Well, another sorta dominant performance from Cory Schneider Tuesday night, all things considered. He did make 14 saves off of 15 on-net scoring chances, but the overall discrepancy didn't really match up with the outrageous 48-34 shot count. Particularly at even strength, the Canucks did a good job at minimizing the score effect. Click after the jump for chance data...
|VAN||1||16:41||VAN G 1-0 D. Sedin||6||14||22||23||33||35||6||15||26||30||50||51||5v5|
|VAN||1||2:18||VAN G 2-0 Booth||2||3||7||17||20||35||6||17||18||19||30||51||5v5|
|CBJ||3||15:33||CBJ G 1-2 Pahlsson||3||17||22||23||33||35||3||26||30||50||51||5v4|
|VAN||3||14:05||VAN G 3-1 Kesler||14||17||22||23||33||35||4||6||7||21||30||50||5v5|
|#||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|
All right, what do we know from this...
- Ryan Johansen looked to be the best player at either end in this one. He was in on a lot of Columbus chances, but was only a +2 overall, and, having started 7 more times in the offensive than the defensive zone, so his adjusted Fenwick (shots plus missed shots) was "just" +6.8.
- Meanwhile, the best Canuck on the ice was probably David Booth, who I may just rename "Snakebite". He was a +4 on chances, a +18.6 adjusted Fenwick (which is Ryan Kesler Game 7 vs. Chicago numbers) and taking the shot on all five scoring chances he was on the ice for, setting three of them up on his own. He had a ridiculous night, and was unlucky to come away with his 1 goal, 6 shot, 8 attempt traditional statline.
- The Canucks third line was pretty brutal tonight from the surface, but keep in mind that they had 9 extra defensive zone starts so they didn't get the added benefit of being put in offensive situations. That said, they were the only Canucks who were truly below zero in this one, other than...
- ...Cody Hodgson looked bad. This happens, but he will probably turn it around, since he is usually a much better player.
- It's probably not good that the Canucks powerplay got outchanced. I don't mean by the Blue Jackets powerplay, I mean that the Canucks were -2 on their own advantages and were outshot 3-2 when they were up a man.
- The one prolonged run that Columbus went on was their powerplay in the second period, wherein they recorded three chances in quick succession, with Andrew Alberts in the box for delay of game.
- Cory Schneider looked pretty mediocre for a goalie who stopped 47 shots. Everything was going right at him, and times in the second period he looked like Martin Brodeur on rollerblades, playing with a horseshoe up his ass. Literally everything was sticking right to him.
- The 47 save tally is dubious. There are a number of "double shots" recorded tonight. I went back through slow-motion on some of the scoring chances on the PVR and I counted at least five phantom shots recorded at either end. I know scorekeeping isn't an exact science, but, man, the scorekeepers were awful tonight. They looked like Cody Hodgson out there.
- On a more selfish note, both myself and Thom Drance told our own missycanuck today to NOT trade David Booth in her Fantasy league. He came through with an incredible game and is about to go off.
- The Canucks were 3-0 with the score tied tonight in chances, which is the important number to take in.