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Canucks vs Hawks

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by davepoleck

Speaking of the highest paid players in the game, Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks face off against their Playoff kryptonite, the Chicago Blackhawks. Luongo’s struggles against the Hawks have been well documented, mainly because they were the team that knocked Vancouver out of  the post season the past two seasons. Starting with their second round series in 2008-09, here is how Luongo has fared against Chicago:

2008-09 Playoffs

W: 5-3. 0.903%
L: 3-6. 0.839%
W: 3-1. 0.958%
OTL: 1-2. 0.929%
L: 2-4. 0.897%
L: 5-7. 0.767%

2009-10 Season

W: 3-2. 0.900%
L: 0-1. 0.941%
W: 5-1. 0.977%
L: 3-6. 0.643%

2009-10 Playoffs

W: 5-1. 0.973%
L: 2-4. 0.909%
L: 2-5. 0.857%
L: 4-7. 0.818%
W: 4-1. 0.967%
L: 1-5. 0.857%

That comes out to a record of 6-9-1, with the Hawks scoring an average of 4.5 goals in the games that they win. Tonight’s regular season game pales in comparison to the intensity and pressure of the Playoffs, but I found it interesting that in the two games where Vancouver were knocked out of the Playoffs, Luongo let in a total of 12 goals.

While a lot of the blame does fall on the shoulders of Luongo, and even more because he was the captain last year, you also have to look at how the Sedin’s have been somewhat contained over their two series against Chicago. In 2008-09, Henrik had three goals and three assists, while Daniel only had three assists over the first five games of the series, then finally scored two in their 7-5 elimination loss. Last season, Henrik again led the way with two goals and four assists (way below his 1.36 points per game average from the season); Daniel only had one goal and three assists over six games.

Time For a Change

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by davepoleck

It took less than a week, but the NHL has its’ first controversial goal of the 2010 Playoffs.

Just under three minutes into the third period of a 4-2 game, the puck was centred in front of the Kings’ net, hit a stopping Henrik Sedin’s skate and went into the net. After a very, very lengthy review, it was eventually ruled no goal. Although this decision may have not affected the outcome of the game, it still cause about a 10 minute break just moments into the final period.

I for one, believe that the goal should have counted. Kicking and stopping are two completely different actions and should be treated differently by the NHL.  Mike Murphy, current VP of hockey operations, said that “it wasn’t a distinct kicking motion, but a kicking motion nonetheless”. I don’t think that just because his foot was making a forward motion means that it should be deemed a kick. This was a definite stop.

My other issue with this ruling is that I don’t even think it should be there in the first place. The NHL’s mandate since the 2004-05 lockout has been to increase scoring and speed up the game; so what is the big deal of allowing a goal that is kicked in by a player. Not allowing this actually contradicts their entire position because it slows down the game while at the same time decreasing scoring.

As long as the foot stays along the ice (for safety reasons), kicking should be allowed in my books.