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: Friday Five for 15 February
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BY JEFF ANGUS

In today’s instalment of the Friday Five, I take a look at the Ryan O’Reilly holdout in Colorado, Alexander Semin’s impact in Carolina, the return of Ryan Kesler, and more.

5. COLORADO MISSES RYAN O’REILLY
Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers (-162, 5)
It appears as if O’Reilly’s days as a member of the Colorado organization are over. The club and O’Reilly have been unable to close the gap in terms of expected salary – O’Reilly wants a contract with an annual cap hit in the […]


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: The Friday Five For 25 January
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BY JEFF ANGUS

My weekly hockey roundup continues, and now that the NHL has returned, my focus will of course be on that instead of European hockey or the AHL. A lot has happened over the past seven days in the NHL – injuries, surprise performances, rookies standing out, and much, much more.

Read on to find out my thoughts on five stories that have dominated headlines over the past week.

5. THE BLACKHAWKS SOAR
Chicago Blackhawks to Win the Stanley Cup +700
Chicago has been hands down […]


NHL: The Roberto Luongo Trade Saga
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BY JEFF ANGUS

I managed to make it through the entire lockout without penning/typing a single Roberto Luongo trade rumour post. But hold your applause, because that changes right now. It looks like the Luongo trade will occur at some point between the ratification of the new CBA and the start of the 2013 season. We have constantly heard how Luongo to Toronto was a “done deal” for much of the lockout, with names like Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak, and Cody Franson rumoured to be on their way back to […]


NHL: The Post-Lockout Mike Gillis To-Do List
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BY JEFF ANGUS

Now that the NHL and NHLPA have finally agreed on a new CBA, all 30 NHL clubs have a lot of work to do in a very short period of time. There won’t be a GM in the league busier than Mike Gillis over the next few days, as he has several important issues to sort out before the Canucks play their first game on Saturday, 19 January (that sure felt good to write).

Let’s take a look at what Mike Gillis and the Canucks have on their […]


SPORTS: New Year’s Resolutions for 2013
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BY THOMAS DRANCE

Tuesday marked the start of the New Year. Across the globe millions of folks awoke hungover and bleery eyed, but resolved nonetheless to improve their lives in the new year. Whether or not you want to get to the gym a couple of extra times per week in 2013, or settle down and find the right girl (or guy) to snuggle up to on cold winter nights; the New Year is a time for optimism and resolutions. For professional athlete’s it’s no different. With that let’s go […]