NHL: Behind The Numbers – The Canucks’ Penalty Kill
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BY THOMAS DRANCE

Over the past several seasons the Canucks’ have relied on their polished, effective special teams units. Its been a key feature of this club’s DNA, and a critical reason they’ve managed to win back-to-back President’s Trophies. Just in terms of their conversion rates, they’ve been a top-ten power-play club for three seasons and a top-ten penalty killing club for the past two.

If you’ve been paying attention you already know that, through 19 games this season, Vancouver’s special teams effectiveness has atrophied in a major way. The […]


NHL: Canucks at Stars Preview
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BY JEFF ANGUS

Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars (+120, 5.5)

The Canucks head into Big D tonight looking for some revenge. The Stars, powered by a late third period tally from defenseman Brenden Dillon, surprised the Canucks for a 4-3 victory last Friday night at Rogers Arena. That game marked the first time in over three years (October 2009) that the Canucks lost a game in regulation at home after leading through two periods.

The Canucks are turning to Cory Schneider tonight, while the Stars will counter with Cristopher Nilstorp. […]


NHL: The Goalie Tandem Is Saving The Canucks
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BY THOMAS DRANCE

Vancouver’s goaltending has helped the club overcome woeful special teams so far.

Through twelve games this season, the Vancouver Canucks have posted an impressive 8-2-2 record and a solid +10 goal differential despite relatively weak special teams and injuries to two of their top-six forwards in David Booth and Ryan Kesler. They’ve managed this feat thanks to a correlation of factors, however, mostly the club can thank their All-Universe goalie tandem of Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo for their lofty perch atop the moribund Northwest Division (Vancouver […]


NHL: Who Wins The Vezina Trophy?
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BY JEFF ANGUS

Henrik Lundqvist, inarguably the best goaltender in hockey, finally captured his first Vezina Trophy last season. The Vezina is awarded to the league’s top goaltender, and Lundqvist beat out Pekka Rinne and Jonathan Quick for the award (although Quick won some more important hardware last year – the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP).

Lundqvist is a heavy favourite to repeat as the Vezina winner this season, and for good reason. He is in his prime, the Rangers are arguably the best team in […]


European Hockey: Friday’s Five for 30 November
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BY JEFF ANGUS

It is Friday and it is time for Friday’s Five covering five of the most interesting stories from the world of European Hockey. This week, we discuss Evgeni Malkin, an interesting promotional video from the KHL, a promising prospect to keep an eye on from Finland, Cory Schneider, and more.

5. Evgeni Malkin, to no one’s surprise, is enjoying playing in Russia. He even went as far as to say he does not miss the NHL. A lot of the players over in Russia tend to say […]