Here are your Game 4 scoring chances from what was, by all accounts,, a terrible, terrible hockey game, made positive by the fact that a) the Canucks won and, b) it was close, so at least you could get away by saying it was exciting.
But, man, nobody could hit the net in the first couple of periods, it seemed. The 12-11 chance count is very low for a National Hockey League game. We've often complained this series about how the Canucks have been sitting on their one-goal leads, and there wasn't much of a change this game. The Canucks were out-chanced 9-3 when they were up by one. The good news is that they outchanced Nashville 9-2 with the score tied and remain a quite excellent team in that game state.
- I think my favourite takeaway from all this is that Aaron Rome was actually mildly competent last night, despite one brutal play in his own end late in the game where he failed to pick up a puck, leading to some Nashville pressure, and taking the penalty with the Canucks already a man down. But he was a plus-4 Fenwick, a plus-2 Corsi, a plus-4 chance differential and certainly didn't have protected shifts in the offensive zone. He started four there, five in the defensive zone. As terrible as he may have looked, he's either really good at bailing himself out, or we only notice his mistakes at this point. With competent underlying numbers, I really don't expect Alain Vigneault to move him up to the pressbox in Game Five. He was credited with zero giveaways.
- The Sedin twins didn't look great, but they were better. Henrik finally scored a goal (those empty net goals are hard. Ask Mikael Samuelsson) and the twins combined for four points. Less importantly, their chance count was a positive this time around and the Canuck Number One Powerplay looked dangerous again.
- Sigh, Ryan Kesler.