Game Day Preview: Canucks Attempt To Extend Win Streak Against Red Wings To Finish Road Trip

DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 18: Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings covers the puck as teammate Alexei Marchenko #47 and Bo Horvat #53 of the Vancouver Canucks stop in front during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on December 18, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)


andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 10, 2016

Game Time: 4:30 PM PST
Location: Joe Lewis Arena
TV: Sportsnet Vancouver
Radio: TSN 1040

Vancouver (5-8-1=11 pts) visit Joe Lewis Arena to take on the Detroit Red Wings (7-6-1=15 pts), in the last game of their 6 game road trip.

This road trip this is tied for their longest road trip of the season (Canucks also play six games away from home from February 7-16, 2017)

A regulation loss tonight would have the Canucks matching their fewest points in 15 games into a season (11) since 1997-98 (8 pts: 3-10-2).

Tuesday night, Vancouver defeated the New York Rangers 5-3, ending the Rangers 5 game win streak; ending their own ending five straight regulation road losses (1-5-1); ending their losing streak at 9 games (1-8-1); ending their 4 game losing streak on their road trip; and making it three consecutive games of scoring at least two goals.

Four Canucks registered two point games in the victory; and three netted their first goals of the season; and two garnered their first assists/points as Canucks:

  • Alex Burrows scored his first two goals of the season
  • Sven Baertschi scored his first goal of the season, and got an assist
  • Bo Horvat picked up two assists
  • Henrik Sedin scored his 5th goal of the season, to take over the team lead in goals; and had an assist

Loui Ericksson ended his 13 game scoreless drought by scoring in his 14 game of the season, to pick up his first goal.

Michael Chaput and Jack Skille registered their first points as a Canuck, picking up an assist each in the win.

Brendan Gaunce, Erik Gudbranson, Derek Dorsett, and Daniel Sedin also picked up helpers to help end the Canucks losing streak and get their first road win of the season; and of the road trip.

It was the first time this season, that Vancouver scored five goals in a game.

Canucks starting goalie Jacob Marstrom, stopped 23 of 26 shots in the game, his 4th win overall, and first road win of the season.

Markstrom, is now 4-2-1 with a 2.23 GAA and a .915 save percentage, on the season, in 7 game starts.

Ryan Miller is expect to get the start tonight against the Red Wings.

DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 18: Dylan Larkin #71 of the Detroit Red Wings skates in for a shootout attempt on Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on December 18, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. The Canucks defeated the Wings 4-3 in a shootout. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Canucks In Brief:

Canucks, are tied for 24th place in the NHL (tied with Dallas, Calgary and Nashville); and are in tied for 5th place in the Pacific division with Calgary, with 11 points; 8 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 21st in the NHL, with a 2.82 GAA and a .900 SV%.

Jacob Markstrom is 10th in the NHL with a 2.23 GAA; Ryan Miller is 21st with a 2.76 GAA (min. 5 games played)

Jacob Markstrom is 16th in the NHL with a .915 save percentage; Ryan Miller is 18th with a .910 save percentage (min. 5 games

Leading scorers:  Henrik Sedin (5-3=8 pts), Daniel Sedin (4-3=7 pts), Bo Horvat (4-3=7 pts), Jannik Hansen (2-4=6 pts), Brandon Sutter (1-5=6 pts), Loui Eriksson (1-4=5 pts), Markus Granlund (3-1=4 pts), Sven Baertschi (1-3=4 pts); Philip Larsen (0-4=4 pts)

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

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

Points streaks: Daniel Sedin (2-1=3 pts / 3 Games; Bo Horvat (0-3=3) / 2 Games

Vancouver special teams are: 4 for 43: 9.3 percent on the power play overall (29th in the NHL), with 47 shots for, 13 shots against, 1 shorthanded goal against; and 34 for 40: 85.0 percent on the penalty kill overall (9th best in NHL), with 37 shots against, 10 shots for, 1 shorthanded goal for.

Canucks have allowed 40 goals against (23rd in NHL), and have scored 26 goals (28th in NHL).

Canucks Notables:

  • After 14 games this season, Vancouver has been held to two goals or fewer in 10 of 14 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 21st fewest penalties in the NHL with 61, and have the 3rd most penalty minutes of any team with 191
  • Daniel Sedin’s 39 shots on goal currently rank t-29th in the NHL
  • Alex Edler ranks t-2nd in the NHL in blocked shots with 37
  • Nikita Tryamkin ranks t-9th in the NHL in hits per game (3.5)
  • Henrik Sedin ranks t-22nd in the NHL for shooting percentage at 25.0% (min. 5 games played)
  • Brandon Sutter is 8th in the NHL with 138 faceoff wins; Henrik Sedin is 18th with 127 faceoff wins
  • The Canucks rank 2nd with 451 total faceoff wins and lead the League with 358 even-strength faceoff wins
  • Vancouver’s penalty kill ranks 9th at 85.0%
  • The Canucks are 8th for the fewest shots allowed per game at 28.6
  • Vancouver ranks 6th in faceoff win percentage at 51.0%; in 2015.16, the Canucks’ 45.4% faceoff win percentage ranked 30th

Red Wings In Brief:

Detroit in their last game, won 3-2 in a shootout over the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday night. The win ended a five-game skid for the Red Wings, who were 0-4-1 in their previous five games. They had also lost 12 straight in Philadelphia, where they hadn’t won since 1997.

Red Wings are tied for  8th place in the NHL with New Jersey and Tampa Bay; and tied for 2nd place in the Atlantic division with Tampa Bay, with 15 points, 8 points behind Montreal; 1 point ahead of Ottawa and Boston.

Detroit have the 17th best goaltending in the NHL, with Petr Mrazek and Jimmy Howard , with a 2.61 GAA, and .918 SV%.

Mrazek is 4-4-1, with a 3.18 GAA, and a .904 SV%. Howard is 3-2-0, with a 1.26 GAA, and a .958 SV%.

Red Wings leading scorers: Mike Green (3-7=10 pts); Gustav Nyquist (3-6=9 pts); Thomas Vanek (4-4=18 pts); Henrik Zetterberg (2-6=8 pts); Darren Helm (4-3=7 pts) Frans Nielsen (2-5=7 pts).

Detroit injured: Tomas Jurco – Back (14 – Oct. 13) Thomas Vanek – Lower Body (7 – Oct. 27)

Points streaks: none

Detroit special teams are: 9 for 50: 18.0 percent on the power play overall (17th in the NHL); and 34 for 43: 79.1 percent on the penalty kill overall (22nd in the NHL).

Red Wings have surrendered 37  goals (tied for 19th best in NHL), and have scored 36 goals (11th best in NHL).

Red Wings Notables:

  • Jimmy Howard picked up his 192nd career victory on 11/8 at PHI to move into sole possession to move into 9th place in NHL history
    for wins by American-born netminder, passing Guy Hebert. Additionally, with his next shutout, he will match his idol, Mike Richter, for
    10th-most all-time among American-born goaltenders. Currently, he is tied for 9th in wins among American netminders.
  • Since Mike and Marian Ilitch purchased the Detroit Red Wings in 1982, the team has won a combined 1,554 regular season and
    playoff games, more than any other franchise in the NHL.
  • The Red Wings are also the only team to have won 1,000+ games since 1995-96, with 937 regular-season wins and 145 postseason
    victories, totaling 1,082 wins.
  • Detroit extended its home sellout streak to 238 games after Sunday’s game vs. Edmonton. The sellout streak started on 12/19/10 when Detroit
    hosted Dallas at Joe Louis Arena.
  • On Nov 8, Detroit ended a 12-game losing streak in Philadelphia that spanned nearly 19 years – since Game 2 of the 1997 Stanley Cup Final and first regular season win since 1/25/97

Detroit Red Wings visit Rogers Arena on February 28, 2017 to face the Canucks in the second and final meeting of the season.


  • Alex Burrows scored in the final round of the shootout on Feb. 23/12 to give Vancouver a 4-3 win over the Red Wings at Joe Louis
    Arena; the win snapped Detroit’s NHL record 23-game home winning streak
  • Alex Edler’s lone career short-handed goal occurred on Dec. 21/11 vs DET
  • Jannik Hansen’s first career regular season goal came on Oct. 16/08 at DET
  • Daniel Sedin’s career-high for most goals in a game (4) occurred on Feb. 24/04 vs DET
  • Brandon Sutter’s last power-play goal came on Oct. 24/15 vs DET
  • In 10 head-to-head meetings versus his brother Drew, Ryan Miller has posted a 2-6-2 record

Pregame Stats

Regular Season Game 15, Road Game 8

Van: 5-8-1 (Road: 1-5-1)
Det: 7-6-1 (Home: 4-4-0)

Team    SF    SA     PP        PK     PIM    HITS   GF   GA
Van        384   401    4-43     34-40   184       268      26     40
Det         365   424   9-50     34-43    150       266      36     37

Team        CF               CA           SCF          SCA        CF60%   CA60%     CF%
Van       735(584)     743(597)    302(231)    322(259)   52.83        54.01         49.45
Det         707(529)     793(607)   281(203)    281(204)   49.44       56.81         46.53

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
#45Chaput-#50Gaunce-#9Jack Skille



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