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Startling:
The Canucks went on a 14 game road trip before and after the 2010 Olympic break.

First Game Back

Experts often remind us that the Canucks always struggle in their first game at home after a road trip. The facts, however, tell a different story. In their first eight seasons in the NHL, the Canucks actually performed better in their first game back from a road trip than in other games during a homestand. During the 1980's, the Canucks did struggle a bit in their first game back, but they didn't do much better in other home games. In recent seasons, it's been a toss-up between the two categories.

Up to 2009-10, the Canucks have done better after a road trip in 22 of those seasons. In 16 seasons, the Canucks performed better if the previous game was at home. In one case (1993-94), the records were identical. Overall, however, their record after a road trip is very similar to their record when the previous game was at home. In 2009-10, the Canucks went an amazing 13-1-0 in games after a trip.


Winning Percentages
  Length of Road Trip (Games) Road/ Home/
Season 1 2 3 4 5+ Home Home
1970-71
1971-72
1972-73
1973-74
1974-75
.600
.333
.875
.500
1.000
.625
.643
.500
.250
1.000
.400
.250
.643
.500
1.000
.000
--
.000
.500
.250
1.000
.250
1.000
.500
.667
.531
.441
.667
.462
.792
.457
.409
.375
.442
.571
1975-76
1976-77
1977-78
1978-79
1979-80
.875
.500
.250
.167
1.000
.500
.500
.000
.500
--
.750
.667
.625
.500
1.000
--
.500
--
.000
.500
1.000
1.000
.750
.667
.500
.719
.654
.545
.429
.611
.583
.278
.448
.481
.419
1980-81
1981-82
1982-83
1983-84
1984-85
.100
.643
.563
.556
.214
.750
.667
.625
--
.000
1.000
.000
.000
.000
.500
.833
1.000
.000
.333
.000
.500
.875
.667
.000
.000
.500
.688
.529
.353
.167
.596
.625
.652
.696
.580
1985-86
1986-87
1987-88
1988-89
1989-90
.563
.429
.556
.100
.333
1.000
1.000
.125
--
.750
.000
.500
.000
.000
.500
.000
.000
.167
.375
.250
.333
.500
.500
1.000
.667
.406
.467
.342
.385
.536
.542
.480
.524
.630
.423
1990-91
1991-92
1992-93
1993-94
1994-95
.357
.833
.900
.357
.750
.500
--
1.000
.500
.500
--
1.000
.500
1.000
.667
.500
.500
.333
1.000
1.000
.000
.375
1.000
.500
--
.344
.688
.750
.500
.650
.625
.646
.680
.500
.464
1995-96
1996-97
1997-98
1998-99
1999-00
.750
.167
.375
1.000
.333
.875
.500
.125
.313
1.000
.250
.500
.417
.000
--
.000
1.000
--
--
.500
.250
.000
.500
.625
.333
.464
.367
.344
.500
.429
.444
.635
.438
.354
.574
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
.625
.750
.833
.000
.375
.667
1.000
.500
.667
1.000
.500
.700
1.000
1.000
.667
.000
.500
.333
.500
.000
.600
.667
.714
.412
.615
.611
.556
.729
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09
2009-10
1.000
1.000
.400
--
1.000
.625
.600
1.000
.500
.750
.600
.750
.625
1.000
--
1.000
.625
.500
1.000
1.000
1.000
1.000
--
.833
1.000
.767
.714
.618
.538
.929
.635
.667
.542
.696
.685
Overall .530 .573 .532 .479 .558 .538 .547

Column Headings
Length of Road Trip (Games): Winning percentage in first game back after a road trip of the specified length of games
Road/Home: Overall winning percentage in the first game back after a road trip (of any length)
Home/Home: Winning percentage in home games preceded by another home game.

Notes
All stats are for regular season games only.
These stats use the NHL standard winning percentage, not the adjusted winning percentage seen on other pages of this site.

A winning percentage of .000 means the Canucks did not earn any points in that situation. For example, the Canucks went on three one-game road trips in 2003-04 and lost every game at home following those trips. A winning percentage of -- means the Canucks did not play any games in that situation. For example, the Canucks did not take any one-game road trips in 2008-09.

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This page last updated July 29, 2010