Game Day Preview: Vancouver Looks To End 9 Game Skid Against Surging Rangers

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Sven Baertschi #47 of the Vancouver Canucks (r) celebrates his goal at 9:02 of the first period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 19, 2016 in New York City.

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andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 8, 2016

Game Time: 4:00 PM PST
Location: Madison Square Garden
TV: Sportsnet Pacific
Radio: TSN 1040

Vancouver (4-8-1=9 pts) play the 5th game of a 6-game road trip tonight at Madison Square Garden against Eastern conference rivals, New York Rangers (10-3-0=20 pts).

Vancouver finishes their 5th of 16 back-to-back series tonight. Canucks are 2-6-1 in back-to-back series this season.

  • Goalie Jacob Markstrom will start for the Canucks tonight.
  • Philip Larsen is a healthy scratch, with Troy Stecher in the game tonight, paired with Alex Edler on defense.

In the Canucks last game last night, the New York Islanders defeated the Canucks 4-2, handing the Canucks their 5th straight regulation road loss (0-5-1); extending their losing streak to 9 games (0-8-1); but Vancouver made it two consecutive  games of scoring at least two goals.

Canucks had goals from Daniel Sedin (4), and Markus Granlund (3) (on the power play). Ben Hutton (1), and Bo Horvat (1), had assists.

Canucks starting goalie Ryan Miller, stopped 28 of 32 shots in the game, his 6th straight loss this season.

Miller, is now 1-6-0 with a 2.75 GAA and a .910 save percentage, on the season.

Canucks In Brief:

Canucks, with their 9th consecutive loss tonight, 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, who have two games in hand on Vancouver.

Vancouver’s goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom are tied for 19th best in the NHL, with a 2.80 GAA and a .907 SV%.

Ryan Miller is 20th in the NHL with a 2.76 GAA and 18th with a .910 save percentage, minimum 5 GP.

Jacob Markstrom is 8th in the NHL with a 2.11 GAA and 12th with a .920 save percentage, minimum 5 GP. .

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

Scratches:  #18-Virtanen; #63-Larsen; #55-Alex Biega;

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

Points streaks: Daniel Sedin (2-0=2 pts / 2 Games

Vancouver special teams are: 4 for 41: 9.8 percent on the power play overall (28th in the NHL), with 45 shots for, 10 shots against, 1 shorthanded goal against; and 30 for 35: 85.7 percent on the penalty kill overall (8th best in NHL), with 34 shots against, 5 shots for, 1 shorthanded goal for.

Canucks have allowed 37 goals against (21st in NHL), and have scored 21 goals (30th in NHL).

The 21 goals that the Canucks have scored after 13 games is a franchise-low. Previous record-low after 13 games was 27 goals in the 1997-98 season.

Source: http://www.hockey-reference.com

Canucks Notables:

  • After 13 games this season, Vancouver has been held to two goals or fewer in 10 of 13 games.
  • With 12 hits this season, Nikita Tryamkin is tied for 5th in the NHL in hits per game (4.0) after 3 games
  • Bo Horvat is tied with Daniel and Henrik Sedin for the team lead in goals (4).
  • Troy Stecher’s 22:35 TOI in his NHL debut on Oct. 25 vs OTT was second most for a defenceman making his NHL debut this season; Nikita Zaitsev (TOR) played 23:57 on Oct. 12 vs OTT
  • The Canucks have committed the 18th fewest penalties in the NHL with 56, and have the 2nd most penalty minutes of any team with 184
  • Alex Edler ranks 4th in the NHL in blocked shots with 34
  • Bo Horvat ranks t-22nd in the NHL for shooting percentage at 25.0% (min. 5 games played)
  • Brandon Sutter is 15th in the NHL with 124 faceoff wins; Henrik Sedin is 21st with 114 faceoff wins; as a team, the Canucks rank t- 7th with 402 total faceoff wins
  • Daniel Sedin’s 38 shots on goal currently rank t-24th in the NHL
  • Vancouver’s penalty kill ranks 8th at 85.7%
  • The Canucks are 9th for the fewest shots allowed per game at 28.8
  • Vancouver ranks 13th in faceoff win percentage at 49.9%; in 2015.16, the Canucks’ 45.4% faceoff win percentage ranked 30th

Rangers In Brief:

The Rangers in their last game, won their 5th straight game, defeating the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 at Madison Square Garden. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 of 26 shots.

New York are in 2nd place in the NHL, and 1st place in the Metropolitan division, with 20 points, 1 point behind Montreal for best record in the NHL; 2 points ahead of Pittsburgh.

Rangers have the 4th best goaltending in the NHL, with Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Raanta , with a 2.23 GAA, and .919 SV%.

Lundqvist is 7-3-0, with a 2.21 GAA, and a .914 SV%. Raanta is 3-0-0, with a 2.33 GAA, and a .930 SV%.

New York leading scorers: J.T. Miller (5-8=13 pts); Kevin Hayes (6-6=12 pts);   Michael Grabner (7-3=10 pts); * Jimmy Vesey (6-4=10 pts); Derek Stepan (1-9=10 pts)   *Rookie

New York injured: Josh Jooris

Points streaks: Nick Holden (1-3=4) / 3 Games; Kevin Hayes (4-5=9)/ 5 Games; Brady Skjei (0-6=6) / 5 Games; Pavel Buchnevich (2-0=2) / 2 Games; Kevin Klein(0-3=3) / 2 Games.

New York special teams are: 10 for 44: 22.7 percent on the power play overall (8th in the NHL); and 28 for 34: 82.4 percent on the penalty kill overall (12th in the NHL).

Rangers have surrendered 29  goals (8th best in NHL), and have scored 55 goals (best in NHL).

Rangers Notables:

  • The Blueshirts lead the NHL in goal differential this season (plus-26 – 55 goals for, 29 goals against)
  • The Rangers have posted a 8-1-0 record at home this season and have outscored opponents, 42-19, in their first nine games at MSG in 2016-17.
  • .New York leads the NHL in goals for (42) and goals per game (4.67), and lead the NHL in wins (8) at home in 2016-17
  • The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 69 of their last 89 home games, dating back to Oct. 16, 2014 (60-20-9 record). In addition, the Rangers have posted a 35-11-4 record at MSG since the start of last season
  • Over the last eight games, the Rangers have outscored their opponents, 28-7, in the second period and third periods. (17-4 in the second period, 11-3 in the third period).
  • The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in 8 of the last 9 games.
  • New York has recorded a power play goal in six of the last nine games and in eight of 13 games in 2016-17.
  • Rick Nash – 1 goal away from 400 in his NHL career

New York Rangers visit Rogers Arena on November 15 to face the Canucks in the second and final meeting of the season.

VS RANGERS NOTES

  • The Canucks are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games versus the Rangers (2-2-1 in their last 5 meetings)
  • The Canucks have 3 players with 10 or more career points versus the Rangers:
    • Daniel Sedin has 12 points (6-6-12) in 15 career games against the Rangers
    • Loui Eriksson has 11 points (2-9-11) in 16 career games versus the Rangers
    • Henrik Sedin has 10 points (3-7-10) in 14 career games against the Rangers
  • Derek Dorsett played two seasons with the Rangers, registering 8 points (4-4-8) and 128 penalty minutes in 51 regular season games and 2 points (0-2-2) and 47 penalty minutes in 34 playoff games
  • Erik Gudbranson notched his first career NHL goal on Dec. 11/11 versus the Rangers
  • Luca Sbisa made his NHL debut on Oct. 11/08 versus the Rangers, becoming the fourth youngest Flyer and second youngest defenceman at 18 yrs, 255 days
  • Ryan Miller has a record of 15-8-6 along with a .921 save percentage and 2.47 GAA in his career versus the Rangers
  • Jacob Markstrom has a perfect 2-0-0 record versus the Rangers; his .964 save percentage is also tied for the highest versus any single opponent

Pregame Stats

Regular Season Game 14, Road Game 7

Records:
Van: 4-8-1 (Road: 0-5-1)
NYR: 10-3-0 (Home: 8-1-0)

Team    SF    SA     PP        PK     PIM    HITS   GF   GA
Van        355   375    4-41     30-35     184      251       21     37
NYR       372   361    7-29     28-34      99      280      55     29

Team        CF               CA           SCF          SCA        CF60%   CA60%     CF%
Van       694(552)     691(559)    281(215)    294(240)   53.57        54.26         49.68
NYR      688(561)    683(537)    287(229)   279(212)    64.34        61.59          51.09

Note: 5v5 stats in parenthesis for CF & CA, SCF & SCA                                                                  CF60%, CA60% & CF% are 5v5
SCF=scoring chances for; SCA=scoring chances against.

Potential Canucks Lineup:

#22D. Sedin-#33H.Sedin-#21Ericksson
#60Granlund-#20Sutter-#14Burrows
#47Baertschi-#53Horvat-#15Dorsett
#45Chaput-#50Gaunce-#9Jack Skille

#23Edler-#51Stecher
#27Hutton-#44Gudbranson
#5Sbisa-#88Tryamkin

#25Markstrom
#30Miller

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