Here are the scoring chances for the third game of the series. Note here that "NAS" is simply replaced by "WES" as "Western Conference Playoff Opponent" so don't let that interfere with your reading on the chances.
Now, there are a few takeaways here:
This was Vancouver's best game of series as far as possession goes. They had 62.5 Corsi events per 60 minutes which is the highest in the series so far, and first time any team got over the 60 mark, which is a good, round number I use as a measuring stick. Nashville was at 47.3. Despite this, the chance count was only slightly in Vancouver's favour at even strength, but the possession led to a number of key powerplays.
The Canucks may have had their best game of the series, but, holy moly, did the Sedins ever look terrible. This was their worst game of the playoffs. Being minus-2 isn't something that worries me, because +/- is a luck statistic, but they were a combined minus-7 in the chance count. Check the link to the Corsi/Fenwick numbers at the bottom of this post if you really want some radio call-in show fodder. That said, it's a small sample, the Canucks won, and they'll probably turn it around.
- Nashville dominated the chance count early, despite the Canucks dominating the shot-count (it was something like 9-1 at one point in the first period). Early on, Nashville was doing a great job at keeping Vancouver's shots from the outside, making many of their 47 shots easy saves for Pekka Rinne. Nashville couldn't hit the net early on in the game as well, missing the net by a good three or four feet from 'A'-scoring zones. Vancouver were also missing a lot of "chances-at-chances" early on with a couple of key rebounds left out by Rinne.
May have been the worst game for the Sedins, but the second line was terrific. Christopher Higgins is turning into one hell of a deadline pickup. No need to talk about Ryan Kesler's play here, either. It has likely been covered by many a sportswriter waxing heroic about #17.
I called yesterday for Aaron Rome and Keith Ballard to be in the lineup over Andrew Alberts, and that certainly showed on this sheet. Rome was a plus-4 and Alberts was a minus-2, including being on the ice for the tying goal.
Check the zone start page at the bottom. A lot of faceoffs were taken in the offensive zone, which is a good thing. The chart in no way goes to forgive the Sedins. The scary thing about this is that Shea Weber started 16 more shifts in the defensive zone, but was a plus-2 in chances for Nashville. His beard was also in a nightmare I had last night.
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