The Noon Number today will consist of several noon numbers, analyzing the Canucks and Blackhawks game last night by looking at scoring chances, which I tend to do separately, but I couldn't get them done live last night.
Click for the scoring chance data last night, and afterwards I'll post a few thoughts.
|VAN||2||19:22||VAN 2 1-0 Hansen||2||3||22||33||35||36||4||8||19||25||50||81||5v5|
|CHI||2||14:49||CHI G 1-1 Brunette||2||3||14||20||35||5||8||15||16||20||50||4v5|
|CHI||2||9:23||CHI G 1-2 Kane||6||23||27||35||36||2||10||19||50||81||88||4v5|
|CHI||3||7:20||CHI G 1-3 Toews||14||17||20||23||29||35||4||19||20||25||50||81||5v5|
|CHI||3||3:17||CHI G 1-5 Montador||6||17||20||29||35||2||5||19||50||81||4v4|
|#||Player||EV TOI||EV CF||EV CA||PP TOI||PP CF||PP CA||SH TOI||SH CF||SH CA|
|Period||Total CF||Total CA||EV CF||EV CA||PP CF||PP CA||5v3 CF||5v3 CA||SH CF||SH CA||3v5 CF||3v5 CA|
- The Canucks somehow found a way to out-chance Chicago at even strength, but their efforts went for naught as the Canucks were severly out-goal-tended. Usually you score a goal every five scoring chances or so, but Corey Crawford turned away five consecutive Vancouver chances after the two quick Hawks powerplay goals.
- This may have been David Booth's worst game as a Canuck (and maybe his only bad one). He didn't factor in on any scoring chance opportunities and was a minus-one. Also telling, was Cody Hodgson being absolutely invisible in any positive way on the scoring chance sheet, a very rare feat for him.
- The Canucks' top two lines did very well for themselves this game. Ryan Kesler was a man possessed.
- Vancouver, again, had a lot of trouble turning odd-man rushes into chances. I have no idea what's with them, but they keep missing a whole bunch of easy passes that used to work out so perfectly for them.
- Kevin Bieksa had two missed shots on chances in the first period. One of them he hit the post on a backhander when he cut to the net. On another night, that may be in the net. On the other side, Jonathan Toews ringed one off the post early in the third on the man advantage (17:59), which could have put this game out of reach must faster than usual.
- Toews was +5 -3 at even strength, which is very good considering his team was outclassed at even strength. He also saw a lot of time against the Sedin twins, who had a very good game away from him. Credit where credit is due, he was Chicago's best player on the ice last night.
- The penalty kill was awful, 5 chances in 3:17. That works out to three scoring chances per 2 minute penalty, which is brutal.
- The crowd at Roger's Arena (I call it that for Roger Nielsen. It doesn't belong to the telecom company) was awful last night. Didn't make any noise and seemed to sit on their hands for most of the game. In fairness to the suits playing Angry Birds in the lower deck, I had the game on "mute" because I've pretty well had enough of John Shorthouse and John Garrett at this point. I can think of no two other conductors of vapid, uninteresting analysis except for the ones on every single other local broadcast in the NHL.
- When the BCIT guys got that annoying glass advertisement displayed in front of the play instead of on the glass in the second period it was kind of funny. I hate Sportsnet.