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.
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.
NWSB Insider & Seattle Seahawks blogger JD Burke takes a look at some of the personnel matchups that will decide Sunday’s game in Houston as the Seahawks face the Texans. Could this be a preview of an eventual Super Bowl? It’s too hard to tell, but if it is, the matchups highlighted in this article will provide valuable insight into who has the upper-hand. Deandre Hopkins vs. Richard Sherman is a key matchup to watch this morning.
NWSB Insider & Seattle Seahawks blogger J.D. Burke weighs in with the status of the quarterbacks for the Seahawks in 2013. What’s not to love about 2nd year QB Russell Wilson. The absurdly good numbers Wilson was able to tally in the second half of last season surely have 12′s everywhere expecting much of the same for all 16 games this season. There is of course the ongoing battle between Tarvaris Jackson and Brady Quinn for the role of backup…isn’t there?