Game Day Preview: Canucks Square Off Against Flames To Begin 47th NHL Season


Vancouver square off against longtime rivals Calgary Flames tonight at Rogers Arena in the Canucks season opener

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

October 15, 2016

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

What’s Up?:

Vancouver (0-0-0=0 pts) play the Calgary Flames (0–2–0 =0 pts) in the Canucks 2016-17 season opener at Rogers Arena tonight.

The Flames began their NHL season on Wednesday night and dropped a 7-4 decision in the Oilers’ inaugural game at Rogers Place, and were looking to bounce back in their home opener Friday night.

Instead the Oilers bounced them 5-3, taking the home-away series, and leaving them winless to start the season. Brian Elliott stopped 24 of 28 shots in the loss.


The Canucks will be trying to take advantage of the Flames woes and their playing on back-to-back nights, as Vancouver are well rested having played their last preseason contest on October 8 against the Edmonton Oilers.

Vancouver will have to watch they are not caught flat-footed so-to-speak, with a week between games, and having to shake off the cob webs.

Ryan Miller will be the starting goaltender for the Canucks.


Chad Johnson will be in net for Calgary.

Vancouver have opened up previous seasons against Calgary, sporting a 5-1-0 record and are 2-0-0 in home season openers against the Flames in the 21st century:

  • on October 7, 2015, the Canucks dropped the Flames 5-1 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
  • on October 8, 2014, Vancouver doused the Flames 4-2 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
  • on October 1, 2009, Calgary knocked off the Canucks 5-3 at Pengrowth Saddledome.
  • on October 8, 2008, Vancouver beat down the Flames 6-0 at General Motors Place.
  • on October 3, 2003, the Canucks held off Calgary 4-1 at General Motors Place.
  • on October 10, 2002, Vancouver thrashed the Flames 3-0 at Pengrowth Saddledome.

What’s at stake:

Vancouver would like a winning start to their new season, and make it three consecutive season opening wins, all against the Flames.

More important is starting off the new season with a win at home, after Rogers Arena was not so good to the Canucks last season.

Vancouver play 7 of their 9 games in October at home to begin the season, and would like to abuse home ice advantage to their benefit as getting off to a fast start to the new season would build confidence, team unity and a winning attitude.

Calgary: 0-2-0 (Road: 0-1-0)
Vancouver: 0-0-0 (Home: 0-0-0)

Team:         GP  SF  SA   PP    PK    PIM     CF         CA        SCF  SCA   
Calgary           2    76   57     1-8   7-10     31     124(93)   100(67)   22      31
Vancouver     0     0     0     0-0   0-0       0          0(0)         0(0)       0       0
                                                              5v5 stats in parenthesis for CF & CA

Canucks At A Glance:

  • Loui Ericksson plays his first regular season game tonight as a Vancouver Canuck.
  • Jack Skille will wear number-9; Anton Rodin number-17; and Tom Nilsson number-41 this season.
  • Anton Rodin and Tom Nilsson start the season on injured reserve.
  • The Canucks play back-to-back games on Opening Weekend hosting the Calgary Flames at 7:00 pm on tonight; and then Carolina Hurricanes  tomorrow night at 7:00 pm.
  • Canucks home record last season was 15-21-5 at Rogers Arena.
  • The Canucks open with a four-game homestand starting tonight, then go on a brief two game road trip to California, before finishing the month of October with three more home games.
  • Vancouver will play games on consecutive nights nine times in the first three months of the season; five times in the first five weeks of the season.
  • Canucks play their first 38 games in 78 days, which include two road trips of 6 games (Nov 2-10) and 5 games (Dec 6-13).
  • A number of Canucks are chasing career milestones:
    • Daniel Sedin 1,200 games played (57 needed), 400 goals (45 needed, unlikely as it is), 600 assists (13 needed), 1,000 points (58 needed), 80 GWG (2 needed).
    • Henrik Sedin: 1,200 games played (34 needed), 250 goals (28 needed), 800 assists (52 needed), 1,000 points (30 needed).
    • Alex Edler 700 games played (80 needed), 300 points (21 needed).
    • Jannik Hansen: 100 goals (1 needed).
    • Loui Ericksson:  250 goals (38 needed), 300 assists (8 needed).
    • Alex Burrows: 800 games played (33 needed), 200 goals (16 needed), 200 assists (20 needed), 400 points (36 needed).
    • Ryan Miller: 350 wins (10 needed).
    • Derek Dorsett: 500 games played (19 needed), 100 assists (29 needed).
    • Ben Hutton: 100 games played (25 needed), 10 goals (9 needed), 50 assists (26 needed).
    • Jacob Markstrom: 100 games played (17 needed), 5,000 minutes (572 needed).
    • Luca Sbisa: 400 games played (17 needed), 100 points (25 needed).
    • Brandon Sutter: 100 games played as a Canucks (80 needed).
    • Chris Tanev: 300 games played (5 needed), 20 goals scored (6 needed).
    • Jake Virtanen: 100 games played (45 needed).

Potential Canucks Lines:

#22D. Sedin-#33H.Sedin-#21Ericksson

13th Forward: #9Skille



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