The last two games were really fun to watch, lets get that out of the way early on. Both Jennings winning goalies were on point in successive games proving why these two masked crusaders are the defending Jennings winners, having allowed the fewest goals in the post lock-out era at 180 for the season.
And that brings me to the real reason for my post. Now that our beloved Canucks are sitting on top of the Castle, looking down on all the dirty rascals, how do they compare to the top seven rascals in a few key statistics? Lets have a look!
No better place to start than Goals Against! (in honour of our Batman and Robin of the Blue Paint)
Vancouver has 151 goals against, good enough for 7th overall, but does that tell the whole story?
Top Seven in this category are:
Rangers 122 in 59...on pace for 170
Blues 123 in 61....on pace for 166
Kings 135 in 61...on pace for 182
Bruins 136 in 59...on pace for 190
Red Wings 145 in 62..on pace for 192
Sharks 149 in 59.....on pace for 208
Canucks 151 in 62...on pace for 200
With Luongo and Schneider's last combined 12 games GAA factored into the remaining 20 games they are on pace to allow only 38 more goals, and that puts them on pace for 189 and fourth best Goals Allowed on the season. There is no way they will win the Jennings again unless there is a catastrophic breakdown of the Blues and Rangers net-minding, but top four is pretty darn good, considering the third place kings in this category, may not even make the playoffs, effectively leaving the Canucks in 3rd place among playoff bound teams in this category.
Naturally, when talking about Goals Against, you must also look at Goals For, and in this one, we are NUMBER ONE in the league...here is the top 7:
Canucks 201 in 62...on pace for 266
Flyers 198 in 60....on pace for 271
Bruins 195 in 59...on pace for 272
Red Wings 194 in 62...on pace for 257
Blackhawks 192 in 62...on pace for 254
Senators 190 in 62...on pace for 252
Penguins 186 in 60...on pace for 255
With Vancouver scoring an average of only 2.82 goals in October, followed by 3.23 in Nov, 3.73 in Dec, 2.91 in January, and 3.33 so far in February we can see a pattern. They built up over three months, dropped a bit in the new year and recovered in Feb..if the pattern continues to build, (with the bulk of the games remaining at home it is likely to) We can expect around 70 more goals in the coming 20 games. More if they catch fire. The long and short of it is that Vancouver is a top three team in Goals For, and the two teams that could beat them overall are not only eastern teams, but over ten points each behind Vancouver in the standings, with only 20 games to go.
Lastly, for this thread, I will talk a bit about Goal Differential, the difference between goals for and goals against, as this is a natural extension of the two topics so far. I will stick with the 'top seven' theme, but in this category, with so few games remaining, this is really a race between 3 or maybe 4 teams for the top. Vancouver sits 2nd overall at the moment, and are likely to finish up or down one from there...
Bruins +59...on pace for 272-190 = +82
Canucks +50...on pace for 266-200 = +66
Red Wings +49...on pace for 257-192 = +65
Rangers +42...on pace for 228-170 = +58
Blues +32... on pace for 209-166 = +43
Penguins +26...on pace for 255-219 = +36
Sharks +23...on pace for 240-208 = +32
So right away, I would like to point out that if the goal tending trend continues, and the offensive trend continues, Vancouver is more likely to be, as stated, 271 Goals For minus 189 Goals Against, totaling +82 for the year, possibly tying the Boston Bruins for top spot!
Even without my Optimistic outlook on Goal tending and Offensive Production, Vancouver sits in the top three for goals for, fewest goals against, and scoring differential. Whats more is that only one Western Team is near them when all three stats are considered, and our Vancouver Canucks just beat that team, the Detroit Red Wings, In Detroit in a shoot out.
Its gonna be a fun ride folks, keep your arms and legs inside the bandwagon at all times!, Do not carry loose items in your pockets and kids you must be THIS excited to enjoy the ride!!
Edited by Primal Optimist, 25 February 2012 - 09:55 AM.