Game Day Preview: Vancouver Takes Losing Streak To Ottawa

OTTAWA, ON - NOVEMBER 12: Alexander Edler #23 the Vancouver Canucks scores a third period goal against Andrew Hammond #30 of the Ottawa Senators during an NHL game at Canadian Tire Centre on November 12, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON – NOVEMBER 12: Alexander Edler #23 the Vancouver Canucks scores a third period goal against Andrew Hammond #30 of the Ottawa Senators during an NHL game at Canadian Tire Centre on November 12, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

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andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 3, 2016

Game Time: 4:30 PM PST
Location: Canadian Tire Centre
TV: Sportsnet Vancouver
Radio: TSN 1040

Vancouver (4-5-1=9 pts) plays the second game of a 6-game road trip tonight at Canadian Tire Centre against Eastern conference rivals, Ottawa Senators (6-3-0=12 pts).

Last night, Vancouver started off their six game road trip with a visit to the Bell Centre in Montreal, where the Canucks came out on the short end of the score, losing 3-0.

It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Canucks after starting the season with four wins. Adding salt to the wound, Vancouver has been shut out in three of their last four games, including to Ottawa 3-0 on October 25.

Canucks starting goalie Ryan Miller, stopped 19 of 21 shots in the game last night. Miller is now 1-4-0 this season with a 1.79 GAA and .934 SV%.

Canucks are in 21st place in the NHL (tied with four other teams for 18th); and are tied for 4th place in the Pacific division with Calgary, with 9 points each; 6 points behind the Oilers, 1 point behind the Anaheim Ducks.

  • Vancouver finishes their 4th of 16 back-to-back series tonight. Canucks are 2-4-1 in back-to-back series this season.
  • Vancouver comes into the game with a road record of 0-2-1, looking for their first road win of the season.

Vancouver last played Ottawa on October 25. The Canucks suffered their third straight loss, second consecutive regulation loss of the season at Rogers Arena against the Senators, losing 3-0, ending a four game winning streak on home ice.

Vancouver’s goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom are 14th best in the NHL, with a 2.55 GAA and a .913 SV%.

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 (4-0=4 pts), Jannik Hansen (2-2=4 pts).

Scratches: #55-Alex Biega; #88-Nikita Tryamkin; #9-Jack Skille

Canucks injured: #17-Anton Rodin; #46-Jayson Megna

Points streaks: none

The Ottawa Senators in their last game, played the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night. Kyle Turris scored in overtime as the Senators defeated the Hurricanes 2-1. Craig Anderson made 32 saves for Ottawa, while Dion Phaneuf scored the other goal for the Senators.

The Senators are tied for 3rd place with the Tampa Bay in the Atlantic division, with 12 points, 5 points behind division leaders Montreal, and a point behind Detroit.

Ottawa have the 18th best goaltending in the NHL, with Craig Anderson and John Hammond, with a 2.84 GAA, and .903 SV%.

Anderson is 6-1-0, with a 2.24 GAA, and a .929 SV%. Hammond is 0-1-0, with a 4.50 GAA, and a .793 SV%.

Ottawa leading scorers: Erik Karlsson(3-6-=9 pts); Kyle Turris (5-2=7 pts); Ryan Dzingel (4-3=7 pts);Bobby Ryan (3-2=5 pts).

Ottawa special teams are: 3 for 23: 13.0 percent on the power play overall (23rd in the NHL); and 25 for 31: 80.6 percent on the penalty kill overall (19th in the NHL).

Vancouver special teams are: 3 for 33: 9.1 percent on the power play overall (29th in the NHL), with 41 shots for, 10 shots against, 1 shorthanded goal against; and 20 for 24: 83.3 percent on the penalty kill overall (12th best in NHL), with 28 shots against, 4 shots for, 1 shorthanded goal for.

Vancouver has allowed 26 goals against (14th best in NHL), while Ottawa has also surrendered 26 (14th best in NHL).

Vancouver has scored 16 goals (30th in NHL), while Ottawa has scored 26 goals (tied for 14th in NHL).

What’s at stake:

Scoring goals. Not allowing goals.

Winning their first game on the road this season. Ending their 6 game losing streak.

Stopping the Senators winning streak at two games. Winning their first game of the 6 game road trip.

Ottawa has two straight wins, and 3 wins in their last 4 games; the Canucks have six straight losses.

Canucks last season were noted as winning streak spoilers.

Last night not so much as the Montreal Canadiens stayed undefeated in regulation play in its last 8 games.

Canucks playing losing streak terminators, is on for round two tonight, and it will not be easy as Ottawa is riding high on a two game winning streak, and winners of three in their last four games, including a 3-0 win against Vancouver on October 25.

So, the Canucks have to conjure up last season past, becoming winning streak spoilers, to become losing streak terminators.

Canucks excelled, were impressive, exciting, and passionate last night. Even though it did not translate into a win or finish with them scoring any goals.

Vancouver continuing to bring what they did last night against the Senators tonight is a must. They need to continue to battle, and push, for shots and goals; draw penalties, interfering with the Senators game plan, to the point of scoring and winning. And not being satisfied with anything less.

With goals tonight, Vancouver likely can end their six game losing streak and end the Senators win streak at two games; but only if they can bring the same effort against Montreal, into the game against Ottawa tonight.

Pregame Notes

Regular Season Game 11, Road Game 4

Records:
Van: 4-5-1 (Road: 0-2-1)
Ott: 6-3-0 (Home: 4-1-0)

Team    SF    SA     PP        PK     PIM    HITS   GF   GA
Van        267   278    3-33      20-24     62       179       16     26
Ott         285   268    3-23      25-31     103     198       26     26

Team        CF               CA           SCF          SCA        CF60   CA60     CF%
Van        511(407)    516(420)     212(162)   206(169)    50.37    51.97      49.21
Ott         497(371)     523(415)    202(150)   210(169)    52.88    59.12      47.22

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

Potential Canucks Lineup:

#22D. Sedin-#33H.Sedin-#36Hansen
#60Granlund-#20Sutter-#21Ericksson
#47Baertschi-#53Horvat-#18Virtanen
#14Burrows-#50Gaunce-#15Dorsett

#23Edler-#63Larsen
#27Hutton-#44Gudbranson
#5Sbisa-#88Tryamkin

#25Markstrom
#30Miller

Canucks At A Glance:

  • After 10-games this season:
    •  Vancouver has been held to two goals or fewer in 8 of 10 games.
    • Canucks have:
      • 267 shots for (22nd)
      • 277 shots against (15th)
      • 136 blocked shots (16th)
      • 179 hits (22nd)
      • 105 missed shots (11th)
      • 78 giveaways (11th)
      • 54 takeaways (22nd).
    • Vancouver:
      • Has a face-off winning percentage of 48.9 percent, 22nd best overall in the NHL
      • Is 3rd with 123 face-offs won when ahead
      • Has the 13th best save percentage in the NHL at .913.
      • Has the 7th best shot against average in the NHL with 27.7 SA/GP.
      • Has the 29th best shots for average in the NHL with 26.7 SF/G.
      • Has the 2nd least amount of penalty minutes in the NHL with 62.
  • Alex Edler is 1st in the NHL lead in blocked shots with 32 in 10 games, averaging 3.2 BkS/GP
  • Chris Tanev has 19 blocked shots in 7 games, averaging 2.7 BkS/GP
  • Luca Sbisa is 19th in NHL in most giveaways with 11; Henrik Sedin is 38th with 10.
  • Markus Granlund leads Canucks with 8 takeaways
  • Edler is 7th in the NHL in even strength TOI with 201:54
  • Edler also has the 13th most TOI in the NHL with 244:07; and is 14th in the NHL in TOI/GP at 24:24; 23rd in Shifts/GP with 29.6
  • Brandon Sutter is 12th in the NHL in face-offs with 191; 16th in face-off wins with 95; 16th in face-off losses with 97
  • Derek Dorsett is 16th in the NHL in Hits/GP with 3.2
  • Daniel Sedin and Brandon Sutter lead Canucks in Shots/GP with 2.5 average.
  • Canuck defensemen have a joint 2G-7A for 9 PTS, after 10-games this season.
    • Last season after 10-games, Canuck defensemen had 5G-12A for 17 PTS.
  • Canucks forwards have 14G-20A for 34 PTS, after  10-games this season.
    • Last season, after 10-games, they had 22G-33A for 55 PTS.
  • Vancouver goals by period:
    • First period: 2-goals for (30th in NHL); 9-goals against (25th in NHL)
    • Second period: 5-goals for (24th in NHL); 8-goals against (11th best in NHL)
    • Third period: 7-goals for (23rd in NHL); 9-goals against (14th best in NHL)
    • Overtime: 2-goals for (2nd in NHL); 0-goals against (1st in NHL)
  • Advanced Stats:

    • Vancouver has the 19th best CorsiFor% (5 on 5) in the NHL: 49.21 percent, and the 15th best CorsiFor% (All Strengths): 49.76 percent.
    • Canucks have the 13th highest SCF (All Strengths): 212; and 15th lowest SCA (All Strengths): 206.
    • Vancouver has the 13th highest SCF (5 on 5): 169; 21st in SCA (5 on 5): 178.
    • Canucks are 11th in Corsi 5 on 5 (Zone Start%): 52.02 percent.
    • Individual CorsiFor% (5 on 5):
      • Top Forwards:
        • Derek Dorsett: 6 GP: 58.21 percent
        • Loui Ericksson: 10 GP: 54.55 percent
        • Jayson Megna: 2 GP: 52.17 percent
        • Henrik Sedin: 10 GP: 51.72 percent
        • Daniel Sedin: 10 GP: 50.77 percent
        • Alex Burrows: 6 GP: 50.68 percent
        • Jannik Hansen: 10 GP: 48.21 percent
      • Top Defensemen:
        • Troy Stecher: 3 GP: 50.96 percent
        • Luca Sbisa: 10 GP: 50.68 percent
        • Erik Gudbranson: 10 GP: 50.55 percent
        • Ben Hutton: 10 GP: 49.50 percent
        • Philip Larsen: 10 GP:49.30 percent
        • Chris Tanev: 7 GP: 48:45 percent
        • Alex Edler: 10 GP: 46.48 percent
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