Henrik Sedin Might Never Take Another Defensive Zone Faceoff

Jonathan Willis
March 04 2012 01:35PM

It probably shouldn’t have been a huge surprise when the Canucks acquired Samuel Pahlsson. Pahlsson has long been one of the league’s truly elite defensive zone specialists, and no team matches given lines to given zones like the Vancouver Canucks.

It also shouldn’t be a surprise to note that instead of having one line take all the defensive zone draws, Alain Vigneault has responded to the addition of Pahlsson by giving almost all of the defensive zone draws to two lines.

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Sabremetrics - Canucks lose 5-3 to Buffalo

Cam Charron
March 03 2012 11:12PM

In the games only bright spot: Zack Kassian didn't look out of place on the 2nd line.


Roberto Luongo had an awful start to this one, not bailing out the defense that had a shaky start as well, allowing five scoring chances in a little over five minutes. Ville Leino came out of the game swinging and potted a pair in the first four minutes and Brad Boyes got the clincher, a goal that wasn't counted initially.

David Booth scored a pair and Zack Kassian scored one against his former team to make the score close late, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, as they say. Canucks drop the second game on this extended home stand.

The recap tonight won't be too long, but we'll still have the Canucks Army staples: Scoring Chances, the Statistical Three Stars, and, appropriately, the Statistical Three Goats.

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Nation Radio - March 3, 2012

March 03 2012 05:33PM



Sometimes we go for a much wider view here on OilersNation Radio. We invite guests who write about other teams and players from around the league. We think it makes us seem somehow more refined, more cosmopolitan...

Not this week baby. It's pretty much all Edmonton, all the time. Allan talks with a numbers of influencial Edmonton bloggers on a variety of topics including advanced stats, Ales Hemsy and the recent Gilbert trade.

This is Nation Radio.

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Comparing trades is like comparing snowflakes

Patrick Johnston
March 03 2012 01:39PM

So the next great Linden is gone. The boy named after salmon is no more. Cue the next cliche.

Comparisons get made all the time, and two have already emerged - the Cam Neely trade and the Markus Naslund trade. But is either really a good comparison?

On Friday, Jonathan Willis had a look at the Naslund trade and showed us why every trade is like a snowflake. Trying to find patterns is good, but they aren't always there. Let's take a look at another trade which some might want to compare to Zack Kassian for Cody Hodgson.

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Pavel Bure on Sochi, Putin and how the KHL stacks up against the NHL.

Andrey Osadchenko
March 03 2012 12:31PM

The Russian Rocket (pictured left) celebrates a goal with Fetisov, Kasatonov and Mogilny
The friendly game was played to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Summit Series.

Canucks legend Pavel Bure has recently participated in another friendly game. Last time he put the skates on was in November and he was playing alongside with Russia’s prime-minister Vladimir Putin. This time the Russian Rocket played for Team Russia against Team World All-Stars in a game dedicated to the 1972 Summit Series. Russia won 7:5 and Bure scored a hat-trick.

After the game he spoke to Andrey Kuznetsov of Sport-Express. This is a translated version of that conversation.

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