THE BIG NUMBERS
Here are some numbers to fill you with Christmas cheer — if you haven’t had your fill yet.
In their last three games, the Canucks combined for just 51 shots on goal. They allowed 103 shots on goal. Yes. They were outshot by a (slightly) greater than 2-1 margin by the three California teams, which means — silver lining alert! — they were extremely lucky to get three out of a possible six points.
In this case, luck goes by the name of Ryan Miller, who had a .942 save percentage in those three games. He’s been mediocre for most of this season, but has been legitimately great since Christmas. That brings his season save percentage up to .911 on the season, which is still below average, but it’s a lot more respectable than it was before the holidays.
Canucks have eight more games against the Sharks, Kings, and Ducks. It’s also the number of points the Canucks have gained in seven games against those teams so far. They’ve been fortunate to do so. How they perform in those eight remaining games against these three teams will likely determine where the Canucks finish in the Pacific Division.
Canucks’ total power-play time in those three games. They got five seconds of PP time against the Ducks, then scored 80 seconds into their one power play against L.A. Two ways to look at this: Canucks have been unlucky (or, for the conspiracy theorists out there, treated unfairly by the refs), or they just haven’t played well enough to draw penalties.
Nick Bonino has just two points in his last 13 games. After 19 points in his first 23 games (and endless comparisons to Ryan Kesler’s point total), Bonino has gone bone dry.