Canucks Keep Wild Times Going, Stretch Streak to 6: Recap and Chance Data

Dimitri Filipovic
February 13 2013 12:12AM

A physical affair broke out on Tuesday night, but Mason Raymond was up to it.
Photo Credit: Jonathan Hayward/AP

On Tuesday night, the Vancouver Canucks went on to win their 6th game in a row thanks to a 2-1 defeat of Minnesota's professional hockey team. Ironically enough, this game was anything but "wild", despite what the title may imply. Sometimes you need to skew the facts in order to incorporate a good pun. At least that's what Thomas Drance taught me my first day on the job. Plus, it really all depends on your perspective; for example, I think Bryan Reynolds thought this was a heck of a game.

Regardless, a win is a win. All of 'em count the same at the end of the day. And I'm sure that the Canucks will gladly take yet another 2 points against a Northwest Division rival.

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Afternoon Headshots: February 12th

Thomas Drance
February 12 2013 03:47PM

Luongo and Schneider compete in the hardest shot competition at Superskills.
Image via Clay Imoo

Jordan Bowman wants Jordan Schroeder to get a new number to replace the #45 Canucks sweater he's been wearing so far this season. He suggests that Jordan Schroeder should wear the number 18, which is what the diminutive centreman has worn as a Chicago Wolves forward the past couple of years. In college and for Team USA at the World Junior Championships, however, Schroeder wore the number 19. He can't wear the #19 on the Canucks for obvious reasons, so I think he should wait to make the team on a full-time basis and then go with the reciprocal and sport the number 91. [Legion of Blog]

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Strombabble: "You'd Be Surprised About the Number of Teams That Have Inquired About Our Goalies"

Thomas Drance
February 12 2013 12:41PM

On Tuesday it was announced that Rogers Sportsnet and the Canucks have agreed to a mammoth, ten year extension of their multi-platform broadcast agreement (you can read the press release from Sportsnet here). To talk about the deal and provide grist for the mill, Mike Gillis appeared on the HockeyCentral radio and television program with Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean and discussed, among other things: John Garrett's fondness for chicken wings, the evolution of Roberto Luongo, compliance buyouts and of course: the Canucks' goaltending situation.

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Game #12 Preview: Wild @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
February 12 2013 10:27AM

Max Lapierre and the Canucks had their way with the Wild in their last meeting. They look to do the same on Tuesday night.

"Tune in to TSN on Tuesday night, as Zack Kassian goes toe-to-toe with Zach Parise!"

"Tune in to TSN on Tuesday night to see how many times Minnesota Wild fans can vomit when reminded of Cam Barker's existence!"

"Tune in to TSN on Tuesday night to see how many different ways the Minnesota Wild can light $196 million on fire!"

Only two of those three were fabricated by yours truly, I swear. I'll let you guys guess what's real and what's not. Anyways, the Canucks meet the Wild for the second time in five days, and it'll require some creativity to get yourself (and others) riled up for this one. But we'll try.

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Other Teams are catching up to the Canucks on "zone matching"

Cam Charron
February 12 2013 08:08AM

Harry How, Getty Images

Last night I was reading Thomas Drance's bit on Manny Malhotra's matchups, and it got me thinking about what Malhotra's role is with the Canucks right now. David Johnson pointed out in a piece over at his indispensable website HockeyAnalysis that while Malhotra gets a lot of defensive zone face-offs, he gets them against very weak competition.

That much is true, and Malhotra, as much as I'd love to say differently because I absolutely love the guy, hasn't been very good since coming back from that eye injury sustained in the first year of his three-year deal. That's a shame because since then, the third line centre spot in Vancouver has been open to all comers meanwhile Malhotra has the distinction of being the highest paid fourth line centreman in the league.

This is the basis of Johnson's point:

Using a rigid zone start system like the Vancouver Canucks do actually makes it easier for opposing teams to line match on the road as they know who you are likely to be putting on the ice depending on where the face off is. If the San Jose Sharks want to avoid a Thornton against Malhotra matchup, just don’t start Thornton in the offensive zone.

I call it "zone matching", by the way, the process of setting up your players in certain zones on the ice. I can see it being effective in road games where you don't get the last change—while Johnson is right in that it makes your lineup and deployments more predictable, it also allows a road coach to control a situation. Read on past the jump.

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