Popular Post Rindiculous Posted January 6, 2022 Popular Post Share Posted January 6, 2022 It's been a narrative since the beginning of the season. Most of us and the media thought we'd score a lot of goals, but we'd also allow a lot of goals. Of course, me being the optimist I am, I thought we'd be a really good team 5 on 5 scoring a lot of goals and not allowing a lot of goals because I thought we significantly upgraded our defense core with OEL while having a passable right side with Hamonic and Poolman. I don't think anyone expected our offense to tank this hard so I guess I was half right lol. However, getting close to the halfway point of the season, we have completely turned the narrative on its head. We can't seem to score a lot of goals at 5 on 5, but we're still a slightly above average 5 on 5 team with a +2 goal differential at 5 on 5. This is due to our excellent goaltending at 5 on 5 in Demko and our team defense at 5 on 5 being above average. We are actually the 3rd best team in the NHL only allowing 50 5 on 5 goals, with only Carolina and Calgary ahead of us while playing 3 fewer games than us. I only realized this after seeing in 31 Thoughts this week that OEL had only been on the ice for 9 5 on 5 goals this year (2 last game against the Kraken), the only defenseman fewer than 10 this year with at least 500 5 on 5 minutes played. Despite the numbers, the media still considers our defense 'meh' to 'yikes' to 'ugly'. Even the last couple days, I've heard almost every radio show or talking head describe our defense that way. However, by the eye test, especially post Boudreau, our defense has looked as sound as any team in the league and the numbers show it. The worst our defense has been by the numbers is average, and that's still way better than the rest of the media has described it. So why do the media keep harping on the defense, despite us being one of the lowest scoring teams in the league and arguing that we need defensive upgrades when the defense has been the only thing with our team that has been good this year? We're currently 12th in xGA/60 at 5 on 5. So at worst we have the 12th best defense in the NHL which is way better than 'meh' to 'yikes' to 'ugly' and that's not including the Demko factor at 5 on 5. So what do the Canucks have to do to appease everyone that we're not a Montreal, Ottawa, or Edmonton tire fire defensively? 4 1 2 3 4 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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