The 4th Hangover of 2013-14

Even David Booth thinks that Chris Higgins can’t catch a break. (Image via Jeff McIntosh)

In case you missed it last night, the Canucks won their third game in a row (and second consecutive game in overtime) when they beat the New Jersey Devils by a score of 3-2. While large chunks of the game were fairly evenly played, it was a dominant 2nd period showing, and some fortunate breaks, that propelled the Canucks to victory on Tuesday night.

Read on past the jump for the scoring chance totals, and a few other numbers-based thoughts.

The Numbers:

*Keep in mind that everything obviously needs to be taken with a grain of salt considering that 4 games is a very small sample size. There will surely be noise in the data, but for now, all we can do is analyze what we have to work with.

I touched on this in The Hangover from Sunday night’s game against the Flames, but Chris Higgins is having a fantastic start to what’s looking like a potential bounceback season. Him and Ryan Kesler (along with either David Booth or Jannik Hansen, for the most part) are only starting somewhere around 35% of their shifts in the offensive zone, playing against tough competition, but still managing to drive play for the Canucks. On this platform, we’ve made a lot of David Booth’s unfortunate shooting % luck since coming to Vancouver. At least Booth has a goal to his name this year (even if it did come off of a tipped shot)..

Through 4 games, Higgins has registered 16 shots on goal, and at least 8 scoring chances of his own (we didn’t record chances for last Saturday’s game against Edmonton, so I’m not really sure what he managed in that regard), yet still hasn’t managed to find the back of the net. It’s obviously not for a lack of trying, though, as I can specifically remember a handful of glorious chances. If he keeps playing this well, it’ll happen eventually. For whatever it’s worth he’s a 10.4% shooter for his career in 527 regular season games.

His linemate Ryan Kesler has also only managed 1 goal on 14 shots, which’ll improve, but I’m feeling really good about my opinion on him being a 23-26 goal guy (rather than in the 30’s like a lot of people who were drinking the preseason ‘Ryan Kesler is healthy and motivated!11!!1’ kool aid thought). He has only really had 1 good game so far, but even when he starts playing better, there’s no way he scores as many goals as some people expected from him given the two-way role he has to fill on this team as its currently constructed. Sorry. 

Keeping in mind that 2 of the 4 games have gone into overtime thus far, it’s still cool to see that Daniel Sedin is averaging 21:36 of ice-time per game, while Henrik is at 20:56. Daniel’s career high was 19:08 in ’09-’10, and Henrik’s was 19:41 the following season. I’m a big fan of letting your best players play, and they’ve rewarded John Tortorella with 12 combined points. Those ice-time totals will surely come down a bit as the season progresses, but for now, the Canucks need every single bit of it from them. 

One final thing related to the Sedins: do you think that Mike Santorelli leaves love notes in their lockers?

(All of the stats cited here were from either ExtraSkater or Behind The Net).

Scoring Chance Totals:

Total 1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period OT Total
Devils (EV) 5 (5) 0 (0) 4 (3) 0 (0) 9 (8)
Canucks (EV) 2 (2) 8 (8) 4 (3) 0 (0) 14 (13)

Individual Scoring Chance Contributions:

Chance Contributions Taken Created Total
Henrik Sedin 2 1 3
Mike Santorelli 2 1 3
Chris Higgins 2 0 2
David Booth 2 0 2
Ryan Kesler 1 1 2
Alex Edler 1 1 2
Daniel Sedin 0 2 2
Jannik Hansen 1 0 1
Dale Weise 1 0 1
Kevin Bieksa 1 0 1
Brad Richardson 1 0 1

Individual Scoring Chance Differential:

Player EV F – A PP F – A SH F – A Total F – A
Henrik Sedin 5-3 1-0 0-0 6-3
Daniel Sedin 5-6 1-0 0-0 6-6
Yannick Weber 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Ryan Kesler 4-4 1-0 0-1 5-5
Jannik Hansen 3-2 0-0 0-1 3-3
Chris Higgins 4-2 0-0 0-0 4-2
David Booth 5-1 0-0 0-0 5-1
Mike Santorelli 4-3 0-0 0-0 4-3
Brad Richardson 4-1 0-0 0-0 4-1
Zac Dalpe 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Tom Sestito 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Dale Weise 2-3 0-0 0-0 2-3
Jason Garrison 6-5 1-0 0-0 7-5
Alex Edler 5-5 1-0 0-0 6-5
Dan Hamhuis 5-4 0-0 0-1 5-5
Kevin Bieksa 4-1 0-0 0-0 4-1
Chris Tanev 3-1 0-0 0-1 3-2
Ryan Stanton 3-0 0-0 0-0 3-0
  • Graphic Comments

    This may be a testament to the Kovalchukless NJ offense, but I’m am shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you that the Edler/Bieksa pairing was not a complete disaster last night.

  • andyg

    Torts isn’t giving the Sedins their zone starts so far. Hasn’t affected their scoring yet. Unreasonable to expect significant secondary scoring if the rest of the team is starting in their own end anyway.

    What’s happened to Dalpe? Sounded like a younger Ebbett when he came. Figured he’d make the top 9 ahead of Weise.

  • argoleas

    Good stuff guys, thanks for the #’s.

    MAybe you guys at Canucks Army can help explain why Tanev is getting smaller TOI than Freaking Ryan Stanton (who ever that is). Like 12 TOI in last nights game? Are they drunk? Is the D – coach higher than a kite? They are not giving him high TOI. IF this continues, why have the best 5th d-man in the league on your team if you don’t use him? Seriously. It’s stupid. You want the puck, then you want Tanev on the ice. AmIrite?

    • argoleas

      So that’s why the Canucks have been letting in so many goals, Tanev isn’t playing enough.

      They better give him 20-30 minutes a night quick, or this season is as good as done.

  • argoleas

    It’s time to trade Kesler. He hasn’t done anything since the Nashville series when they ran to the finals. He’s getting piad way too much for doing way too little lately. Trade the guy before he gets injured again and his another sub par season.

  • TanevistheMan-ev

    @Dimitri Filipovic

    What’s the deal with Ryan Stanton? Heading into the season he sounded like another Alberts, but so far from what I’ve seen he’s been dependable and solid. Any idea what the coaches are saying about this guy?