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I don't want to talk about Raffi Torres much anymore, so I set on compling a few numbers to look at as the Canucks prepare for Game 4 of the series, that will hopefully humiliate Chicago and Patrick Kane.
Despite being up 3-0 in the series, Vancouver's shooting percentage at even strength has actually dipped to a more sustainable rate than it was in previous years, meaning that the 7 goals in 3 games at 5-on-5 is a sustainable number. Vancouver are shooting at 9.2% compared to 10.5% in 2010 and 9.8% in 2009. The Canucks' total shooting percentage is at 10.4%, largely due to...
On the powerplay, Vancouver have gotten rather lucky. Although they have taken just 5 shots on Corey Crawford with a man advantage, they have scored two goals. "Puck Don't Lie", both powerplay goals have come when Chicago were serving silly penalties; the Patrick Sharp post-whistle shenanigans in Game 2 and the Jon Scott interference in Game 3.
Fun with small sample sizes: having played just the one playoff game, Aaron Rome's relative Corsi per 60 stands at an impeccably low minus-71.5.
- Through three games, Roberto Luongo's even strength save percentage (EV SV%) is a remarkable .961 in this series (although that won't last throughout the playoffs. Damned statistical regressions). In last year's series he was at .896 and in 2009 he was at .908 in the second round series' against Chicago.
- Over the course of the series, the Canucks have held the lead for 120 minutes and 22 seconds of play. Chicago has led just 23 minutes and 9 seconds. Despite such a difference in lead which tilts the shot balance in the favour of the trailing team, Chicago has managed just one more shot than Vancouver at even strength (77-76).
If you've thought that Mason Raymond has looked good so far in the playoffs, you'd be right. Despite starting his shifts 2-to-1 starting in the defensive zone, Raymond has the fourth highest Corsi rating among Canuck forwards. Meanwhile, Kevin Bieksa has started 22 shifts in the defensive zone, and has finished 20 of them on the offensive side.
Fun with small sample sizes: having played just the one playoff game, John Scott's relative Corsi per 60 stands at a team-high 43.5.
Patrick Sharp has been the best Blackhawk forward in terms of Corsi rating, but his linemates have yet to finish a play 5-on-5. The Canucks would be wise to finish this series before that number starts to change.
Ryan Kesler has dominated the battle with Jonathan Toews. Toews' Corsi-On checks in at minus-11 while linemate Patrick Kane is at minus-3.07.