February 21 2012 10:33PM
Luongo robs Shea Weber on a breakaway in a losing effort.
Photo Credit: John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images
Coming into tonight's game, the Canucks were on a 13 game point streak dating back to mid-January. Tonight, they controlled the game for forty minutes, but were unable to beat all-universe goaltender Pekka Rinne and saw their point streak snapped.
For much of their recent streak, the Canucks played uninspired hockey yet repeatedly managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. In tonight's contest, the Predators built their lead over a forty minute stretch in which the Canucks dominated possession and comfortably out-chanced their opponents. In the third, with the Canucks requiring a goal to even proceedings - the Predators completely took over and suffocated the Canucks. Nashville's club eventually sealed the win on a late David Legwand goal, which, put the Predators up by two with just under three minutes remaining in the game.
Click past the jump for a thorough recap, chance data and your statistical three stars and goats!
February 21 2012 02:53PM
Beloved former Canuck Matthias Ohlund (pictured above with Naslund and the Sedins) will go under the knife on Thursday.
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February 21 2012 01:27PM
Alain Vigneault's extreme situational deployment strategies have been a hot topic among hockey stats nerds this season. The topic even went mainstream this weekend when Malhotra's O-zone start rate was mentioned by Elliotte Friedman on Hockey Night in Canada during Saturday evening's game.
I'm of the opinion that zone-starts have a major impact on a skaters point production and possession stats. In my view, they also tell us a lot about which skaters a coach thinks are his team's best at either end of the ice. Most people wouldn't dispute any of the above, but David Johnson of hockeyanalysis.com isn't most people.
Read on past the break.
February 21 2012 11:05AM
More lopsided trades please (image via thestanchion).
Show me the hockey fan who doesn't love hockey-trades - and I'll show you a liar. With that in mind, Canucks Army will be bringing you an exhaustive trade deadline preview from now through Friday. We'll look into Canucks deadline history, drool over unicorns, and circle menacingly over the cellar-dwelling carcasses of the "sure-fire sellers" at the 2012 trade deadline. Today, however, we'll start our trade deadline preview series with some yeoman's work: a thorough inventory of Canucks needs, assets, possible strategy and cap-space. What should the Canucks look to add, what chips do they have to play with, how much cap-space do they really possess and how much risk should the Canucks take at the deadline?
All that and more, just click past the jump!
February 21 2012 09:20AM
Super dreamy Alex Edler scores the shootout winner against Pekka Rinne in their last game in Nashville.
It's safe to say that Canucks fans have had enough of the shootout though.
(Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #60 - Canucks @ Predators
I'm sure the stat-nerds would love to tell you that the Nashville Predators, based on their awful possession numbers, are outstaying their welcome in the hunt for home-ice advantage. But the fact remains that the Preds have already functionally guaranteed themselves a playoff spot, and are a legit powerhouse in the Western Conference. They score goals, they have an enviable defence and one of the best goalies in the league. While it seems like it should be a given to simply write off the Predators, they're a leading team in the West, playing in an insanely tough division.
And the Vancouver Canucks should be worried about tonight's game, because the Preds have proven that they are legit.