Game Day: Calgary at Vancouver In Preseason Tilt

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andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

October 6, 2016

Game Time: 7:00 PM PST
Location: Rogers Arena
TV: Sportsnet 360
Radio: TSN 1040

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What’s Up?:

Vancouver (1-2-2=4 pts) play the Calgary Flames (3–3–0 =6 pts) in the second  and last meeting between the two teams in preseason play. On September 30, Calgary defeated Vancouver 2-1 handing the Canucks their first loss on the road in regulation play.

The Canucks have lost their last three games, and four of their five preseason games, including a 4-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night.

This preseason Vancouver special teams are 3 for 21 on the power play (13th in the NHL preseason) with 23 shots for and none against.

The penalty kill is 20 for 28 (28th in the NHL preseason) with 5 shots for, 31 against and two shorthanded goals (one an empty net goal).

The Flames play their second game in two nights, having played the Arizona Coyotes last night at the Scotiabank Saddledome, winning in a shootout 2-1.

Calgary is 1-1-0 on the road in preseason while Vancouver is 1-1-1 at home.

What’s at stake:

Anton Rodin has a 4-game points streak going into tonight’s game (2-3=5 pts) and will be trying to extend it against the Flames.

Vancouver will be looking to end its three game losing streak with a victory tonight and even up their preseason series against the Flames at a win apiece.

Vancouver special teams are critical and in need major reversal as the trend right now is in the wrong direction:

  • Canucks power play was 0 for 5 on the power play with 6 shots on net in the last meeting with Calgary on September 30.
    • Since that game, Vancouver’s power play is scarcely registering, at 1 for 9: 11-percent, with 10 shots on net in the two games since.
    • Overall, power play is 3 for 21: 14.3 percent.
  • The Vancouver penalty kill is 6 for 11: 55-percent with 16 shots against in the last two games after going 14 for 17: 82.4-percent, with 15 shots against, the three games before (Calgary, Edmonton and San Jose).
    • Overall, penalty kill is 20 for 28: 71.4 percent.

Canucks At A Glance:

  • The Canucks are tied with Calgary for the NHL preseason lead in penalty minutes per game, averaging 18.8 minutes each.
  • Vancouver are leading the NHL in preseason with the most hits per game at 27.8
  • Canucks have the 17th best face-off winning percentage in NHL preseason at 49.7 percent.
  • Vancouver are in the middle of the pack in the NHL preseason in goals per game this preseason, averaging 2.4 g/gp.
  • Nikita Tryamkin is tied for 2nd in NHL preseason hits per game with 4 hits/gm. Tuomo Ruutu is next on the Canucks with an average of 3.3 hits per game.
  • Alex Edler is tied for 3rd most in NHL preseason assists with 4.
  • Bo Horvat has the 5th most face-off wins in NHL preseason with 35.
  • Tuomo Ruutu is tied for the 6th most hits in NHL preseason with 13; Nikita Tryamkin has 12.
  • Markus Granlund is tied for 4rth most takeaways in NHL preseason with 4.

Potential Canucks Lines:

DSedin-HSedin-Eriksson
Rodin-Sutter-Hansen
Baertschi-Granlund-Virtanen
Burrows-Horvat-Skille

Edler-Tanev
Hutton-Gudbranson
Sbisa-Larsen

Miller
Markstrom

Potential Flames Lines:

Shinkaruk-Monahan-Vey
Higgins-Backlund-Korpikoski
Bouma-Stajan-Ferland
Bollig-Hamilton-Chiasson

Jokipakka-Wideman
Wotherspoon-Hamilton
Grossman-Kulak

Chad Johnson

They Said It:

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