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. Big Numbers is a weekly feature on Pass it to Bulis in which we identify the numbers and statistics that really matter or, frequently, the ones that don’t matter at all but are still pretty interesting.
1 | Number of Canucks losses in regulation over their last 11 games. The Canucks are an impressive 9-1-1 in December, though this is still the greatest 9-1-1 ever.
3 | Games in hand for the San Jose Sharks, who are tied with the Canucks in points. Even after their great run in December, the Canucks are still in fourth place in the Pacific division. The Western Conference is stupid: Canucks have the 8th best record in the NHL, but still sit in a wild card spot.
89.4% | The Canucks penalty kill has given up two goals in the last four games, but it’s still the best in the NHL.
73 | Chris Tanev’s blocked shots, tied for 16th in the NHL. While a large number of blocked shots can frequently be a bad sign, as it indicates that the puck is in your own end a lot when you’re on the ice, in Tanev’s case it’s because he is the Canucks’ best penalty killer and one of the best in the entire NHL. Tanev leads the Canucks in shorthanded time-on-ice, but has an even goal differential at 4-on-5.
52.6% | Tanev’s Corsi% — the percentage of shots when Tanev is on the ice that are taken by the Canucks, which is evidence that his high number of blocked shots are not an issue of puck possession. That’s the 6th highest Corsi on the team, but it’s worth noting that it’s the second highest from a defenceman. Ahead of him is Dan Hamhuis and Tanev is greatly benefitting from being his defence partner. With Hamhuis, Tanev’s Corsi% is 53.5%; without Hamhuis, Tanev is at 49.5%.
21:21 | Tanev’s average ice time in the month of December, over two minutes higher than his average for the season.
26:11 | Hamhuis’s average ice time in the month of December. Hamhuis has had some noticeable blunders this season, but part of the reason is because he’s getting so much ice time within which to blunder. Hamhuis actually leads all Canucks’ defencemen in Corsi% and the Canucks have out-shot the opposition by 75 shots when he has been on the ice this season. While we’re fully on board with praising Tanev, a big reason he’s been so good is that he’s spending a lot of time alongside the Canucks’ best defenceman.
4 | The number of goals Jason Garrison has scored this season. Also, it’s the number of goals Chris Tanev has scored this season. Wait, what?
.928 | Eddie Lack’s save percentage, 8th in the NHL. Lack has been a superb backup this season and, though it’s a bit unfair to make the comparison, has two more wins than Cory Schneider this season, despite Schneider starting more than twice as many games. Considering Schneider has allowed just 0.1 more goals per game than Lack, it’s got a lot more to do with goal support than Schneider’s performance.
33 | Henrik Sedin’s number and the point totals for both him and his brother. After an early imbalance that had some questioning whether Henrik’s game is more suited for John Tortorella’s system, Daniel has caught up in points. Now that they’re identical again, maybe they’ll be more in-sync on the ice as well.
2 | Bo Horvat’s goals in 3 pre-tournament games for Team Canada. His line with 16-year-old wunderkind Connor McDavid and top-ranked prospect for the 2014 draft, Sam Reinhart, is the only line that stayed intact during Canada’s 4-1 win over Switzerland and could be counted on to provide a lot of offence. Horvat scored a shorthanded goal against Switzerland and was 13-for-14 on faceoffs.
.950 | Joacim Eriksson’s save percentage for the Utica Comets over his last four games, all victories. In his last start, Eriksson shutout the Abbotsford Heat, one of the top-scoring teams in the AHL. Eriksson hasn’t had the best start to his first professional season in North America, partly due to the overall lousiness of the Comets, but he’s been lights out of late.Tags: Big Numbers