The Canucks had 296 powerplay opportunities last season, good for 11th in the NHL. With their league-leading powerplay percentage of 24.3%, the Canucks scored a league-leading 72 goals with the man advantage. This season, the Canucks are once again leading the league in powerplay goals with 13, but are converting at a percentage of 22.4% 6th in the NHL. But they are second in the NHL in powerplay opportunities, just one behind the Columbus Blue Jackets.

It’s in the Canucks best interests to continue to draw as many penalties as possible. While it’s unlikely that the Canucks will actually draw near-400 powerplay opportunities – Carolina led the league with 346 powerplay opportunities last season – the more powerplay opportunities that the Canucks can draw with their superb powerplay, the better. Thus far, despite only scoring 1 powerplay point, Cody Hodgson has played a large role in the Canucks’ powerplay success.

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According to Kevin Bieksa, each member of the Canucks has an animal nicknames. This is awesome. We must know them all.

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Pass it to Comics: Alex Edler and Sami Salo are a perfect match

Pass it to Comics is a biweekly collaboration between PITB and cartoonist Chloe Ezra. It will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the season. Today, Alex Edler with Sami Salo just works.

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