I'm trying something drastically different in place of my regular weekly recap. This past week was likely the most unique we'll see from the Canucks in this shortened season for a few reasons: they played a ridiculous 5 games in 7 nights against some stiff competition (2 at home, 3 on the road), had a severely depleted lineup due to injury and suspension, and despite all that they collected 8 of a possible 10 points. It was an impressive performance given a less than ideal set of circumstances.
In situations like this the media will default to words like "grit" and "heart" to summarize. I want to dig a little deeper for context, so I assembled the individual Corsi +/- for each player during this five game stretch.
I know not everybody who frequents this site is on-board with underlying statistics, but the fact remains that if you're not at least considering what they have to tell you, you're not getting the full story.
A quick introduction: Corsi is a puck possession metric that measures all shot attempts for and against (including blocked shots) while a player is on the ice. As a team, the Canucks have been top five in the league in this category for most of the season, and it's a proven indicator of a team's future success.
Let's see how it breaks down individually over the past week:
All data pulled from timeonice.com
To conclude, this was a fascinating week for the team, both in terms of the results, the stats, and the character they displayed through a tough slog. A key player was suspended, half the bottom six was hurt, and a defenceman was playing forward. For the first time all year I feel like we got a sense of what this team might be able to accomplish this season. The numbers were far from sparkling, but they're representative of a change in style due to the circumstances, and the good teams are the ones that can adapt and pull themselves out of tough situations.