4:00 – In his last 10 games Vancouver Canucks defenseman Yannick Weber has logged an average of more than four additional minutes of all-situations ice time than he logged in his first 10 games of the season. The 26-year-old defender has played his way into Vancouver’s top-four, earning more ice as the season has gone on:
Weber also leads all Canucks blue-liners in goals scored with nine. Worth considering as you ponder your vote for the Fred J. Hume unsung player of the year award (voting closes at midnight tonight!).
0:25 – Speaking of ice time, during Monday night’s Canucks shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings - with the Kings pressing late in regulation - Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins turned to a 20-year-old rookie to help close out the game.
Bo Horvat had a solid defensive outing all-around and was ultimately entrusted with playing the final 25 seconds of that game, helping to ensure that the Canucks got at least a crucial point from the contest. As the season has gone on Horvat has earned more and more responsibility from the Canucks coaching staff, but helping to secure a point late in the club’s biggest game of the season? That was something else.
17 – Also for your ‘unsung hero’ awards voting consideration: Canucks forward Derek Dorsett, who has spent much of the season playing on his off-wing, is second among all NHL players in fights this season with 17. In those 17 fights he’s managed an 8-6-3 win/loss record, according to hockeyfights.com.
11 – The Canucks are the only team in the NHL with 11 forwards on the roster who have scored at least 10 goals this season: Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Radim Vrbata, Shawn Matthias, Chris Higgins, Jannik Hansen, Linden Vey, Nick Boninio, Alex Burrows, Zack Kassian and Horvat. That’s scoring depth unlike anything we’ve seen in Vancouver in a long, long time.
20.29 – Though the Canucks power play as a whole has been roughly league average, the club’s first unit has been dynamic. Currently Vrbata has the second highest shots on goal rate among all NHL forwards who have logged at least 150 minutes in 5-on-4 situations this season, behind only Washington Capitals surface-to-air rocket launcher Alex Ovechkin.
5.07 – Daniel Sedin has become the club’s primary playmaker on the power play, it would seem. Daniel’s rate of over five assists per 60 minutes of 5-on-4 ice-time is the fifth best mark in the league, behind only Claude Giroux, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Backstrom. His brother Henrik comes it at an assist rate of 4.6, which is tied for the seven best power-play assist rate in the league.
3.07 – When Vrbata plays with Bonino at 5-on-5, which he’s done for nearly 254 minutes this season, the Canucks manufacture over three goals rated per 60 minutes of even-strength ice time.
2.00 – When Vrbata plays with Henrik and Daniel Sedin at 5-on-5, which he’s done for nearly 540 minutes this season, the Canucks manufacture two goals per 60 minutes of ice time, or at a significantly lower rate than when Vrbata plays with Bonino.
75% - The Canucks are now 75 percent likely to faceoff against the Calgary Flames in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, according to hockeystats.ca. There is no longer any scenario in which Vancouver’s first-round playoff opponent will be a team other than Los Angeles or Calgary.
Vancouver’s two divisional and possible playoff opponents play each other on Thursday night, so you may want to keep an eye on the score as you watch the Canucks take on the Arizona Coyotes.
21 – Since Ryan Miller sustained his knee injury on February 22, 2015, Vancouver netminder Eddie Lack has appeared in 21 games. Among all NHL goaltenders only Minnesota Wild season savior Devan Dubnyk has played more often during that span.
669 – In Lack’s 21 games since Miller went down with injury, he’s faced 669 shots in all situations. No goaltender in hockey has seen that much rubber over the past six weeks.
.924 – In his 21 games since February 22, Lack has managed a sparkling .924 save percentage, the 13th best save percentage among NHL goaltenders who have logged over 500 minutes in net over the past six weeks. Mr. Lack has been pretty good, you guys.
100% - Vancouver clinched a playoff berth on Tuesday thanks to the Edmonton Oilers beating the Kings.
It’s been a while, but are you ready for some playoff hockey?