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GAME RECAP #11: NUCKS WIN NOTHING SPECIAL - LOSE 3-2 AT HOME TO PREDS

Top 5-on-5 Team - Stinky Bottom Special Teams

Nashville Predators v Vancouver Canucks
Hoagie Gets His 1st of the year! Thus ends the good news of the night
Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

You may have thought after the heroic comeback game on Tuesday where Demmer was saving-out-of-his-blocker and Good Example Miller would keep the good vibes going.

You may have thought that game was the pivotal point on the season. The point where this new Nucking team would turn around their below average season and push up to the dizzying heights of 500 hockey.

You also may have thought COP26 would actually do something to reduce climate change.

Or you may have expected global warming will obsolete the game of ice hockey and make the lives of Nucking fans a little better.

THE GOOD

Happy Diwali!

Brock gets a goal. And it’s a beauty.

Hoagie gets his 1st goal of the season. And it was a beauty. If a mirror image of Brock’s goal.

THE SPECIAL FUGLY

This game was the 9th of the 11 played (seems like more) so far where they gave up the 1st goal in the 1st.

So...what have we learned

Take a penalty

Lose a faceoff

can’t kill a penalty at home

behind early — Westy

It seems like they played more than 11 games... because they’ve only won ONCE in regulation this feels-way-more-than 11 game season.

There are reasons for this horrible record. Special reasons.

SPECIAL TEAMS SUCK!

Is the Nucks PK worse than the Nucks PP or is the Nucks PP worse than the Nucks PK?

Yes and yes.

Only the Yotes and Peg have a worse PK. So that dismal stat is something to be hopeful about if you dream of the Nucks PK getting to that lofty 67.7% effective PK of the Jets - 3rd worst in the league.

If the PK had been 100% effective, we would have witnessed a miracle regulation win thanks to the 2 Nucking 5-on-5 goals vs the single Preds 5-vs-5 goal. Miss Motte much?

On the other end of the ice, if the Nucks PP had been as effective as league average or even just slightly below average they would have won this game. Going ZERO for FIVE, nope.

And it gets worse.

Who has been the best Nucks player during theses 11 games?

Demko.

Best player on the Nucks PP tonight?

Demko. Stopped too many 2-on-1s. On the PP. The Preds had more SH shots than the Nucks PP - only 3 shots in 10 minutes of PP time.

The last Nucking PP goal was Oct. 26th. ‘Scored’ by Chiasson off a slap pass from Pete. At least the Nucking PP coaching shook up the PP personal. Didn’t put Chase on PP3 as suggested.

Even with the change of personal on PP1 and PP2, the static, passing around the outside and trying to setup Pete for the one-timer that even my cat knows is coming and will likely be shot wide.

Would it be too radical to make some down-low plays? Or screen the goalie? Greasy goals on the PP? We’ll take it.

Canucks have a negative differential on special teams - have allowed 5 more goals on the PK than scored on their PP.

On the bright stats side, Nucks lead the league in time differential between the PK and PP. 77 minutes of man-advantage versus 51 minutes of short-handed. So that’s a good stat, right?

Actually, no. Maybe you missed the negative differential number (-5).

Since Pete is having no success on PP1, maybe send him go to PP2. And since Miller is not much more effective, he can join Pete on PP2. And Chase on PP3, puuuleeeze.

Pair OEL and Huggie on PP1 with Garland, Bo and Brock. Worth a try? Only if they aren’t forced to adopt the static no-movement canon favoured by the Nucking PP strategy.

Alien Play

Pete seems to be skating better, but went 0 for 5 in the dot. Maybe he needs to be a winger until the mojo returns. Can’t bench our star player who already seems to have low confidence.

Anyhow... for another view of this horrific waste of a home game - no worries - there’s only 1 game left, let’s return to the game thread, where copey shines a (dim) light on the bright side.

For the first 10 minutes of the second, they played great. They actually held the zone. They, dare I say, dominated. Hogz scored a beauty to get off the schneid.

Then they have their prescribed forking defensive forking brain forking fart to do a dumb shift change and leave Douchesney alone, then on top of that can’t forking save a forking penalty that forking forked the team in the forking heartfork. Fork!

Oh, if Podz had scored.

But Greenlyest can point to saying, only one Even Strength goal against in the last 3 games, so the defence is good. So just get those special teams sorted out.... yeah right, it must have been Newell’s fault the PP went stale. We’ll just change that up for a near career minor league player who managed 12 goals total (gifts of the Sedins). Gaaaaah.

And Petey was a little better again this evening, but Hughes was much worse. Even OEL had some boneheaded plays. Can’t they just all click together for once and blow out a game? [I mean click positively, Jimmy. Nice try.] — copey

I’m positive I don’t like clicks. Or klics. Or even cliques.

GAME STATS (seems like a special feature Special)

SOG FO% PP PIM HITS BLKS GVA
Predators
NSH
28 59% 2/3 15 21 28 6
Canucks
VAN
28 41% 0/5 11 18 11 5

SHOT COUNTS (Or in Pred-Speek, Shot Blocking)

Period NSH VAN
1st 14 13
2nd 11 9
3rd 3 6
Total 28 28

PLAYER STATS (Yay Hoagie!)

# Forwards GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
6 B. Boeser 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 20:51 7:09 --:-- 0
8 C. Garland 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 21:18 6:42 --:-- 0
9 J.T. Miller 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 40 21:35 5:19 1:42 0
18 J. Dickinson 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 29 10:25 --:-- 1:32 0
21 N. Hoglander 1 0 1 1 1 5 2 5 1 0 1 1 17:20 3:28 --:-- 0
39 A. Chiasson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 10:32 4:11 --:-- 0
40 E. Pettersson 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 1 1 1 0 0 21:22 6:31 --:-- 0
53 B. Horvat 0 1 1 1 1 3 2 3 1 1 0 0 50 21:30 3:16 0:24 0
70 T. Pearson 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 3 1 0 1 15:54 3:01 --:-- 0
91 J. Lammikko 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 67 9:56 0:01 1:31 0
92 V. Podkolzin 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 10:54 0:01 --:-- 0
95 J. Bailey 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 9:31 0:01 1:17 0
# Defense GP G A P P +/- S PIM PIM SOG HITS BLKS GVA TKA FO% TOI PP TOI SH TOI PP GW
2 L. Schenn 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 2 2 2 0 0 10:48 --:-- --:-- 0
5 T. Poolman 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 1 1 0 0 13:37 --:-- 1:03 0
23 O. Ekman-Larsson 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 22:30 7:16 2:10 0
27 T. Hamonic 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 18:04 0:15 1:42 0
43 Q. Hughes 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 26:03 2:44 --:-- 0
57 T. Myers 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 1 0 4 16:24 0:05 1:31 0
# Goalies GP REC GA SV SA S EV PP SH SAVE-SHOTS SV% PIM TOI GAA
35 T. Demko -- 25 28 20–21 3–5 2–2 25–28 .893 0 57:59

Special Video Replay

Not even the 2 Johns can make us feel special.

TEAM PRESSERAMA

First up with the good PP advise, it’s Nils.

Next, Myers calculates the special odds from his summer cottage perspective.

And Brock has got some PP tips too.

Finally over in the Traversal room, the Greening of executing isn’t.

It’s too early in the season to be throwing shade on the Nucks being a much improved Nucking playoff team, but if they miss again... well... it’s been 7 years since fans have seen a playoff game in the ROG. How much more patient can paying ROG fans be? (No... you can’t use the CoTU defense).

In 7 of the 11 games so far, the Nucks have scored 2 goals or less with just 1 regulation win. That’s not the high-powered offensive team we expected this season. Slumps? Yes, every sharp-shooting forward has those... but entire lines?

Telling tale - on the timeout in the last minute, King was mapping out a play - Pete left the circle early - Miller seemed to be arguing or questioning.

Which makes us or at least Westy question WTH is going on behind the bench.

Improve the PK or the PP? Pick one. Which would you fix?

Trick question. Gotta love zen hockey koans.

Have a happy weekend until the next home loss spoils it.