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Sunday, January 16

Canucks By The Numbers: Taking Fewer Penalties Less Than One Killer

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Reducing the time a man was overlooked under newly hired head coach Bruce Boudreau has had many positive knock-on effects.

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Do you want a better death penalty? Start by taking fewer penalties.

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That’s an adage that has been said by the two men who have served as the Vancouver Canucks’ head coach this season.

Travis Green couldn’t get his team to take fewer penalties. Bruce Boudreau, it seems, has.

Before Green was fired as head coach on Dec. 5, the Canucks were averaging 9:48 penalty minutes per game. And they also had the worst penalty in the league.

Since Boudreau was signed, the Canucks have had just 6:38 penalty minutes per game. And they have vastly improved their penalty.

This reduction in the time a man is overlooked has also had positive effects. The Canucks are playing at a faster “pace” in terms of shot attempts in 5-on-5, and those shots are proving to be of higher quality overall than they were under Green.

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According to data tracked by Natural Stat Trick, Canucks games feature 10 more shots for and against combined at 5-on-5 in the Boudreau era than under Green.

And that matches what Boudreau has said he wants to see: more shots, which he has accepted will come with compensation on the defensive end.

When asked how his team has adjusted their efforts under his watch, Boudreau said he’s happy so far.

“I like the opportunities we are having. We’d like to have more,” he said Friday after practice at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. “We would like to funnel more disks to the network. We would like to have more traffic in front of the network. And we’d like to have more routine play when he gets to the front of the net so we can get those greasy goals, but we’re doing a good job at the moment. We’re just not achieving any goals.”

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Under Green, the Canucks and their opponents combined for 87 shot attempts per 5-on-5 game. Under Boudreau, that increased to 97 shot attempts 5-on-5 per game. That’s largely a result of the Canucks playing less one man.

Playing “faster”—that is, generating more shots—can come with risks, as pushing for more on offense leaves you vulnerable to turnovers and run attempts at the other end.

But so far, the trade is working out in the Canucks’ favor.

According to the Natural Stat Trick expected goals model, the Canucks are now creating slightly more scoring chances than they are allowing, worth about 2.15 goals per game for and about two goals per game in against. With Green, their expected goals, based on the shots they were taking, were worth around 1.73 goals per game, compared to the shots that allowed them to create an expected goals against of 1.88.

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Veteran analysts working for teams will caution against using public expected goals models as a dangerous game, as they don’t include things like passing or player location data, they only deal with shot probabilities outside of shooting locations during the last decade or so.

But overall, the consensus from a handful of league scouts is that the Canucks are playing a little better. The eye test suggests this, the numbers back it up.

That said, the new numbers tell us that they’re a mid-pack team and if they’re going to join the league’s elite, they need to start outshooting and outscoring their opponents much more frequently than they have been.

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ICE CHUNKS : Boudreau said seventh linebacker Kyle Burroughs was likely to participate in one of the two matinee games the Canucks will play this weekend, Saturday against Carolina and Sunday in Washington, DC against the Capitals … Boudreau said he was less likely to get wingers Alex Chiasson or Sheldon Rempal (who’s on the taxi team) in the lineup, given how hard his third and fourth lines were working. … The Canucks announced Friday that next Friday’s scheduled home game against the Florida Panthers will be the 10th-anniversary edition of their night of mental health-focused hockey talks. As it stands, the 50 percent capacity limit imposed by the province to limit transmission of the Omicron variant expires on Tuesday, but Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the possibility of extending that was under review. restriction and that more details would be known on Tuesday.

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