Thought #14: Speaking Numbers
As I close, let me throw some incredible numbers at you.
How does Yannick Weber not have a goal this entire season? 44 games and 63 shots, and he still has yet to register a goal. In the same boat, how does Alex Biega not have a goal either? He also has played 44 games and has 57 shots! Crazier to think, how does Ben Hutton have just ONE GOAL? Hutton has had 96 shots and has the lowest shooting percentage that is above zero — 1 percent.
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Bo Horvat has the worst plus-minus of the league at minus-35. He has 33 points, 11 of which has come on the power play. That means that he has contributed to 22 even strength goals, but also means that he was scored against 57 times this season. That, folks, is ridiculous.
The Canucks are the league-worst team in faceoffs this year at 45.3 percent win rate. The Canucks have the second-worst shooting percentage (which talks a lot about a team’s offensive skillset) at 7.9 percent. The Toronto Maple Leafs are just behind at 7.6 percent.
For all the whining about how the league is against the Canucks, Vancouver ranks among the top third of the league in the least penalties called against. The Canucks were just shorthanded 227 times this season.
But on the other side, the Canucks have not had many calls CALLED for them. Vancouver has only had 223 powerplay opportunities, which is 24th in the league.
Lastly, the Canucks no longer have the worst overtime record in the league. The Canucks have been surpassed (thankfully) by the Carolina Hurricanes, the Nashville Predators, and the Philadelphia Flyers.
And that is it for the Easter long-read edition of the Canucklehead Lament. Dear Vancouverite, have you 14 thoughts for the remaining 14 days of the season now?