An early glance at the 2017 draft rankings

Ryan Fancey
November 07 2016 06:53PM

Yes, that's a scary title. Don't worry though, "Tank Nation" isn't back on. No need to panic, Leafs fans.

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What Can The Canucks Do To Fix Their Scoring Woes?

Jackson McDonald
November 07 2016 04:00PM

The Vancouver Canucks opened the floodgates against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. At least in a relative sense. 

While the three goals Vancouver scored on Saturday may not seem like much, for a club so goal-starved as the Canucks, it probably meant the world. The Canucks, as I'm sure you know, are off to the worst offensive start in franchise history, averaging just over 1.5 goals per game. For context, there isn't another team averaging fewer than two.

It's safe to assume that the Canucks are likely to suffer these ills going forward, too. Even with the added caveat that positive regression is inevitable. They're going to get their fair share of bounces eventually. Whether they can convert on enough of their chances to beat the opposition on a regular basis is another thing entirely.

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Watch The Game Episode 7: Predictive Models and Game Score with Dom Luszczyszyn

Watch The Game Podcast
November 07 2016 03:48PM

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Cam, Sam, and Adam talked about how the Blue Jackets beat the Canadiens 10-0 over the weekend, and the brawl that went down between the Leafs and Canucks (in case you hadn't heard enough about it yet). in today's podcast before being joined by The Hockey News' Dom Luszczyszyn, who explained the work behind his game score and predictive standings models. 

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NHLN Power Rankings: Nov. 7, 2016

Scott Maxwell
November 07 2016 03:19PM


It's time for your weekly dose of the NHL Numbers power rankings, a weekly look on the previous week in the NHL. I'll look at the five best and worst NHL teams thus far in the season, as well as the three best and worst players in the last week.

Note: All use of Corsi For and Expected Goals For are Score and Venue Adjusted, and at even strength. All stats come from Corsica Hockey, and NHL.com (don't worry, it's only the standings).

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Analyzing the Jacob Trouba deal

Jacob Stoller
November 07 2016 02:44PM

The Jacob Trouba holdout has come to an end. According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Jacob Trouba has signed a two-year contact with an AAV of 3 million dollars. That's a particularly low cap hit for a player that likely turned down a longer tenured deal with the Jets, in the hopes of getting out of Winnipeg as soon as possible. 

Why does the contract carry such short length along with a small cap hit? I think it's pretty safe to say this kind of deal was designed to attract teams to trade for Trouba and ultimately to increase the value of Trouba. 

Trouba signing this deal wasn't a sign of wanting to get back to Winnipeg as fast he can. Rather, hoping to get out of Winnipeg as fast as he can.  

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