Sixteen Canuck milestones that may be reached before the end of the season

You can blame our fingers for our obsession with big, round numbers. Our limited digits gave rise to the base-10 numeral system, leading humans to see special significance to numbers divisible by 10. We see this particularly in hockey: we describe forwards as 20-goal scorers or 30-goal scorers, attach particular import to scoring 50 goals in a season (particularly if they’re tallied within 50 games), and award players that reach 1000 games played with a silver stick.

If only we were born with 6 fingers on each hand, we could have had the far more mathematically satisfying base-12 and have the far more exclusive group of players that reached a dozen-dozen-dozen (1728) games played: Gordie Howe, Mark Messier, and Ron Francis. Actually, never mind: any numbering system that would accord Mark Messier special honour is fundamentally flawed.

In the last two games, two Canucks have reached significant milestones: against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, Kevin Bieksa recorded his 200th career point when he opened the scoring on the powerplay. It was, incidentally, also his 10th career game-winning goal. Then, against the Calgary Flames on Saturday, Henrik Sedin recorded his 600th career assist on Alex Burrow’s gamewinner.

Personally, I had no idea these milestones were coming up for either player; the media guide will often mention them when they’re coming close, but for those of us not in the press box, we tend to only find out after the fact when the play-by-play crew fills us in.

With that in mind, here are 16 upcoming Canucks milestones, both those that come divisible by 10 and those that are franchise specific,  that might come in the final 10 games of the season. Yes, 16. It’s not divisible by 10. Deal with it.

1 | Daniel Sedin is just 5 points away from tying Markus Naslund for second all-time in scoring in franchise history.

2 | Daniel is also 3 games away from 900 games played.

3 | Henrik Sedin is 4 powerplay goals from 50 in his career.

4 | Alex Burrows is 8 points away from reaching 300, at which point he’ll be required to grease up and play the rest of the game shirtless and in slow-motion.

5 | He also needs just 12 more penalty minutes to pass Todd Bertuzzi for 8th in franchise history, which he’ll get with a 2-minute minor and a 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct upon removing his jersey on the ice.

6 | Jannik Hansen needs 2 more goals to reach 50 in his career (and 10 for the season).

7 | Kevin Bieksa is also just 2 goals away from 50, so if the two of them are in on a 2-on-1 together at any point, the guy with the puck ain’t passing.

8 | Dan Hamhuis is 6 assists away from 200 in his career.

9 | Mason Raymond needs 5 assists to reach 100.

10 | At the rate he’s going, it’s entirely likely that Zack Kassian will tally another 14 penalty minutes to reach 100 for his career.

11 | Chris Tanev needs to play just 8 more games this season to reach 100.

12 | If David Booth could only get back in the lineup before the end of the season: he’s just 1 point away from 200.

13 | If Cam Barker can stay in the lineup, he might tally 4 points to reach 100.

14 | With the way Cory Schneider has been playing, it seems entirely likely that he’ll appear in 8 more games and reach 100 games played.

15 | Schneider will also pass Frank Caprice for 7th in franchise history in total saves with 2,384, which could happen with 25 saves in his next start.

16 | With 2 more fights, Dale Weise will reach 20 for his career, at which point the Brotherhood of Face-Punchers will finally let him wear a visor.

 

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16 comments

  1. j21
    April 8, 2013

    “Yes, 16. It’s not divisible by 10. Deal with it.”

    It totally is! 16/10 = 1.6.

    (Anyone remember “Little Man Tate”?)

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  2. Chinook
    April 8, 2013

    Yeah, that’s great Daniel, but us fans, and I expect all the players, care most about achieving a club milestone 1 this season – that being 1 Stanley Cup. Interestingly the number 1 represents 10 to the power of 0, the current number of Cup wins for everyone on the team. Go Canucks! Go for 1!

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  3. zach
    April 8, 2013

    ugghhhhh math.

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  4. Cathylu
    April 8, 2013

    You’ve just made all the stat-geeks happy!

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  5. steveB
    April 8, 2013

    17 | Mason Raymond just needs to fall down 19 more times to reach the 100,000 Falling Down Milestone.

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  6. steveB
    April 8, 2013

    17 | Mason Raymond just needs to fall down 19 more times to reach the 100,000 Falling Down Milestone, which is a golden banana peel mounted on a broken plinth.

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  7. EllynBleu
    April 8, 2013

    Again another good article to read. While I do not obsess about the stats for each player, I did enjoy reading the numerical information. Of course the humour was priceless! lol about Burrows receiving/beating Bertuzzi’s penalty minutes! Actually … I was trying to picture Burrows shirtless on the ice.

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  8. Zach Morris
    April 8, 2013

    I am unimpressed by the so-called “superior” base twelve.

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  9. Evan
    April 8, 2013

    NERD ALERT:

    The ancient Babylonians used a base 60 number system, which makes it much easier to do arithmetic with fractions [roughly speaking, the ease of fractional arithmetic increases with the number of factors of the base]. It might make things a bit tedious if we have to wait until someone plays 3600 games before we celebrate though.

    END NERD ALERT

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  10. madwag
    April 8, 2013

    in base two 101 dalmations are 9 dogs.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      April 8, 2013

      No, that’s 5 dogs in binary.

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      • Chris the Curmudgeon
        April 8, 2013

        It”s also 257 in hexadecimal.

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        • Chris the Curmudgeon
          April 8, 2013

          (In which counting system the Canucks have 10 milestones to go, I might add)

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  11. Chris the Curmudgeon
    April 8, 2013

    Thus follows Dr. Curmudgeon’s Likelihood Factor Grouping (LFG) for each of those milestones (of course, barring injury):

    LFG = 5: Count on it!
    2. Daniel’s 900th game
    11. Tanev’s 100th game
    15. Schneider’s 2385th save

    LFG = 4: A good bet
    1. 5 points for Daniel
    6. Jannik Hansen’s 50th goal
    10. Kassian’s 100th PIM

    LFG = 3: Even money
    4. Alex Burrows 300th point
    5. Alex Burrows 12 PIM
    7. Kevin Bieksa’s 50th goal
    9. Mason Raymond’s 100th assist
    14. Cory Schneider’s 100th start
    16. Dale Weise’s 20th fight

    LFG = 2: Wouldn’t count on it
    3. Henrik Sedin’s 50 PPG
    12. Booth’s 200th point

    LFG = 1: Fat freaking chance
    8. Hamhuis’s 200th assist
    13. Barker’s 100th point

    By those criteria, I’m putting my opinion out there to say we’re probably going to witness 9 of the 16 milestones by the end of the year. Anyone care to disagree?

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    • Daniel Wagner
      April 8, 2013

      Sounds about right to me.

      So, you have a doctorate now?

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      • Chris the Curmudgeon
        April 9, 2013

        In fact, in the real world I do have a doctorate, but sadly it’s not in curmudgeonliness.

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