November 06 2011 10:05AM
There has been a lot of talk in Vancouver recently about goaltenders and whether Roberto Luongo is the right guy to carry this team. But early in the season, this is a narrative that carries across many hockey markets, and, valid or not, the play of a goaltender is one that dominates headlines as the goalie is the most important player on the team. Here are three goalie controversies that bear slightly more weight than the Luongo/Cory Schneider discussions, and may have stronger
repurcussions repercussions as well.
November 06 2011 09:41AM
1.) Dan Carcillo
Oh Dan. Dan Dan Dan. For those of you who aren’t aware, Dan has leapt into the Vancouver Chicago rivalry with the enthusiasm of George Lucas trying to replace his friends with 3D computer models. Let’s take a quick recap of Dan’s thoughts on the Canucks. First, we have his latest tweet:
November 05 2011 02:05PM
Which former Habs were winners during their Canucks tenures?
And which ones were lugers?
Image courtesy, who else, @mhenderson95
Chris Higgins and Maxim Lapierre have been the two most consistent forwards for the Canucks this season (looking less and less like any sort of accomplishment with each passing game, though). Both former Habs experienced a similar falling out in Montreal. Higgins came under scrutiny from the large media base for a lack of consistency on the ice and some partying-related issues off the ice, while Lapierre was struggling to convert to the right wing, and his requests for more ice time fell on deaf ears. The two bounced around a bit (Higgins with Florida and Calgary, Lapierre with Anaheim) before finding a new home in Vancouver.
November 05 2011 01:44PM
Manny Malhotra hasn't had much luck this year.
A year ago this weekend, the Canucks were flying. They'd won six in a row. They'd just beaten the Red Wings 6-4 on Hockey Night in Canada. Manny Malhotra had three (!!) points. Their record was 8-3-2.
Last night the Canucks lost their second straight game. The Canucks are wow 6-7-1.
What the heck has changed? Last year, this was a lineup that was praised as being nearly flawless from top to bottom. Their defensive depth was widely praised. This year's lineup is nearly the same; comparison time!
November 05 2011 12:15PM
There are numbers for everything in sports.
Luck? Sign me up.
I got into a bit of a discussion on Twitter with another competitor in the Province's #ReplaceTheKB competition last night about the play of Kevin Bieksa. Bieksa, I'm sure you're all aware, is a team-low minus-9, has yet to score a goal, and has been on the ice for 21 goals against so far through just 14 games.
May I suggest to you that Bieksa is going through an unlucky streak. This is something that we can quantify with something called PDO. What is PDO? Follow me after the jump.