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Today I Read: About Ference, Foolishness, and Fancy Stats

The NHL suspended Edmonton Oilers captain, Andrew Ference, for 3 games following his headshot on Zack Kassian. On its own, that probably sounds fair. But as Kerry Fraser notes, this isn’t Ference’s first run-in with NHL DoPS. In fact, he’s been suspended twice recently for dangerous hits – in other words, he’s exactly the league’s definition of a repeat offender.

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Player of the Week: Linden Vey

In 12 games so far this season, Vey’s got 4 goals and 2 assists — for a total of 6 points  — with two of those goals coming in the last week. And, with 4 goals to his name this season, if he were still on the LA Kings, that’d put him as the fourth-leading goal scorer on the team.  So, uh, thanks, LA! (And no, you can’t have him back.)

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Johnny Sorts Out Sbisa – November 3, 2014

Johnny from Tokyo… err… Matt Lee is back and brings the heat to episode 30 of the C4 podcast! Rejoining Chris in studio and Clay by phone, the boys discuss the optimism in the Smylosphere and how one comment from “Johnny from Tokyo” has helped turn around Luca Sbisa’s career in Vancouver.

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The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 1 vs. Predators 3

After last night’s 3-2 win over Edmonton, the Canucks are back at it, looking to do the same at home against the Nashville Predators. Lizz Moffat recaps the game in your tweets.

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You Be The Judge: Should Andrew Ference be suspended?

While the hit wasn’t late like Burrows, it’s clear that Ference leaves his feet, elevates his shoulders, and hits Kassian in the head. If Burrows got 3 games for his hit, you be the judge, should Ference be suspended?

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You Be The Judge: Should Alex Burrows be suspended?

Burrows’ hit on Emelin had all the trademarks of the kind of hit the NHL is trying to eliminate. Emelin was admiring his pass, which placed him in a vulnerable position, Burrows’ point of contact was high, and there were a couple of steamboats from the point that Emelin got rid of the puck to the point that Burrows hit him – the hit was high, the hit was late, and the hit was to a guy in a vulnerable position.

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Clay’s Canucks Commentary: Habs Fans and PK Subban

I’m back with my new and improved Clay’s Canucks Commentary.  I will be producing these video podcasts every week or two and sharing my views, opinions, and insights on the Vancouver Canucks.

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The Game According to Twitter: Canucks 3 vs. Canadiens 2 (OT)

The Canucks faced off against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night — the only time the Habs will be playing in Rogers Arena this year — and… What. A. Game. Jocelyn Aspa recaps it all in your tweets.

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Extrapolation Edition

After 6 games, Kevin Bieksa and Shawn Matthias are -6 and Jannik Hansen is -5. At this rate, the math suggests – even if logic does not – that Bieksa and Matthias will finish at -60 and Hansen -50. This obviously won’t happen. At least it better not.

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Player of the Week: Nick Bonino

And okay, sure, the Canucks lost two out of four games last week — they suffered an abysmal 6-3 loss in Dallas; won 4-1 in St. Louis; lost a disastrous 7-3 game against Colorado on Friday evening even though Henrik Sedin scored the game’s first goal ten seconds in; and, lastly, posted a 4-2 win against Washington on Sunday night —  but I digress.   Despite the topsy-turvy week, there’s been some bright spots, which finally brings us to the point of this post: Nick Bonino.

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