance of Dwayne Roloson for Tampa, allowed the Canucks to snatch two points from the jaws of defeat.

A more thorough recap, the statistical three stars and scoring chance data after the jump.

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Does the Momentum Boost From Fighting Help Teams Win Games?

Jonathan Willis
January 11 2012 02:40AM

It’s a scene anyone who watches NHL hockey has seen: two players squaring off, dropping the gloves, and going at it. One player might dominate the other, the two players might draw more or less even, but after the fight the teams will generally get back to playing 5-on-5 hockey (barring an instigator penalty to one player.)

Usually, one team will come out playing better after the fight. And usually, the commentator that evening will make a point of mentioning that Player X’s big fight win and/or willingness to go toe-to-toe with a beast like Player Y has given his team momentum.

Is there any truth to that story?

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Shawn Thornton Tells Folk Tales, Rips Tony Gallagher

Thomas Drance
January 10 2012 11:50PM

I'm writing this just after 1:30 AM EST, so it has now been roughly 81 hours since the conclusion of the Canucks dramatic 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon. Yet still, in the Boston or the Vancouver markets, that game and these two teams are all anyone seems able to talk about. The media, the fan-bases, the management, the players - they all hate each other. The Bruins have called out Shanahan, they've made Bertuzzi references, while the Canucks have mocked the Bruins' intelligence and made some vague threats about "getting back" at Marchand at some undefined time in the future. It's all very dramatic.

To that end, the video embedded above is possibly the best piece of "CANUCKS BRUINS RIVALRY OMG" media that's been produced to date. Basically Tony Gallagher joined Shawn Thornton and some Boston homer media host to discuss the Dale Weise non-fight, among other unresolved issues from Saturday's contest. Here are some highlights:

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