Every now and then we like to take a break from all the words and just post some numbers. And some words describing the numbers, as otherwise it would just be a whole bunch of numbers with no context, which would be really weird. Here are some odd and interesting numbers and statistics from the Canucks season so far.
- The Sedins have been putting up nearly identical point totals right from the start of their career. If it wasn’t for the injuries that Daniel has suffered and Henrik’s incredible ironman streak, they’d likely be separated by only a couple points overall. Henrik’s point-per-game average is 0.841, while Daniel’s is 0.840. That’s freaky enough as it is, but their point totals so far this season are even freakier. 22 games in, Daniel has 8 goals and 14 assists, for 22 points. Henrik has 4 goals and 18 assists, for 22 points. Freaky.
- For all the talk of the Canucks lacking toughness, it’s entirely possible that the Canucks are actually leaning too far in the other direction. The Canucks are currently third in the league in fights per game, with a total of 18 fighting majors. The only teams ahead of them? Toronto and Columbus, which aren’t exactly good franchises to model yourself after. Sure, Toronto is currently 5th in the Eastern Conference, but they currently have the fourth worst Fenwick Close and the third highest PDO. If you don’t know what those statistics mean, the short answer is that it means the Leafs are extremely unlikely to be 5th place in the Eastern Conference by the end of the season.
- You may not have noticed since he’s such a humble and unassuming guy, but Dan Hamhuis has passed Alex Edler for the team-lead in points from a defenceman. The Community Man now has 13 points in games, while Edler has 12 after going 6 games without a point. Hamhuis has been significantly more active offensively this season, pinching more down the boards and heading to the net for scoring chances at the backdoor. It helps that he’s starting far more often in the offensive zone, with 56.3% of his shifts starting there compared to 46.3% last season.
- As pointed out by Jeff Paterson, Daniel Sedin has just 7 shots on the powerplay this season and just 1 shot in the Canucks’ last 27 powerplay opportunities. Daniel has led the team in powerplay goals in both of the last two seasons. If the Canucks want to start having more success on the powerplay, which is o-for-15 over the last six games, they need to start getting Daniel more opportunities to shoot and Daniel needs to start taking them.
- After all their various ups and downs this season and all the arguments over whose better and who should be the number one goaltender, Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider now have identical save percentages. Unfortunately, it’s not a particularly good save percentage. Both Luongo and Schneider have a .912 save percentage, tying them for 17th in the NHL.
- Jannik Hansen is really terrible at faceoffs. The Honninggrævling is 2-for-25 on the season, for a faceoff win percentage of a measly 8%. If you need a winger to replace a center after he’s been tossed from the faceoff circle, it probably shouldn’t be Hansen. The only issue is that he frequently kills penalties and is the only winger on the ice with whatever center he’s paired with. At that point, you may as well get one of the defencemen to take the draw.
- The only Canuck worse than Hansen on faceoffs is Dale Weise, who is 0-for-2, which hardly counts. The best winger to come in on a faceoff: Alex Burrows at 35-for-78, though some of those draws were as a center earlier in the season.
- While David Booth has yet to score a goal since returning from injury and only has 1 assist, he’s making his presence felt in other ways. Through just 7 games, Booth has already drawn 5 minor penalties. Unfortunately, since the Canucks’ powerplay can’t seem to score, most of those powerplays have been wasted. Most, but not all. In his first game of the season, against the Dallas Stars, Booth drew a hooking penalty on Aaron Rome. Burrows scored on the subsequent powerplay, the last goal the Canucks have scored with the man advantage this season. The Canucks won the game by 1 goal.
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