By Andrew Chernoff
October 16, 2016
Game Time: 7:00 PM PST
Location: Rogers Arena
TV: Sportsnet 1
Radio: TSN 1040
Vancouver (1-0-0=2 pts) play their second of four consecutive home games to start the season, taking on the Carolina Hurricanes (0-0-1=1pts) at Rogers Arena.
Vancouver hosted Calgary in their season/home opener at Rogers Arena, defeating their division rivals in a 2-1 shootout, handing the Flames their third consecutive loss of the season.
Canucks top line of the Sedins and Loui Ericksson scored the 1-1 goal with 3:51 left in the game. With a scoreless overtime, the game would be decided in the shootout when Brandon Sutter would pot the winning goal, for Vancouver’s first victory of the season at home.
The Hurricanes played their season opener on the road on Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets, in the first game of a 6 game road trip, blowing a three goal, 4-1 lead, losing in overtime 5-4.
Jeff Skinner and Lee Stempniak each had a goal and an assist for Carolina. Jordan Staal and Victor Rask also scored for the Hurricanes. Goalie Cam Ward stopped 21 shots in the loss.
Carolina is hoping for better fortune tonight in the second game of four on their Western Canada road swing, while Vancouver will be doing all they can to hand them their second consecutive loss to start the season.
Eddie Lack is expected to get the start in net for the Hurricanes, while it is possible that Jacob Markstrom could start for the Canucks.
What’s at stake:
Vancouver would like to keep winning, and make it back-to-back victories on home ice, and build on the momentum of the emotional win against Calgary last night.
Vancouver power play was 0 for 3 last night, and the concern of the Canucks man advantage woes continuing need to be nipped in the bud, if Canucks management are really serious of making the playoffs.
Carolina: 0-0-1 (Road: 0-0-1)
Vancouver: 1-0-0 (Home: 1-0-0)
Quick Stats: SF SA PP PK PIM CF CA SCF SCA HITS
Carolina 27 26 2-4 4-5 12 56(42) 46(29) 13 16 15
Vancouver 31 25 0-3 2-2 6 73(48) 45(31) 16 13 11
5v5 stats in parenthesis for CF & CA
Canucks At A Glance:
- Vancouver is 35-25-11 against Carolina all-time. Among Canucks, Henrik Sedin has the most career points with 12.
- Loui Eriksson’s assist last night was his first point as a Canuck, and his 7th point (3-4=7) in his last 7 games against the Flames.
- Daniel Sedin’s goal last night was his 84th career point against the Calgary Flames, the highest point total of any active NHL player against the Flames.
- Ryan Miller improved career shoot-out record last night to 56-33, and stopped 224 of 312 shoot-out attempts against (.718%).
- The Canucks have owned the Hurricanes since October of 1999. They’ve posted an 6-0-2 record in eight games.
Potential Canucks Lineup:
Potential Hurricanes Lineup:
They Said It: