Goalies and the Playoffs Part 2: What's Shot Volume Got to Do with It?

Joel Short
November 23 2016 11:00AM

My first article focused entirely on save percentages. I thought it would be helpful to have a look at the other side of the coin – shots – and how the two interact. 

It’s pretty well known that Sv% has risen and goals per game have dropped over the years, but what is the long-term trend in shots per game? And do the playoffs see a drop off in shots from the regular season?

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Watch the Game Episode 12: The Pesky Penguins with Bill West

Watch The Game Podcast
November 23 2016 10:13AM

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Sam has Jeff Veillette on again to talk about the happenings around the NHL. They start with Brent Burns, move to J.T. Brown then finish it up with Jeff's big birthday wish. After that, Bill West, Pittsburgh Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review joins the show (27:55) to talk about the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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Which Canucks Are Due to Break Out?

J.D. Burke
November 23 2016 09:00AM

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No matter how the losses mount, the Canucks remain upbeat. You hear game after lost game about how well they felt they played. That they just couldn't get a bounce, and so on.

That commentary often falls on deaf ears, but I've always felt there was some semblance of merit therein. It's hard to get too invested in their lofty shot totals since they're trailing in perpetuity, but they've had their nights all the same. And their league-worst 960 PDO indicates that they truly have been among the least lucky teams this season.

Considering the extent to which this team's struggled to score goals though that shouldn't be overly surprising. I want to peel another layer off the onion and see which players are suffering this misfortune on a personal level.

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Why the Canucks Would be Wise to Sign Bo Horvat Long-Term

Ryan Biech
November 22 2016 01:22PM

The Vancouver Canucks have an interesting off-season ahead of them, with quite a few contracts coming off the books.

Some are older players heading towards unrestricted free agency, many of which likely don't figure beyond another year with this franchise. There are, however, a couple pending restricted free agents who are obvious building blocks for the Canucks to take care of, too.

I want to focus today on Bowie Horvat.

Selected 9th overall in 2013, Horvat has come in and been a bright light, and that's why the Canucks should lock him up long term, as soon as possible.

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Future Free Agents: Brent Burns (UPDATE: Sharks, Burns agree on eight-year, $64M extension)

Cam Lewis
November 22 2016 11:00AM

Future Free Agents is a semi-regular feature on NHLNumbers profiling players from 2017's potential free agency class. 

Brent Burns is one of the NHL's elite defencemen, with the skill and presence to completely control the game when he's on the ice. If the San Jose Sharks somehow allow him to hit the open market this summer, Burns is the kind of player who can singlehandedly make another team quite a bit better. 

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