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

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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
TV: CBC
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.

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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.

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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.

Records:
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
#50Gaunce-#20Sutter-#36Hansen
#47Baertschi-#60Granlund-#18Virtanen
#14Burrows-#53Horvat-#15Dorsett

13th Forward: #9Skille

#23Edler-#8Tanev
#27Hutton-#44Gudbranson
#5Sbisa-#63Larsen
#88Tryamkin-#55Biega

#30Miller
#25Markstrom

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