By Andrew Chernoff
October 22, 2016
Game Time: 7:00 PM PST
Location: Staples Center
Radio: TSN 1040
Vancouver (4-0-0=8 pts) are away for the first time this season, playing their first road game of their two-game California road swing, tonight at Staples Center against division rival, Los Angeles Kings (1-3-0=2 pts).
The Canucks sit in first place in the NHL and in the Pacific division, tied with Edmonton, with 8 points. Vancouver are also the only undefeated team in the NHL.
The Vancouver Canucks come into the game with the chance of starting the season with 5-consecutive wins, a feat that no Vancouver hockey team has ever accomplished in its’ 47 year history.
Canucks defeated the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night 2-1, their first regulation win of the season, sweeping their 4-game homestand to start the season.
Brandon Sutter (0-2=2) had a two point game; Jannik Hansen (1) scored his first goal of the season and 100th of his career, with Daniel Sedin (2) netting the winner. Other assists were picked up by Luca Sbisa (1) and Loui Ericksson (2).
Canucks starting goalie Jacob Markstrom, stopped 26 of 27 shots in the game, for his second consecutive win of the season.
The goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom is 2nd best in the NHL, with a 1.46 GAA and a .939 SV%.
Markstrom has a 1.65 GAA, and a .932 SV%, stopping 68 of 73 shots faced, in his three game starts.
Miller has a 0.00 GAA, and a 1.000 SV%, stopping 25 of 25 shots faced, in his one game start.
Canucks leading scorers: Brandon Sutter (1-3=4 pts), Daniel Sedin (2-1=3 pts), Bo Horvat (2-0=2 pts).
Canucks scratches: #9-Jack Skille; #55-Alex Biega; #88-Nikita Tryamkin
Canucks injured: #17-Anton Rodin; #41-Tom Nilsson.
Canucks points streaks: DANIEL SEDIN (1-1=2 / 2 Games)
The Los Angeles Kings enter the divisional matchup having defeated the Dallas Stars on Thursday night, their first win of the season. Alec Martinez, who saw one apparent goal disallowed, scored 1:20 into overtime as Los Angeles Kings won 4-3.
The Kings are in 6th place in the Pacific division, with 2 points.
With the absence of starting goalie Jonathan Quick, the goaltending chores fall to Jeff Zatkoff and Peter Budaj.
Zatkoff has a 4.38 goals-against average and a .839 save percentage in three games played; Budaj has a 2.22 GAA and a .897 SV% in two games played.
Kings leading scorers: Tanner Pearson (3-1-=4 pts); Jeff Carter: (1-3=4 pts).
Los Angeles special teams are: 2 for 14: 14.3 percent on the power play overall (20th in the NHL); and 10 for 13: 76.9 percent on the penalty kill overall (23st in the NHL).
Vancouver Canucks special teams are: 1 for 15: 6.7 percent on the power play overall (29th in the NHL), with 19 shots for, 6 shots against; and 11 for 12: 91.7 percent on the penalty kill overall (9th best in NHL), with 12 shots against, 1 shot for.
Vancouver has allowed only 6 goals against, while Los Angeles has surrendered 15.
What’s at stake:
Winning five consecutive games from the start of a season, is what is facing Vancouver tonight, on the road, against the Los Angeles Kings.
It’s Vancouver’s first road game of the season, and they would love a win first time out, to start out their road season on a positive note, but also to extend their winning streak.
Canucks played the Kings three times at Staples Center last season, winning 3-0 on October 13, when Los Angeles was having a tough start to their season and Vancouver had yet to taste defeat.
Later in the season, when Los Angeles had their skating legs going and the Canucks did not, the Kings defeated the Canucks in the other two games, 2-1 and 5-1.
The question: is Los Angeles be ready and prepared to stop the Canucks “juggernaut” or be swept away like the other four preceding opponents Vancouver has vanquished this season, becoming the integral part of Canucks history, and thereby Canucks trivia, at the same time: the team Vancouver beat for five consecutive wins from the start of a season?
As with St. Louis, and Buffalo, the Canucks better not be complacent and rest on their laurels of the last four wins, and underestimate what Los Angeles is serving up at home tonight.
The Los Angeles Kings are without starting goaltender Jonathan Quick until January and Vancouver only have ten goals in their four games combined, and they’ve won each game they’ve played by the minimum one goal.
The Sedins and Loui Ericksson, starting to dominate the score sheet, and showing off their offensive skills around the net, is key on this two-game road trip, starting with the floundering Kings, who are that much more beatable without their number one goalie, and taking advantage of this weak link is key to winning the game.
Van: 4-0-0 (Road: 0-0-0)
LA: 1-3-0 (Home: 0-1-0)
Team SF SA PP PK PIM
Van 108 100 1-15 11-12 26
LA 116 107 2-14 10-13 37
Team CF CA SCF SCA HITS
Van 211(155) 172(133) 96(67) 64(50) 53
LA 261(206) 204(158) 90(76) 86(63) 113
Note: 5v5 stats in parenthesis for CF & CA
Canucks At A Glance:
- The Canucks start their second of 16 back-to-back series this season against LA and ANA. The Canucks are 2-0-0 in back-to-back series this season.
- Henrik (0-3-3) and Daniel Sedin (1-2-3) shared the scoring lead for the Canucks in the 2015.16 season series against the Kings.
- Daniel Sedin leads the team in career points against Los Angeles with 43 (17-26-43) in 58 GP.
- Daniel Sedin notched his 124th career power play goal on Oct. 20 vs Buffalo, ranking 9th in League history in this category. He is 3 PPG from surpassing Shane Doan in 8th with 126 (through Oct. 20).
- With his 79th career GWG Oct. 20 vs Buffalo, Daniel Sedin moved into t-27th all-time in NHL history with R. Francis (5th among active players).
- Jannik Hansen became only the second Danish born player to score 100 or more goals in League history (Frans Nielsen has 120).
- Coming into tonight’s hockey game, the Canucks remain the only team without a loss of any kind.
- The Canucks are 4-7 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest, going back to last season.
- The Canucks have won 8 straight games when allowing three or less goals, going back to last season.
- Vancouver has the 7th best CorsiFor% at 5 on 5 in the NHL at 53.82 percent, and the 5th best CorsiFor% at All Strengths at 55.09 percent.
- Canucks have the 12th highest SCF (All Strengths) at 96; and lowest SCA (All Strengths) at 64.
- Vancouver has the 14th highest SCF (5 on 5) at 67; the lowest SCA (5 on 5) at 50.
- After four games this season (all at Rogers Arena):
- Canucks have:
- 88 shots for (18th); 71 shots against (2nd); 44 blocked shots (28th); 53 hits (30th); 44 missed shots (10th); 30 giveaways (8th); 23 takeaways (21st).
- Has a face-off winning percentage of 49.7 percent, 18th best overall in the NHL
- Are a +3 in plus/minus as a team, 8th best in the NHL
- Has the 3rd best save percentage in the NHL at .939
- Has the 2nd least shots against in the NHL with 98.
- Has the 3rd best shot against average in the NHL with 24.5 SA/G.
- Canucks have:
- Canuck defensemen have a combined 1G-3A for 4 PTS, after four games this season. Last season after four games, Canuck defensemen had 1G-6A for 7 PTS.
- Canucks forwards had 10G 13A for 23 PTS, after four games last season. This season, after four games, they have 8G-8A for 16 PTS.
- Note: SCF=scoring chances for; SCA=scoring chances against.
Potential Canucks Lineup:
#22D. Sedin-#33H.Sedin- #47Baertschi
Potential Kings Lineup:
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