My friends will attest that I’m a big Shane O’Brien fan. I think he’s a solid guy, considering his third-pairing role. I think he’s a tough guy that doesn’t hesitate to defend his teammates when he needs to. (Mason Raymond probably agrees with me as well.) Today though, one night after being a healthy scratch for the first time since being acquired by the Canucks, he spoke out about his role (Hosea Cheung, Canucks 24/7): After Monday’s practice, it was Shane O’Brien’s turn to speak out. “I’m not asking to be first unit powerplay, 25 minutes a night,” said the...Click here to read more.
Tagged: fun with math
I’ll admit that there were a lot of positives in the Canucks’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild last night. They played their best game since their 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks and they came back from a 2-goal deficit to take a point. They finished January 2009 with 7 points in 12 games (2-5-5), and maybe, the “comeback” is the baby step they need to get back to winning. The cold reality is, however, that the team’s losing streak has now 8 games. Their home losing streak is now 9 games. After a 3-2 overtime...Click here to read more.
Year after year, we complain about the Canucks’ schedule. So much so that Mike Gillis actually lobbied (perhaps successfully) to have the team’s travel schedule simplified next year. This year however, they enter the stretch drive with a schedule that might actually be their saving grace. At a quick glance anyway, it seems that the Canucks may have the more favourable schedule among the 8 teams vying for 4 playoff spots (i.e. Vancouver plus Phoenix, Edmonton, Columbus, Anaheim, Minnesota, Dallas and Colorado). I’m not a statistician so I don’t know how accurate this would be, but I put together a...Click here to read more.
With the first half of the season officially over, it’s time to take a mathematical look at how the Canucks need to perform for the rest of the season. There was of course a lot of worry when Roberto Luongo injured his groin back in November. There was worry as to how the team would respond and if they would be able to keep pace in a competitive Western Conference. The team’s response? Points-wise anyway, the Canucks have done relatively-well since November 20 (Luongo’s last full game was on November 19 against the Rangers). [Table=1] The race is undoubtedly close,...Click here to read more.