Game Day Preview: Canucks Visit Anaheim Looking For Much Needed Win

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ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 1: Henrik Sedin #33 and Jannik Hansen #36 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrate a third period goal against John Gibson #36 and Josh Manson #42 of the Anaheim Ducks on April 1, 2016 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

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andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

October 23, 2016

Game Time: 5:00 PM PST
Location: Honda Center
TV: Sportsnet
Radio: TSN 1040

What’s Up?

Vancouver (4-0-1=9 pts) are playing their second of back-to-back road games on their California road swing, tonight at Honda Center against division rival, Anaheim Ducks (1-3-1=3 pts).

The Canucks sit in first place in the NHL (tied with Montreal and St. Louis) and are leading the Pacific division.

The Vancouver Canucks chance of starting the season with 5-consecutive wins ended last night with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Henrik Sedin (1-1=2 pts) and Philip Larsen (0-2=2 pts) both had two point games; Markus Granlund and Alex Edler had the other goals. Brandon Sutter (4), Jannik Hansen (2), and Daniel Sedin (2) had assists to help the Canucks cause.

Daniel Sedin now has points in three straight games.

Canucks starting goalie Jacob Markstrom, stopped 28 of 31 shots in the game.

Markstrom after four game starts, has a 1.94 GAA and a .923 SV%. He is now 3-0-1 for the season.

Vancouver’s goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom are tied for 2nd best in the NHL, with a 1.80 GAA and a .938 SV%.

Canucks leading scorers: Brandon Sutter (1-4=5 pts), Daniel Sedin (2-2=4 pts),  Daniel Sedin (2-2=4 pts), Markus Granlund (2-1=3 pts) and Jannik Hansen (1-2=3 pts).

Canucks scratches: #55-Alex Biega; #88-Nikita Tryamkin

Canucks injured: #14-Alex Burrows; #15-Derek Dorsett; #17-Anton Rodin; #41-Tom Nilsson.

Canucks points streaks: DANIEL SEDIN (1-3=4 / 3 Games)

The Anaheim Ducks come into the game having defeated the Philidelphia Flyers on Thursday night 3-2 on the road, their first win of the season. The victory also wrapped up their 5-game road trip, which gave them 3 points out of a possible ten.

The Ducks have hosted the Canucks in their home opener five times, more than any other opponent in franchise history. No other team has helped open Honda Center more than twice since 1993-94.

Anaheim’s four previous home openers that featured Vancouver were held in 1995-96 (L, 5-1), 2010-11 (W, 4-3), 2013-14 (L, 5-0) and 2015-16 (SOL, 2-1).

Source: Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks are in 4th place in the Pacific division, with 3 points.

Anaheim are tied for 11th best goaltending in the NHL, with John Gibson and Jonathan Bernier, 2.79 GAA, and .903 SV%.

Gibson is 1-2-1, with a 2.81 GAA, and a .890 SV%. Bernier is 0-1-0, with a with a 3.05 GAA, and a .933 SV%.

Anaheim leading scorers: Ryan Getzlaf (1-4-=5 pts); Cam Fowler: (2-2=4 pts).

Anaheim special teams are: 2 for 18: 14.3 percent on the power play overall (20th in the NHL); and 21 for 25: 84.0 percent on the penalty kill overall (15th in the NHL).

Vancouver Canucks special teams are: 3 for 21: 14.3 percent on the power play overall (19th in the NHL), with 28 shots for, 8 shots against, 1 shorthanded goal against; and 13 for 15: 86.7 percent on the penalty kill overall (13th best in NHL), with 20 shots against, 1 shot for.

Vancouver has allowed only 9 goals against, while Anaheim has surrendered 14.

What’s at stake:

Canucks rediscovering winning again is the top priority and playing well enough in all facets of the game to do it. Last nights game against the Kings was Vancouver’s poorest game of the season.

Vancouver establishing itself as a competitive road team: they can start getting that respect, with a win tonight, obliterating that goose-egg away from the win column right quick, now rather than later, replacing it with their first road win of the season. They have a long road trip coming up soon.

Best to be serving notice, that the Vancouver Canucks are prepared and ready to take on all comers, and execute the plan to its fullest. Or something like that.

The Canucks power play disappointing us again: Vancouver need to do a better job of pulling the trigger, and blocking out the goalie; and Loui Ericksson is one of the Canucks that needs to be stepping up his game, and live up to all the press of being a 30-goal scorer. I don’t see it. And neither do the opposing goalies. Is he hurt? Or is he another Radim Vrbata that will be equally disappointing as the season wears on?

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For all the line shuffling, and moving around of players, too many players on the Canucks are already forgetting training camp and taking their places on the team for granted. Canucks need  game changers, some flash from somebody. Some leadership on every unit on the ice.

Canucks coming out flat again, against another division rival, a pretty good team at that. Vancouver has given up a point to Calgary and Los Angeles now, and management need to burn a fire under the players when they are playing divisional games, especially back-to-back games.

It is a fact, that Vancouver plays Los Angeles first in back-to-back California games when Anaheim is involved. The Kings beat up on the Canucks, wear them down, demoralize them. The Ducks then feast on what is left over, and Vancouver puts up little resistance. I think I heard that on Canucks radio last night…memory might be a little off though.

Changing the tradition of back-to-back games against the Kings and Ducks is at stake. If Vancouver can do that, their road trips will be something to see indeed.

Vancouver battling right from the opening game face-off against the Ducks tonight is what I want to see: battling hard in the corners, skating with speed, pushing to get in front of the net, breaking out of their end with precision instead of clumsiness.

The Canucks have yet to score a first period goal…that should be their goal. Get on the score sheet in the opening period. Get that first goal. Spoil the celebration of Anaheim’s home opener of the season. Vancouver has been outscored 5-0 in first periods this season, after 5-games played.

Pregame Notes

Regular Season Game 6, Road Game 2

Records:
Van: 4-0-1 (Road: 0-0-1)
Ana: 1-3-1 (Home: 0-0-0)

Team    SF   SA     PP        PK     PIM   
Van         133  131    3-21     13-15      37
Ana          146 145    2-18     21-25     59

Team        CF               CA           SCF          SCA      HITS
Van        256(185)     246(187)     110(77)      89(65)       53
Ana        265(184)     258(178)    100(66)     114(73)     127

Note: 5v5 stats in parenthesis for CF & CA
SCF=scoring chances for; SCA=scoring chances against.

Canucks At A Glance:

  • The Canucks finish their second of 16 back-to-back series this season against Anaheim. The Canucks are 2-0-1 in back-to-back series this season, after losing last night to the Kings.
  • Tonight’s contest opens a five-game season series between the two clubs, with the Ducks owning a 42-37-18 all-time record against the Canucks and an 11-2-3 mark in the past 15 contests. In Anaheim, the Ducks are 19-16-13 vs. the Canucks.
  • Coming into tonight’s hockey game, the Canucks and Montreal Canadians are the only two teams not to have suffered regulation losses.
  • Vancouver has the 16th best CorsiFor% at 5 on 5 in the NHL at 49.73 percent, and the 9th best CorsiFor% at All Strengths at 51.0 percent.
  • Canucks have the 14th highest SCF (All Strengths) at 96; and 3rd lowest SCA (All Strengths) at 89.
  • Vancouver has the 17th highest SCF (5 on 5) at 77; the lowest SCA (5 on 5) at 65.
  • After 5-games this season:
    • Canucks have:
      • 133 shots for (25th); 131 shots against (6th); 65 blocked shots (18th); 73 hits (30th); 56 missed shots (13th); 35 giveaways (6th); 26 takeaways (24th).
    • Vancouver:
      • Has a face-off winning percentage of 47.4 percent, 23rd best overall in the NHL
      • Are a +2 in plus/minus as a team, 10th best in the NHL
      • Has the 3rd best save percentage in the NHL at .930
      • Has the 5th least shots against in the NHL with 129.
      • Has the 5th best shot against average in the NHL with 25.8 SA/G.
  • Canuck defensemen have a combined 2G-5A for 7 PTS, after 5-games this season.
    • Last season after five games, Canuck defensemen had 1G-8A for 9 PTS.
  • Canucks forwards have 10G 16A for 26 PTS, after  5-games this season.
    • Last season, after five games, they had 13G-16A for 29 PTS.
  • Vancouver goals by period:
    • First period: 0-goals for; 5-goals against
    • Second period: 4-goals for; 3-goals against
    • Third period: 6-goals for; 1-goal against

Potential Canucks Lineup:

#22D. Sedin-#33H.Sedin- #47Baertschi
#60Granlund-#20Sutter-#36Hansen
#21Ericksson-#53Horvat-/#18Virtanen
#55-Alex Biega-#50Gaunce-#9-Jack Skille;

#23Edler-#8Tanev
#27Hutton-#44Gudbranson
#5Sbisa-#63Larsen

 

#30Miller
#25Markstrom

They Said It….

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