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Canucks are the best even strength team in the league

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At the quarter mark of the season, the team's 5-5 F/A is 2.1. 21 goals for and 10 against (0.83 GA/G).

Anaheim (which the Canucks drubbed 5-0 most recently) is second at 1.71.

The Canucks are also the only team in the league to have given up more powerplay goals than even strength goals (10 and 11). Some of this can be blamed on the usual slow start to the season.

The total goals scored per game is a respectable 2.75, and the goals against per game an excellent 1.92, split between two elite goaltenders.

All of this while missing 2/3 of the second line, and the Sedins yet to heat up.

Many, many positive signs so far!

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I'm surprised that our pp is operating at 17%. It's so cringe worthy. Hopefully with the return of Kes, and Booth will quell the pp struggles.

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At the quarter mark of the season, the team's 5-5 F/A is 2.1. 21 goals for and 10 against (0.83 GA/G).

Anaheim (which the Canucks drubbed 5-0 most recently) is second at 1.71.

The Canucks are also the only team in the league to have given up more powerplay goals than even strength goals (10 and 11). Some of this can be blamed on the usual slow start to the season.

The total goals scored per game is a respectable 2.75, and the goals against per game an excellent 1.92, split between two elite goaltenders.

All of this while missing 2/3 of the second line, and the Sedins yet to heat up.

Many, many positive signs so far!

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And when we get the 2/3 of our second line back, and the Sedins sync up...the offensive categories will catapult. The amazing thing is they win without 2 very good players not even on the ice, with the Sedins slumping a bit.

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It's not that great because that means our pk/pp has allowed 15 goals

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I've been saying for some time that the NHL is headed towards a more defensive type of game. The post 2005 lockout, speed and skill hockey is over. The players are being slowed down by a little hold here a hook there, especially on the fore check. It was only a matter of time as the speed in the game was causing a lot of injuries. It was particularly tough on Dmen when they went to retrieve the puck after a shoot in/dump in.

If the Canucks want to win the Cup they will have to play a trap type system over a more exciting and fun to watch system they've employed since MG took over as GM.

The Canucks have the team, including goal tending to be the best defensive team in the league. I think this is the way to success after the Bruins and Kings won the Cup past 2 seasons.

They made some move towards a more defensive game last year and its all defense this year. Casual fans who think Sedins are over the hill need to know its the system they play for their lack of production. Just like OV's scoring dropped past 2 seasons playing in a trap system the Sedins scoring will be down this year again.

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Its also good meaning we don't need to rely on the unreliable refs to give us PP's anymore.

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Luongo's even strength SV % = .970

Unreal.

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Yeah, once we get Kesler back (not sure Booth will have an impact), our power play improves and we actually start to win some faceoffs, we will be in pretty good shape!

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This is very encouraging.

The Canucks led the league in almost every major statistical category during the 2010-11 season. Even strength goal differential was the main exception. Boston led in that category.

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Well, I'd guess so.

Discounting the 1st game of the season when we gave up 7 goals to Anaheim, we have subsequently only given up 18 total goals in 11 games.

That's right, 18 goals in the last 11 games, including when we gave up 4 against SJ.

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It's a good indication, but it's not the be all end all. The cup is difficult to win, the team needs to continue to improve their anticipation of puck movement, and remaining unpredictable in their skating, passing, shooting.

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pretty good attribute to have once the post season begins.

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what is amazing is that we have a small rookie centre (schroeder) that hasnt been on the ice for a goal against this season. the team defense plus goaltending really has been amazing.

We have stopped giving up 2on1's and breakaways and when we do have a breakdown our goalies have been outstanding. great to see.

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I noticed we aren't overkilling the drop pass.

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