Fans and media are calling last night’s 6-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers a statement win. The Canucks themselves are calling it just another win. Let’s call it both. The Canucks now have 49 points (22-8-5) in 35 games – that’s an incredible 0.700 points percentage through almost half a season. To put this into perspective, the Canucks are on pace to reach 115 points. Not only is this President’s Trophy territory, but it’s a level only four teams have achieved since the lockout (Capitals, Bruins, Sharks and Red Wings, twice). With one game left against the Dallas Stars on...Click here to read more.
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Some interesting numbers in the Canucks’ current 6-game win streak. Goals For: 25 Goals For/Game: 4.17 Goals Against: 12 Goals Against/Game: 2.00 Powerplay: 8/24 (or 33.3% PP efficiency) Penalty Kill: 1/17 (or 94.1% PK rate) Goals Scored by the Canucks’ Top-Six Forwards: 12 Goals Scored by the Canucks’ Bottom-Six Forwards: 12 Assists Recorded by the Canucks’ Top-Six Forwards: 16 Assists Recorded by the Canucks’ Defense and Goaltenders: 16 Canucks’ Save Percentage: 0.934 (169 saves/181 shots) Luongo’s Save Percentage: 0.919 (113 saves/123 shots) Schneider’s Save Percentage: 0.966 (56 saves/58 shots) 1st Period Goals For: 8 1st Period Goals Against: 1 2nd...Click here to read more.
There are plenty of reasons the Canucks are favored going into their second round series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Richard has outlined a few here, but allow me to add my 2 cents as well. One key that I want to point out is that the Canucks have home ice advantage. How important is it? Well, it means more to the Canucks than the Blackhawks. While the Blackhawks’ stats are relatively-similar at home and on the road, the Canucks, since February 1st, have shown that they are a much, much better team at GM Place. STATS FROM FEBRUARY 1ST TO...Click here to read more.
Whether or not they hang on to home ice advantage in the playoffs or win the Northwest Division championship, the Canucks can no longer be considered underdogs. What they’ve accomplished – turning around a record losing streak into a 20-5-1 record in the last 2 months and passing the Calgary Flames in the standings is nothing short of incredible. It’s really quite impressive how they’ve accomplished this. Last night, they played patient hockey and beat the trapping Minnesota Wild in overtime. In the last week, they played smart and tough hockey against the frustrated Chicago Blackhawks and slumping Dallas Stars....Click here to read more.
Believe it or not, I hate doing the magic number post. That said, I do it every year because I’m a numbers guy and I like seeing the magic numbers with each team shrink with each Canucks win or with the other teams’ losses. After last night’s win against the Dallas Stars, the Canucks’ magic number is down to 10. That means any combination of 10 points gained by the Canucks or not gained by Anaheim and Nashville clinches them a playoff spot. The magic number is 9 against St. Louis, 8 against Minnesota and 6 against Dallas. Something else...Click here to read more.
Something happened to the Canucks after that January 31st home loss to Minnesota. That home loss was their 9th straight at home, a franchise low; since then, they’ve gained 31 of a possible 38 points (15-3-1) and won 10 straight games at home, a new franchise high. It was then that Alain Vigneault decided to split up Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows, and while they’ve easily been the team’s best players since that move, the rest of the team have also played much, much better. The results are certainly quite impressive. Just look at this before and after picture of...Click here to read more.
Before the Canucks/Kings game on Monday, I went on Jacked In With Jessica (Kelowna AM 1150) and noted the Kings’ very good powerplay and the Canucks’ very lousy penalty-kill. That night, of course, the Canucks allowed 2 powerplay goals against en route to a 3-2 loss. The loss itself didn’t bother me; after all, they had to lose at some point. Their special teams play, however, may be cause for concern. Lately, the Canucks have had a bad habit of letting in a PPGA or two or three. Since January 1st, they’ve allowed a PPGA in 20 of their 26...Click here to read more.
The common theme today is how important tomorrow night’s game against the San Jose Sharks. It’s a big game and a benchmark game. It’s a chance to show they can hold their own against the Western Conference elite. The truth is, the Canucks haven’t had a lot of success against the West’s top four teams. They had a couple of nice wins against Detroit and Calgary early in the season and a come-from-behind shootout win against Calgary and blowout win against Chicago in the last month. Overall, however, they are an unimpressive 6-8-1 against the Sharks, Red Wings, Flames and...Click here to read more.
I suppose the Canucks had to lose at some point. They can’t win every game, and while they tried hard and played a good road game last night, they just couldn’t solve Jaroslav Halak. C’est la vie. Still, the Canucks hit the 3/4 point of the season with 68 points in 60 games, good for 5th in the Western Conference. Their percentage of points gained for the season has gone up 8% since their January swoon and they can now look forward to spending most of the next 3 weeks at home. 7 of their next 9 games are at...Click here to read more.
In the most hyped game of the season, Mats Sundin had a triumphant return to the Air Canada Centre and scored the shootout winner and the Vancouver Canucks simply did again what they’ve been doing for the last 3 weeks. It was the Canucks’ 8th win in 9 games; in 5 of those 8 wins, they either scored the game-winning goal in the 3rd period or tied the game in the 3rd period before winning it in the shootout. Funny what difference a month makes. The team that found all sorts of ways to lose in January now can’t lose...Click here to read more.