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.
Watch The Game Podcast
November 07 2016 03:48PM
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.
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).
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.
November 06 2016 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames are going for history tonight in Anaheim. The bad kind of history.
In the history of the National Hockey League, no team has lost 24 consecutive regular season road games against a single team. The Flames have lost 23 straight games at the Honda Center against the Anaheim Ducks. They have a 0-18-5 record in that span.
Here's a quick glance at Calgary's utter futility in Orange County and the 23 reasons they utterly hate going to Disneyland.