Canucks Steal One From The Kings Thanks to Strong Goaltending, Quick Strike: Recap and Chance Data

The Kings tried to rattle Cory Schneider, but he was in the zone, yet again.

At this point of the season, the Canucks and their fans can’t be overly picky about how the team gets the two points. Given how hotly contested both the Northwest Division and the Western Conference in general are at the moment, all that matters is that they get ’em, any way, any how.

Which is why it’s hard to be overly critical of the Canucks after their performance in Los Angeles, considering they managed to pull one out on Saturday afternoon against the Kings. Despite the fact that they were pretty thoroughly outplayed, Cory Schneider served as the great equalizer.

Read Past the Jump for Analysis, and Scoring Chance Numbers.

The Los Angeles Kings had 20 scoring chances to the Canucks’ 8 in this one, which sounds about right. They dominated possession, and really controlled the action for most of the game. You have to give credit where credit is due – Anze Kopitar is a remarkable player. He pretty much did everything he wanted to in this one, looking super dangerous every time he skated into the offensive zone with the puck. 

Now, even though the Kings had quite a few scoring chances, not very many of them were of the ‘Grade A’ variety. The Canucks did a good job of limiting the damage, and Schneider was up to the task when he needed to be. He has now stopped 85 of the last 88 shots he has faced. Unsurprisingly, the Canucks are 3-0 over that stretch.

The only goal of the game came on a stellar stretch pass from Jordan Schroeder to spring Mason Raymond. He made no mistake coming in on Quick, potting his 8th goal of the season. The speed and skill those two play with (along with Jannik Hansen) has really added an interesting dynamic to the Canucks. I love watching them get up to stuff.

I don’t want to harp on how dreadful the power play looks, because I realize that it’s missing 2 of its most important pieces. I’ll just mention that the team had 3 opportunities, which only generated 2 scoring chances. Both were for the Kings.

Henrik Sedin pulled an anti-Sergei Kostitsyn in the third period. He looked like he was headed for a change, but in the last second realized he had a chance for a 2-on-1, so he took it. The more remarkable thing was that he kept the puck and shot it himself. You’ll be telling your grandkids about that one, one day.

John Shorthouse had himself a game on commentary. He managed to sneak in an Amanda Bynes reference (google it, if you don’t know what I’m talking about), only to have John Garrett kill the moment by having no idea what he was talking about. Later, he sarcastically quipped "there’s nothing annoying about pounding the glass behind the net." I have no idea why the Kings fans seemed determined to keep doing that, personally. Because there’s no way it’s actually rattling the players. Seems like a waste of time, and a potential injured hand waiting to happen.

I apologize to Tom Sestito’s friends, family, and loved ones, but I am having a difficult time trying to figure out exactly what the point of him is? I feel like the Canucks are fortunate not to get scored on every time he is on the ice. Him and the game of hockey don’t get along all that well.

Scoring Chance Data

A chance is counted any time a team directs a shot cleanly on-net from within home-plate. Shots on goal and misses are counted, but blocked shots are not (unless the player who blocks the shot is “acting like a goaltender”). Generally speaking, we are more generous with the boundaries of home-plate if there is dangerous puck movement immediately preceding the scoring chance, or if the scoring chance is screened. If you want to get a visual handle on home-plate, check this image.

Scoring Chance Totals:

  1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Periods Totals
Canucks (EV) 3 (3) 2 (2) 3 (3) 8 (8)
Kings (EV) 7 (7) 6 (4) 7 (7) 20 (18)

Individual Scoring Chance Contributions:

Individual Chances Taken Chances Assisted Chances Total
Mason Raymond 2 0 2
Jannik Hansen 2 0 2
Andrew Ebbett 1 1 2
Keith Ballard 1 1 1
Andrew Alberts 1 0 1
Max Lapierre 1 0 1
Daniel Sedin 0 1 1
Henrik Sedin 0 1 1
Jordan Schroeder 0 1 1

Individual Scoring Chance Differential:

Individual EV F – A PP F – A SH F – A Total F – A
Henrik Sedin 4-5 0-0 0-0 4-5
Daniel Sedin 2-5 0-0 0-2 2-7
Alex Burrows 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-2
Mason Raymond 4-4 0-0 0-2 4-6
Jannik Hansen 3-6 0-0 0-0 3-6
Andrew Ebbett 3-8 0-0 0-0 3-8
Chris Higgins 1-6 0-0 0-2 1-8
Jordan Schroeder 2-4 0-0 0-2 2-6
Andrew Gordon 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Max Lapierre 1-3 0-0 0-0 1-3
Dale Weise 4-9 0-0 0-0 4-9
Tom Sestito 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Dan Hamhuis 1-4 0-0 0-2 1-6
Jason Garrison 1-3 0-0 0-0 1-3
Andrew Alberts 3-9 0-0 0-0 3-9
Kevin Bieksa 3-11 0-0 0-0 3-11
Chris Tanev 4-4 0-0 0-0 4-4
Keith Ballard 4-5 0-0 0-0 4-5
  • I agree about Sestito, if he isn’t going to fight (and therefore provide entertainment value at least), then there isn’t a spot for him in the lineup IMHO.

    The Canucks would have been better served to keep Ballard as a forward, and keep Barker in the lineup.

    But like you said, they won, and that is all that matters.

  • JI123

    Is Raymond-Schroeder-Hansen good enough as a third line going forward? Does the chemistry of that line make it worth resigning Raymond, given we have Jensen coming through and if we traded for a 2C, Kesler’s move to the wing could bump Kassian down too. Or is Schroeder good enough that we don’t need another centre.

    Either way, Sedin, Burrows, Booth, Kassian, Raymond, Higgins, Hansen and potentially Jensen and Kelser is far too many wingers for the top 9. Unlikely Jensen, Kelser or Booth plays on the wing this season, so is it worth trading a couple of wingers for a centre now, or do we wait for the off season.

  • JI123

    Higgins and Booth could be expendable this season or in the off-season, and jensen may move intoo the top nine then, with kesler retaining his center position:
    possible top nine (next season)



  • JI123

    I don’t think that works. If Schroeder is used as 3C, then Kesler has to be the tough minutes guy. So no no Kassian or Jensen on his wings. Needs Booth + Hansen/Higgins. Without the chemistry with Hansen/Raymond, do you give Schroeder a chance with Jensen/Kassian or bring in someone else.

  • Fred-65

    Sesito, IMO does provide a decent fore check and he never lets up when he’s hitting some one. I think his “chat” with Clifford settled that guy down and for a 4th line player doesn’t make to many mistake.

    Now take him out of the line up and God knows what Clifford or others would be up to. Clifford was the guy that put Tanev out for a while with a concussion.

    So it’s as much about what would happen with out him as what is he doing out there I think he helped take away LA big mans game. IMO

    Schroeder played a solid game and that pass was a thing of beauty

      • Fred-65

        To tell you the truth that would be a Pinizotto or Weise match up more than Sestito

        and I guess in a one goal game. And IMO it wasn’t flagrant ie Henrik was covering up the puck it happens all the time.