Game Day Preview: Canucks Try To Take Advantage Of Islanders Skid And End Their Losing Streak

Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks makes the second period save against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on January 17, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Jan. 16, 2016 – Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)


andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 7, 2016

Game Time: 4:00 PM PST
Location: Barclays Center
TV: Sportsnet Pacific
Radio: TSN 1040

Vancouver (4-7-1=9 pts) visit the Barclays Center to take on the New York Islanders (4-6-2=10 pts), in the 4th game of their 6 game road trip.

Canucks start their 5th of 16 back-to-back series tonight against the Islanders. Canucks are 2-5-1 in back-to-back series this season.

Saturday night, Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Canucks 6-3, handing the Canucks their fourth straight regulation road loss (0-4-1); extending their losing streak to 8 games (0-7-1); but their streak of not scoring goals ended at 2 games.

Jannik Hansen led the Canuck forwards with 2 points (0-2=2 pts) and 19 penalty minutes.

Canucks had goals from Derek Dorsett (1), Henrik Sedin (4) and Daniel Sedin (3), with other helpers from, Brandon Sutter (5), Philip Larsen (4); and rookie Troy Stecher (1), his first point in the NHL.

Canucks starting goalie Ryan Miller, stopped 36 of 42 shots in the game, his 5th straight loss this season; and received 12 minutes in penalty’s.

Canucks In Brief:

Canucks are in 29th place in the NHL (tied with Carolina and Nashville for 27th); and are in 6th place in the Pacific division, with 9 points; 10 points behind the Oilers, 1 point ahead of the Arizona Coyotes.

Vancouver’s goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom are 18th best in the NHL, with a 2.70 GAA and a .904 SV%.

Ryan Miller is 26 in the NHL with a 2.53 GAA  (min 3 GP)and 22nd with a .916 save percentage (min 3 GP). In 6 starts, Miller is 1-5-0.

Jacob Markstrom is 13th in the NHL with a 2.11 GAA (min 3 GP) and 21st with a .920 save percentage (min 3 GP). In 6 starts, Markstrom is 3-2-1.

Leading scorers:  Henrik Sedin (4-2=6 pts), Jannik Hansen (2-4=6 pts), Brandon Sutter (1-5=6 pts), Daniel Sedin (3-2=5 pts), Bo Horvat (4-0=4 pts), Loui Eriksson (0-4=4 pts), Philip Larsen (0-4=4 pts).

Scratches:  #18-Virtanen; #51-Stecher; #55-Alex Biega;

Canucks injured:  #9-Tanev; #17-Anton Rodin; #36-Hansen; #46-Jayson Megna

Points streaks: none

Vancouver special teams are: 3 for 39: 7.7 percent on the power play overall (30th in the NHL), with 43 shots for, 10 shots against, 1 shorthanded goal against; and 28 for 33: 84.8 percent on the penalty kill overall (8th best in NHL), with 29 shots against, 5 shots for, 1 shorthanded goal for.

Canucks have allowed 33 goals against (17th best in NHL), and have scored 19 goals (30th in NHL)

The 19 goals that the Canucks have scored after 12 games is a franchise-low. Previous record-low after 12 games was 26 goals in the 1997-98 season.


Canucks Notables:

  • Daniel Sedin ranks 29th in the NHL in shots on goal per 60 min (9.46); his 35 shots on goal currently rank t-31st
  • Vancouver had been held to two goals or fewer in 9 of 11 games, until Saturday’s game
  • With 9 hits this season, Nikita Tryamkin is 2nd in the NHL in hits per game (4.5.) after two games
  • Bo Horvat leads the team in goals (4) and is 1 of 15 players this season to score at least 1 EVG and 1 SHG
  • Troy Stecher’s 22:35 TOI in his NHL debut on Oct. 25 vs Ottawa was second most for a defenceman making his NHL debut this season; Nikita Zaitsev (TOR) played 23:57 on Oct. 12 vs Ottawa
  • The Canucks have committed the 17th fewest penalties in the NHL with 54, and have the 2nd most penalty minutes of any team with 180

Islanders In Brief:

In the Islanders last game, Mark Letestu of Edmonton scored the only goal in the shootout to lift Edmonton to a 4-3 victory over  New York on Saturday night at the Barclays Center.

Nick Leddy, Shane Prince and Casey Cizikas scored for New York, and Jaroslav Halak finished with 20 saves.

The Islanders have lost three straight, including the last two in shootouts, and came into the game with a 9 game winning streak at home against the Oilers.

Islanders are in 7th place in the Metropolitan division, with 10 points, 10 points behind division leaders New York Rangers; and 2 points back of Columbus in 6th, 1 point ahead of Carolina in 8th.

Islanders have the 22nd best goaltending in the NHL, with Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss, with a 2.95 GAA, and .903 SV%.

Halak is 2-3-2, with a 2.92 GAA, and a .905 SV%. Greiss is 2-3-0, with a 2.87 GAA, and a .908 SV%.

Islander leading scorers: John Tavares (5-5-=10 pts); Brock Nelson (3-6=9 pts); Dennis Seidenberg (4-4=8 pts); Josh Bailey (2-5=7 pts).

Islanders injured: Ryan Pulock

Points streaks: John Tavares (1-3=4 / 4 Games; Dennis Seidenberg (2-4=6 /4 Games); Calvin De Haan (0-3=3 / 3 Games)

Islanders special teams are: 4 for 35: 11.4 percent on the power play overall (24th in the NHL); and 36 for 46: 78.3 percent on the penalty kill overall(24th in the NHL).

Islanders have surrendered 36  goals (23rd best in NHL), and have scored 33 goals (tied for 13th in NHL).

Islander Notables:

  • Newly acquired defenseman Dennis Seidenberg now leads all Islanders blueliners with four goals, good for second on the team. Just 11 games into the season, the German-born defenseman is only three goals shy of his NHL career-high, set in 2010-11.
  • The New York Islanders now sit atop the NHL in blocked shots with 237
  • Islanders defensemen have recorded a goal in each of the last 8 games, surpassing the previous longest streak in team history (March 5-17, 1985).
  • Dating back to last season, the Islanders are 15-1-4 (3-1-1 this season) when playing a Western Conference opponent at Barclays Center.
  • Last season, the Islanders went 37-4-2 when they scored at least three goals (including shootout winners). This season, New York is 4-1-1 when hitting the three goal mark.

Islanders visit Rogers Arena on March 9, 2017 to face the Canucks in the second and last meeting of the season.


  • The Canucks are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games versus the Islanders (3-2-0 in their last 5 meetings)
  • The Canucks have 4 players with 14 or more career points versus the Islanders:
    • Daniel Sedin has 16 points (5-11-16) in 17 career games against the Islanders
    • Brandon Sutter has 16 points (9-7-16) in 26 career games versus the Islanders
    • Henrik Sedin has 15 points (4-11-15) in 15 career games against the Islanders
    • Loui Eriksson has 14 points (7-7-14) in 13 career games versus the Islanders
  • Loui Eriksson’s last power play goal on Mar. 12/16 came versus the Islanders
  • Ben Hutton’s first career goal occurred on Jan. 17/16 at Barclays Center
  • Jacob Markstrom’s first career win took place on Oct. 22/11 against the Islanders
  • Jayson Megna made his NHL debut on Oct. 25/13 vs the Islanders

What’s at stake:

Scoring goals. Not allowing goals.

Winning their first game on the road this season. Ending their 8 game winless streak.

 Winning their first game of the 6 game road trip.

Sticking together and supporting the Canuck in good and in bad.

Past Canucks teams have had struggles starting the season.

Back in the 1982-83 season, Vancouver started with a road record of 0-5-1 ( Oct 6; Oct 12-20).

Vancouver went home and played three home games, and then took off for another five game road trip, from Oct 31-Nov 7, winning the first three, before finishing with two straight losses.

The Canucks of 1982-83 had an overall record of 6-8-2 after 16 games.

The lesson here: Vancouver this season is 0-4-1 on the road to start the season. The overall record is 4-6-2. If the Canucks can win two of their next four games, they could have a similar record. Just saying.

Oh, by the way, that 1982-83 team finished with 75 points.

The Canucks have to use their last game against the Maple Leafs to rally around,  getting some early jump on the Islanders right from the opening game face-off.

Mission #1: Get the first goal of the game.

Mission #2: Draw the first penalty of the game.

Mission #3: Make the Islanders pay with the power play by scoring.

The Islanders are a physical team, 6th in the NHL in hits, and know how to frustrate the shooting lanes in their defensive end, as they are 1rst in the NHL in blocked shots with 237, an average of nearly 20 Bks/GP.

The Canucks backend is hurting without Chris Tanev and Alex Edler, and that was taken advantage of by the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

So, the Canuck forwards have to pick up their speed and come back strong to help their teammates on defense, and their goaltender.

Pregame Notes

Regular Season Game 13, Road Game 6

Van: 4-7-1 (Road: 0-4-1)
NYI: 4-6-2 (Home: 4-3-2)

Team    SF    SA     PP        PK     PIM    HITS   GF   GA
Van        323   343    3-39     28-33    180       230      19     33
NYI        354   373    4-35      36-46    137       309      33     36

Team        CF               CA           SCF          SCA        CF60   CA60     CF%
Van        629(498)    630(508)  258(198)   267(220)    52.54    53.60     49.50
NYI        641(510)      791(587)   275(210)    317(229)    54.96   63.26      46.49

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

Potential Canucks Lineup:

#22D. Sedin-#33H.Sedin-#21Ericksson
#45Chaput-#50Gaunce-#9Jack Skille



Canucks At A Glance:

  • Vancouver has only scored 3 goals with Ryan Miller in net since October 23 in Anaheim.
  • After 12-games this season:
    • Canucks have:
      • 294 shots for (24th)
      • 301 shots against (13th)
      • 163 blocked shots (18th)
      • 230 hits (21st)
      • 129 missed shots (13th)
      • 89 giveaways (9th)
      • 65 takeaways (22nd).
    • Vancouver:
      • Has a face-off winning percentage of 49.1 percent, 20th best overall in the NHL
      • Is 3rd with 123 face-offs won when ahead
      • Has the 14th best save percentage in the NHL at .910.
      • Has the 9th best shot against average in the NHL with 28.6 SA/GP.
      • Has the 29th best shots for average in the NHL with 26.9 SF/G.
      • Has the 17th least amount of penalties in the NHL with 54.
  • Blocked Shots Leaders:
    • Alex Edler is 2nd in the NHL lead in blocked shots with 33 in 11 games, averaging 3.0 BkS/GP
    • Chris Tanev has 19 blocked shots in 7 games, averaging 2.7 BkS/GP
    • Luca Sbisa has 18; Ben Hutton and Erik Gudbranson both have 15.
  • Giveaways Leaders:
    • Luca Sbisa is 42nd in NHL in most giveaways with 11;
    • Henrik Sedin is 39th with 11.
  • Takeaways Leaders:
    • Markus Granlund leads Canucks with 9 takeaways
    • Ben Hutton, Jannik Hansen and Alex Burrows, all have 6 takeaways each
    • Bo Horvat, has 5
  • Time On Ice Leaders:
    • Even Strength TOI:
      • Ben Hutton is 21st in the NHL in even strength TOI with 227:19
      • Edler is 32nd in the NHL in even strength TOI with 219:47
    • TOI:
      • Edler also has the 40th most TOI in the NHL with 268:55
      • Ben Hutton has the 69th most TOI in the NHL with 254:25
    • TOI/GP:
      • Alex Edler is 14th in the NHL in TOI/GP at 24:26
      • Ben Hutton, 21:12 TOI/GP in 12 GP
      • Chris Tanev, 20:09 TOI/GP in 7 GP
      • Troy Stecher, 19:54 TOI/GP in 4 GP
      • Erik Gudbranson, 19:35 TOI/GP in 12 GP
    • Shifts/GP:
      • Alex Edler is 23rd in Shifts/GP with 29.4
      • Chris Tanev is 46th in Shifts/GP with 28.1
      • Ben Hutton is 104th in Shifts/GP with 26.1
  • Face-Off Leaders:
    • Face-Offs:
      • Brandon Sutter is 18th in the NHL in face-offs with 223
      • Henrik Sedin is 24th in the NHL in face-offs with 204
      • Bo Horvat is 25th in the NHL, with 201
    • Face-Off Wins:
      • Brandon Sutter, tied for 19th in face-off wins with 116
      • Henrik Sedin is 27th, with 104 wins
      • Bo Horvat is 33rd, with 96 wins
    • Face-Off Losses:
      • Brandon Sutter is 19th in most face-off losses with 111
      • Bo Horvat, tied for 20th, with 105 losses
      • Henrik Sedin is tied for 27th, with 100
  • Hits Leaders:
    • Hits/GP:
      • Nikita Tryamkin is 2nd in the NHL in Hits/GP with 4.5
      • Derek Dorsett is tied for 25th in the NHL in Hits/GP with 2.9
    • Total Hits:
      • Derek Dorsett has 23 hits
      • Erik Gudbranson has 21
      • Alex Edler, 20
  • Shots Per Game Played Leaders:
    • Daniel Sedin 2.9 S/GP
    • Brandon Sutter, 2.3 S/GP
    • Troy Stecher, 2.0 S/GP
  • Shooting Percentage Leaders:
    • Bo Horvat, 28.6, tied for 18th best in the NHL
    • Henrik Sedin, 23.5
    • Markus Granlund, 10.5
    • Jannik Hansen, 9.5
  • Total Shots Leaders:
    • Daniel Sedin, 35 in 12 GP
    • Brandon Sutter, 28 in 12 GP
    • Alex Edler, 21 in 11 GP
    • Ben Hutton,21 in 12 GP
    • Philip Larsen, 21 in 12 GP
    • Jannik Hansen, 21 in 12 GP
  • Canuck defensemen have a joint 2G-9A for 11 PTS, after 12-games this season.
    • Last season after 12-games, Canuck defensemen had 6G-18A for 24 PTS.
  • Canucks forwards have 17G-23A for 40 PTS, after  12-games this season.
    • Last season, after 12-games, Canuck forwards had 29G-41A for 70 PTS.
  • Vancouver goals by period:
    • First period: 3-goals for (30th in NHL); 11-goals against (21st in NHL)
    • Second period: 6-goals for (tied for 27th in NHL); 10-goals against (tied for 11th best in NHL)
    • Third period: 8-goals for (tied for 24th in NHL); 12-goals against (tied for 19th best in NHL)
    • Overtime: 2-goals for (2nd in NHL); 0-goals against (1st in NHL)
  • Advanced Stats:

    • Vancouver has the 15th best CorsiFor% (5 on 5) in the NHL: 49.50 percent, and the 15th best CorsiFor% (All Strengths): 49.92 percent.
    • Canucks have the 15th highest SCF (All Strengths): 258; and 19th lowest SCA (All Strengths): 267.
    • Vancouver has the 12th highest SCF (5 on 5): 198; 25th in SCA (5 on 5): 220.
    • Canucks are 11th in Corsi 5 on 5 (Zone Start%): 51.43 percent.
    • Individual CorsiFor% (5 on 5):
      • Top Forwards:
        • Loui Ericksson: 12 GP: 54.58 percent
        • Henrik Sedin: 12 GP: 53.82 percent
        • Markus Granlund: 12 GP: 53.41
        • Daniel Sedin: 12 GP: 52.53 percent
        • Derek Dorsett: 8 GP: 52.48 percent
        • Jayson Megna: 2 GP: 52.17 percent
        • Jannik Hansen: 12 GP: 50.49 percent
        • Alex Burrows: 7 GP: 49.02 percent
      • Top Defensemen:
        • Ben Hutton: 12 GP: 51.05 percent
        • Erik Gudbranson: 12 GP: 50.86 percent
        • Luca Sbisa: 12 GP: 50.19 percent
        • Nikita Tryamkin: 2 GP: 50.00
        • Philip Larsen: 12 GP: 49.44 percent
        • Chris Tanev: 7 GP: 48:45 percent
        • Troy Stecher: 4 GP: 48.39 percent
        • Alex Edler: 11 GP: 46.58 percent
        • Alex Biega: 1 GP: 27.27 percent

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