Game 16 Preview: Canucks @ Stars

Jeff Angus
February 21 2013 01:06PM


Ryan Kesler and the Canucks are in Big D tonight to take on Cody Eakin and the Dallas Stars. Dallas got the best of Vancouver last Friday night, defeating the Canucks 4-3 at Rogers Arena. It marked the first time that the Canucks had lost a game at home after leading through 40 minutes since October 2009. 

Cristopher Nilstorp is getting the start for Dallas tonight, as Kari Lehtonen remains sidelined with a groin injury. Cory Schneider will get the call for the Canucks - his second consecutive start after stealing Vancouver a point in Chicago on Tuesday evening.

Read on for a preview of tonight's action.

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On Garrison's Demotion and why it's Premature to Abandon the "Edler on the Right Side" Experiment

Thomas Drance
February 21 2013 09:59AM

For Jason Garrison, this defensive coverage is the hockey equivalent of being "posterized."
Photo Credit: Charles Rex Arbogast, AP

Following Tuesday night's defensive debacle at the Mad-House, Alain Vigneault and Rick Bowness have re-jigged Vancouver's defensive pairings ahead of Thursday night's game against the Dallas Stars. In particular, it appears that free-agent signing Jason Garrison - who has had a rough start to his Canucks tenure - has been demoted to the "third-pairing" (note the scare quotes) alongside Keith Ballard, while Vancouver's usual "ace" shutdown pairing of Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa have found themselves reunited. Meanwhile fancy-stats darling Chris Tanev will suit up alongside Alex Edler on a slick pairing that, one presumes, will caddy the Sedin twins a fair bit.

Let's look into what's going on with Vancouver's defense through 14 games this season, and try to determine the logic behind Vancouver's new defensive deployments. Click past the jump.

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Evening Headshots - February 20th

Patrick Johnston
February 20 2013 10:24PM

You don't play? You bike!

Somewhat delayed today folks - got caught up earlier and Drance is still trekking home. But never fear, here's some fun late-evening reading for you...

And no, it's not all about Jannik Hansen.

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Jannik Hansen teaches us how we see what we want to believe

Patrick Johnston
February 20 2013 04:20PM

So what did Jannik Hansen do?

What did you see?

And are you being rational?

Thoughts about cognitive bias and our reaction to controversial events, after the jump.

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Improbable Comeback Against Hawks Comes To Halt in Skills Competition: Recap and Chance Data

Dimitri Filipovic
February 19 2013 11:30PM

It'll get lost in the shuffle, but Cory Schneider's performance (despite the loss) was worth talking about.

The Vancouver Canucks started off their four game road trip by taking an undeserved point from the Chicago Blackhawks, before ultimately losing in the glorified skills competition that is the shootout. 

I watched this game from start to finish - in fact, I watched many sequences more than once as part of the chance counting process - and I can't quite figure out how the Canucks managed to steal that point. Well, that's a lie, because I can; it was thanks to the Cory Schneider show. Let's just say that the members of the team's defense owe their 'tender a few rounds after this one (I'm sure Patty Kane can throw a recommendation for a good hangout spot their way).

Read on Past the Jump for Scoring Chance Data, and Analysis.

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