Game Day Preview: Canucks Aim To End Four Game Slide With Win Against Capitals

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VANCOUVER, BC – OCTOBER 22: Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates his goal as he is checked by Brooks Orpik #44 and while Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals falls back into his net during their NHL game at Rogers Arena October 22, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

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andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

October 29, 2016

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

Vancouver (4-3-1=9 pts) play the last game of a three game homestand tonight at Rogers Arena against Eastern conference rivals, Washington Capitals (3-2-1=7 pts).

Canucks finish their 3rd of 16 back-to-back series tonight.

Canucks are 2-2-1 in back-to-back series this season.

Vancouver comes into the game with a home record of 4-2-0, looking for their fifth home win of the young season.

Vancouver suffered their fourth straight loss (0-3-1), third consecutive regulation loss, on Friday night against the Edmonton Oilers 3-0, making it consecutive shutout losses on the homestand.

Canucks are trying to avoid being shut out for the third straight game in consecutive seasons:

  • Last season Vancouver lost by shutouts in three consecutive games: in Edmonton (2-0 on March 18); at home to St. Louis (3-0 on March 19) and in Winnipeg (2-0 on March 22).

Canucks now sit in 10th place in the NHL  and are tied for 3rd place in the Pacific division with Calgary, with 9 points; 5 points behind the Oilers, and a single point behind the San Jose Sharks.

Starting goalie Ryan Miller, stopped 25 of 26 shots in the game against the Oilers.

Miller, after four starts, has a 1.74 GAA and a .939 SV%. He is now 1-3-0 for the season.

Vancouver’s goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom are 5th best in the NHL, with a 2.19 GAA and a .919 SV%.

Miller is 7th in goals against average in the NHL: 1.74 GAA; and 8th in save percentage: .939 SV%. Markstrom is 8th in goals against average: 1.95 GAA.

Leading scorers:  Henrik Sedin (3-2=5 pts), Brandon Sutter (1-4=5 pts), Daniel Sedin (2-2=4 pts), Loui Eriksson (0-4=4 ts), Bo Horvat (3-0=3 pts), Markus Granlund (2-1=3 pts) and Jannik Hansen (1-2=3 pts).

Scratches: #55-Alex Biega; #88-Nikita Tryamkin

Canucks injured: #8-Chris Tanev; #14-Alex Burrows; #15-Derek Dorsett; #17-Anton Rodin; #41-Tom Nilsson; #46-Jayson Megna

The Capitals lost to the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Wednesday night, after losing to the New York Rangers on October 22.

The consecutive regulation losses are the first since March 11-13, 2015. In between, the Capitals cruised to an impressive 68-21-10 record.

Alex Ovechkin scored the Capitals only goal against the Oilers; Braden Holtby stopped 25 of 29 shots.

The Capitals are in a three-way tie for 4th place in the Metropolitan division, with 7 points, 4 points behind division leaders Pittsburgh Penguins.

Washington have the 4th best goaltending duo in the NHL, with Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer, with a 2.14 GAA, and .915 SV%.

Holtby is 2-2-1, with a 2.38 GAA, and a .910 SV% and 0 SO. Grubauer is 1-0-0, with a 0.00 GAA, and a 1.000 SV% and 1 SO.

Washington leading scorers: Alex Ovechkin (4-1-=5 pts); Marcus Johansson (1-3=4 pts); Matt Niskanen (0-4=4 pts).

Washington special teams are: 2 for 19: 10.5 percent on the power play overall(28th in the NHL); and 13 for 18: 72.2 percent on the penalty kill overall (27th in the NHL).

Vancouver special teams are: 3 for 25: 12.0 percent on the power play overall (26th in the NHL), with 32 shots for, 10 shots against, 1 shorthanded goal against; and 16 for 19: 84.2 percent on the penalty kill overall (10th best in NHL), with 25 shots against, 3 shots for, 1 shorthanded goal for.

Vancouver has allowed 18 goals against (9th best in NHL), while Washington has surrendered 13 (2nd best in NHL).

What’s at stake:

Vancouver losing their 5th straight game. After starting out the season with four straight wins, the Canucks are resembling the 2015-16 team way too much and need to get a win under their belt before embarking on their 6-game road trip.

Canucks getting shutout three consecutive games on their three game homestand. Deja Vu for sure going back to last season, when Vancouver suffered a similar fate, with three consecutive shutout losses (one being at home, the other two on the road). Like repetitive…like the Groundhog Day movie.

Vancouver has been shutout in three consecutive games on the road. However, they don’t have to do it at home.

In January, 1984, the Canucks finished up a five game road trip by being shutout by:

  • Minnesota North Stars, 2-0 on January 7
  • Chicago Black Hawks, 2-0 on January 8
  • St. Louis Blues, 2-0 on January 10

Never seeing another Vancouver goal scored in B.C. until November 13……maybe. Goals by this present Vancouver Canucks team are rare. Canucks average 1.7 goals for a game at Rogers Arena.

Vancouver actually sending Troy Stecher back to the Utica Comets. This guy is amazing and absorbing every bit of advice, and game experience in the NHL he can get, and his Corsi For is out of this world. He brings excitement to the team and keeps Canucks followers on the edge of their seats.

Pregame Notes

Regular Season Game 9, Home Game 7

Records:
Wash: 3-2-1 (Road: 1-1-1)
Van: 4-3-1 (Home: 4-2-0)

Team    SF    SA     PP        PK     PIM   
Wash     201   153    2-19      13-18     50
Van        200  221    3-25      16-19     50

Team        CF               CA           SCF          SCA      HITS
Wash     348(267)    297(233)    119(89)       117(92)     110
Van        393(306)    414(331)    165(123)    161(128)    136

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

Potential Canucks Lineup:

#22D. Sedin-#33H.Sedin-#21Ericksson
#60Granlund-#20Sutter-#36Hansen
#47Baertschi-#53Horvat-#18Virtanen
#40Zalewski-#50Gaunce-#9Skille

#23Edler-#51Stecher
#27Hutton-#44Gudbranson
#5Sbisa-#63Larsen

#25Markstrom
#30Miller

Canucks At A Glance:

  • In their last 10 games against Washington, Vancouver is: 6-4-0 overall and 4-1-0 at Rogers Arena.
  • Last season Vancouver against Washington was: 0-2-0 overall.
  • After 8-games this season:
    •  Vancouver has been held to two goals or fewer in 6 of 8 games.
    • Canucks have:
      • 200 shots for (25th); 221 shots against (15th); 106 blocked shots (16th); 136 hits (22nd); 86 missed shots (15th); 63 giveaways (16th); 44 takeaways (19th).
    • Vancouver:
      • Has a face-off winning percentage of 48.9 percent, 20th best overall in the NHL
      • Has the 7th best save percentage in the NHL at .919.
      • Has the 8th best shot against average in the NHL with 27.7 SA/G.
      • Has the 30th best shots for average in the NHL with 25.0 SF/G.
  • Canuck defensemen have a joint 2G-6A for 8 PTS, after 8-games this season.
    • Last season after 8-games, Canuck defensemen had 3G-11A for 14 PTS.
  • Canucks forwards have 12G-18A for 30 PTS, after  8-games this season.
    • Last season, after 8-games, they had 16G-23A for 39 PTS.
  • Vancouver goals by period:
    • First period: 1-goals for (30th in NHL); 7-goals against (21st best in NHL)
    • Second period: 4-goals for (22nd in NHL); 5-goals against (3rd best in NHL)
    • Third period: 7-goals for (20th in NHL); 6-goals against (6th best in NHL)
    • Overtime: 2-goals for (2nd in NHL); 0-goals against (1st in NHL)

Advanced Stats:

  • Vancouver has the 20th best CorsiFor% (5 on 5) in the NHL: 48.04 percent, and the 18th best CorsiFor% (All Strengths): 48.07 percent.
  • Canucks have the 15th highest SCF (All Strengths): 165; and 13th lowest SCA (All Strengths): 161.
  • Vancouver has the 15th highest SCF (5 on 5): 123; the 10th highest SCA (5 on 5): 128.
  • Canucks are 14th in Corsi 5 on 5 (Zone Start%): 50.00 percent.
  • Individual CorsiFor% (5 on 5):
    • Top Forwards:
      • Jayson Megna: 2 GP: 52.17
      • Henrik Sedin: 8 GP: 51.72 percent
      • Loui Ericksson: 8 GP: 51.46
      • Daniel Sedin: 8 GP: 51.43
      • Derek Dorsett: 5 GP: 50.94 percent
      • Markus Granlund: 8 GP: 50.81 percent
    • Top Defensemen:
      • Troy Stecher: 2 GP: 60.27
      • Ben Hutton: 8 GP: 49.56 percent
      • Erik Gudbranson: 8 GP: 49.50 percent
      • Luca Sbisa: 7 GP: 46.71 percent
      • Alex Edler: 8 GP: 45.96
      • Philip Larsen: 8 GP:45.78

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