On the Canucks newly found mean streak

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke weighs in on the antics surrounding last night’s game with the Los Angeles Kings, and provides insight on the Canucks newly found mean streak. The good, the bad and the ugly… it’s all there, in detail, for your reading pleasure. The Sedins not only aren’t fighters, but they shouldn’t have to be.

Know Your Enemy: The New Orleans Saints

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke dissects the New Orleans Saints, so as to better prepare you for the Seattle Seahawks match with them Saturday at Century Link Field. Detailed are not only how the Saints got to this point, but how exactly the Seahawks can beat them.

The Canucks Fan Olympic Primer

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at both former and current Canucks to provide you with a comprehensive primer for the upcoming 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. Players are listed by status within the organization and nation to provide the perfect Vancouverite’s guide to 2014 Games.

Does Dan Hamhuis Belong on Team Canada?

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a lot at whether Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis has a shot at making the Canadian Olympic hockey team. Compelling arguments are raised, while an interesting case is presented; the problem being, Canada just has a lot of really darn good defenceman. Hamhuis is in tough.

Is Chris Tanev having a breakout season for Van City?

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the breakout campaign that Christopher Tanev is in, and muses on whether the Canucks can expect more from their young, undrafted defenceman. He’s playing the toughest competition of his career, mostly with Dan Hamhuis, and holding his own quite well. His offensive upside is looked at, as Tanev is on pace for the best season offensively of his young career as well.

Vancouver has a Zack Kassian conundrum

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NWSB Blogger and Insider J.D. Burke offers his opinion on the Zack Kassian conundrum and argues that he should be the recipient of better ice-time, with better line-mates. The numbers suggest that Kassian, while not necessarily a possession stud, doesn’t drag down Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin when asked to line up alongside them. For this reason and many more, that’s where he should land. Read on, for more.

Forced into the spotlight on Monday night: Byron Maxwell

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NWSB Insider and Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at Byron Maxwell’s rise to prominence as the Seahawks get ready to face the New Orleans Saints in prime time. The implications of recent suspensions to members of Seattle’s defensive backfield are looked at in full in this piece that showcases Maxwell’s numbers. JD points out there is a lot to like in Maxwell’s game, but his ability to not give up the play is paramount.

Good News! The Canucks will turn it around!

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the Vancouver Canucks underlying numbers and determines that they are a considerably better hockey team than their record would indicate. Using possession metrics and graphs, J.D. shows that the Canucks have actually been controlling play for the majority of this streak and by all means should turn it around and work their way back into the playoff picture. Get it in gear Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler.

Assessing the Seahawks defensive backfield post-suspensions

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NWSB insider and Seahawks blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at how the suspensions to Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond will affect Seattle’s secondary. Taking a look at organizational options and free agency, the depth chart and how it will be arranged is all looked at in depth. Is the return of Antoine Winfield on the horizon? SSeahawks have activated DeShawn Shead off their practice squad. Tharold Simon, a fifth-round pick is finally practicing.

Should the Vancouver Canucks Trade for Martin Erat?

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Vancouver Canucks blogger & insider J.D. Burke examines whether it would be a worthwhile endeavor for the Canucks to try and trade for Martin Erat of the Washington Capitals. Under the right circumstances, such a deal could work, but the question of whether it is worth while or not is explored in depth. His Corsi Rel. (which is his Corsi relative to the team without him on the ice) is 2.4%, which suggests he’s not a possession liability to his club.

Looking at the Canucks at the quarter-ish way mark

Daniel Sedin needs to get his game going after putting up points in Sochi.

NWSB insider and Canucks blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the Vancouver Canucks, using advanced statistics to highlight the good, the bad and the ugly to this point in their season. The play of Ryan Stanton, Jason Garrison, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler and many more Canucks are looked at in depth to provide perspective on how each is performing.

The Seahawks Week 10 stats don’t lie – vs. Atlanta Falcons

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NWSB Insider & Seattle Seahawks blogger JD Burke takes a look at the statistical standouts from the Seattle Seahawks week 10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on the road. Atoning for his lackluster play calling of late, Darrell Bevell ran the ball often and well, with tons of help from his suddenly good offensive line. The main focus of this blog though is the Seahawks pass attack, which was absurdly good on Sunday.