June 24 2013 07:31PM
With John Tortorella coming to Vancouver, I admit I'm quite curious as to how he stacks up compared to Alain Vigneault in "zone matching", the practice of having your more offensive centremen take faceoffs in the offensive zone and your more defensive forwards take faceoffs in the defensive zone.
Thomas Drance made the point over at Canucks Army that Alain Vigneault is going to become very familiar with Brian Boyle this season. Boyle, like Manny Malhotra or Maxim Lapierre in Vancouver, took a large percentage of his faceoffs in the defensive end, while Brad Richards and Derek Stepan were left with a lot more offensive zone opportunities.
Tortorella, like Vigneault, subscribes to the practice. Here's a primer on zone matching, along with a comment that the practice has become increasingly more common over the last two seasons. Which teams did it the most in 2013?
June 21 2013 11:53AM
Terrible times today for our neighbours down the QEII highway as 100,000 people in 26 communities have been evacuated from their homes due to flooding by recent heavy rains.
June 15 2013 07:04AM
Over the past few days, the readers of the various sites in the Nation Network have been voting on their rankings of prospects for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Today, we reveal the results.
June 14 2013 10:10AM
The Nation Network’s 2013 Mock Draft continues, with the close of the first round.
June 13 2013 01:01PM
If you've been reading me for a couple years, you'd know by now that I have a lot of respect for David Poile and Don Maloney, two general managers who had consecutive playoff appearances despite playing in small markets without big-name stars. Those teams are the Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes, respectively, but you could probably add in Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues and Garth Snow of the New York Islanders. The Blues were a floor team this season, won 29 games (4th in the NHL) after a year they won 49 games (also 4th in the NHL). They'll probably have a higher salary cap this season, because they have four of their stars needing new contracts, but they drafted and developed possibly better than any team in the league, finding lots of hidden gems in the later parts of the first round.