Game Day Preview: Canucks Host Dallas Stars To Begin Four Game Homestand

Derek Dorsett #15 of the Vancouver Canucks and Antoine Roussel #21 of the Dallas Stars fight in front of the Vancouver bench during their NHL game at Rogers Arena December 3, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)


andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 13, 2016

Game Time: 1:00 PM PST
Location: Rogers Arena
TV: Sportsnet Pacific
Radio: TSN 1040

Vancouver (5-9-1=11 pts) play the first game of a 4 game homestand this afternoon at Rogers Arena against the Dallas Stars (6-6-3=13 pts).

The Canucks play the Stars in their first of three meetings this season; the Canucks visit Dallas on Nov. 25 and Mar. 16.

On this homestand, Vancouver will have visits from the New York Rangers (Nov. 15), Arizona (Nov. 17) and Chicago (Nov. 19).

In the Canucks last game, of their recently completed 6 game road trip, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Canucks 3-1, handing Vancouver their 5th loss of the trip (1-5-0); leaving Vancouver with only 1 win in their last 11 games (1-9-1).

Canucks had their lone goal from Daniel Sedin (5), assists going to Henrik Sedin (4) and Troy Stecher (2).

Vancouver is now 1-6-1 on the road.

The Canucks last homestand, before their 6 game road trip, Vancouver lost all three games, two of them by 3-0 shutouts (to Ottawa and Edmonton), before losing to the Washington Capitals 5-2; being outscored 11-2 on the homestand, and leaving them with a home record of 4-3-0.

The Canucks will be trying to get back on the winning track, snapping their three game winless streak at home; and avenging their loss to the Red Wings, all against the visiting Dallas Stars.

Canucks In Brief:

Canucks, are tied for 28th place in the NHL (with Calgary); and are 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 one game in hand on Vancouver.

Vancouver’s goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom are 20th in the NHL, with a 2.83 GAA and a .900 SV%.

Jacob Markstrom is 14th in the NHL with a 2.23 GAA; Ryan Miller is 27th with a 2.76 GAA (min. 5 games played)

Jacob Markstrom is 18th in the NHL with a .915 save percentage; Ryan Miller is tied for 25th with a .907 save percentage (min. 5 games played)

Leading scorers:  Henrik Sedin (5-4=9 pts), Daniel Sedin (5-3=8 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 (3-1=4 pts / 4 Games); Henrik Sedin (1-2=3 pts / 2 Games)

Vancouver special teams are: 4 for 46: 8.7 percent on the power play overall (30th in the NHL), with 50 shots for, 14 shots against, 1 shorthanded goal against; and 38 for 44: 86.4 percent on the penalty kill overall (6th best in NHL), with 40 shots against, 11 shots for, 1 shorthanded goal for.

Canucks have allowed 43 goals against (t-20th in NHL), and have scored 27 goals (t-29th in NHL).

Canucks Notables:

  • After 15 games this season, Vancouver has been held to two goals or fewer in 11 of 15 games
  • Daniel and Henrik Sedin share the team lead in goals (5)
  • 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 19th fewest penalties in the NHL with 65, and have the 3rd most penalty minutes of any team with 202
  • Daniel Sedin’s 42 shots on goal currently rank t-33rd in the NHL
  • Alex Edler ranks t-4th in the NHL in blocked shots with 38
  • Nikita Tryamkin ranks t-10th in the NHL in hits per game (3.6)
  • Henrik Sedin ranks t-15th in the NHL for shooting percentage at 23.8% (min. 10 games played)
  • Brandon Sutter is t-15th in the NHL with 145 faceoff wins; Henrik Sedin is 20th with 139 faceoff wins
  • The Canucks rank t-7th with 471 total faceoff wins and are 6th with 381 even-strength faceoff wins
  • Vancouver’s penalty kill ranks 6th at 86.4%
  • The Canucks are t-10th for the fewest shots allowed per game at 28.5
  • Vancouver ranks 8th in faceoff win percentage at 50.7%; in 2015.16, the Canucks’ 45.4% faceoff win percentage ranked 30th
  • Former Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis makes his return to Vancouver after signing with Dallas in the off-season. After six seasons in Vancouver, Hamhuis ranks in the top-20 all-time amongst Canucks defencemen in a number of statistical categories including:
    • +/-: (T-1st – 78)
    • Assists: (13th – 119)
    • Points: (14th – 142)
    • Games Played: (14th – 389)

Stars In Brief:

Dallas in their last game, won 3-2 against the Oilers in Edmonton Friday night. Antoine Roussel scored the game winner and Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves, and the Stars evened up their record at 6-6-3.

The Stars are now 2-1-0 on their Western Canada road trip, with two straight wins, coming into Rogers Arena tonight. And are 2-1-1 on their 5 game road trip, which they finish up against the Canucks.

The night before, the Stars defeated the Flames in Calgary 4-2 as Jaime Benn scored twice, to help end a three game losing streak, ending a personal 9 game scoring drought. Kari Lehtonen made 29 saves.

On Tuesday night, the Stars were thrashed by the Winnipeg Jets 8-2, after opening up their present 5 game road trip with a 4-3 OT loss to the Chicago Blackhawks last Sunday.

Stars are tied for t-18th place in the NHL with Florida, Nashville, Minnesota and Toronto; tied for 4th place in the Central division with Minnesota and Nashville, with 15 points,; 7 points behind first place Chicago; and 3 points in front of 7th place Colorado.

Dallas have the 26th best goaltending in the NHL, with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi , with a 3.31 GAA, and .893 SV%.

Lehtonen is 3-4-2, with a 2.96 GAA, and a .897 SV%. Niemi is 3-2-0, with a 3.65 GAA, and a .892 SV%.

Stars leading scorers: Tyler Seguin (7-10=17 pts); Jamie Benn (4-9=13 pts); Patrick Eaves (4-6=10 pts); Antoine Roussel (3-6=9 pts); John Klingberg (2-7=9 pts); * Devin Shore (1-6=7 pts).  *Rookie

Dallas injured: Jason Spezza, Jiri Hudler, Alex Hemsky, Patrik Sharp, Mattias Janmark, Cody Eakin,

Points streaks: Tyler Seguin (2-3=5 pts) / 4 Games; Antoine Roussel (2-4=6 pts) / 5 Games; Jaime Benn (2-2=4 pts / 2 Games); Lauri Korpikoski (2-0=2 pts / 2 Games)

Dallas special teams are: 11 for 61: 18 percent on the power play overall (17th in the NHL); and 44 for 57: 77.2 percent on the penalty kill overall (27th in the NHL).

Stars have surrendered 50  goals (27th best in NHL), and have scored 40 goals (t-12th best in NHL).

Stars Notables:

  • The Stars wrap up their three-game swing through Western Canada on Sunday at Vancouver. The Stars are 2-0-0 against Western Canadian teams this season after posting back-to-back wins over Calgary (4-2) and Edmonton (3-2) on Thursday and Friday.
  • Last season, the Stars earned points in all three road games in Western Canada, posting a 1-0-2 record.
  • Dallas comes into this three-game swing having earned points in 20 of the last 24 trips to Western Canada since the start of the 2011-12 season, as the team has posted an 18-4-2 record over that span.
  • Since 2011-12, the Stars are 5-2-1 on the road against Calgary, while the club boasts a 7-1-1 record at Edmonton and a 7-1-0 mark at Vancouver.
  • The Stars currently boast a 10-game winning streak over the Canucks, which includes wins in each of the last five trips to Vancouver. This marks the second-longest active winning streak against a single team in the NHL.
  • Dallas’ current 10-game winning streak over the Canucks also matches the second-longest winning streak against a single NHL club in franchise history.
  • Forward Patrick Sharp led the Stars with five points (3-2=5) against Vancouver in 2015-16. Sharp is riding a three-game point streak (3-2=5) against the Canucks, and has tallied seven points (4-3=7) in his last six games against them.
  • Sharp leads all current Stars with 13 career goals against Vancouver and has recorded 21 points (13-8=21) in 34 career games against them.
  • Stars captain Jamie Benn recorded three points (2-1=3) against the Canucks last season and now has 19 points (10-9=19) in 21 career games against them. Benn comes into Sunday’s contest with points in three of his last four games (3-1=4) against Vancouver, and in 11 of his last 13 (8-8=16) against them.
  • Forward Tyler Seguin registered three points (1-2=3) last season against Vancouver and is currently riding a four-game point streak (2-3=5). Seguin has also earned points (2-2=4) in three of his last four games at Rogers Arena.
  • Seguin has recorded 16 career points (6-10=16) against the Canucks, having tallied at least one point in nine of the 11 games he’s played against them.
  • Goaltender Kari Lehtonen went 1-0-0 with a 2.00 goals against average and a .875 save percentage in one appearance against the Canucks last season. Lehtonen comes into Sunday’s tilt riding an eight-game winning streak against Vancouver, while he owns a 10-7- 0 record with a 2.58 GAA and a .919 SV% in 18 career appearances against them.
  • Netminder Antti Niemi posted a 2-0-0 record with a 2.36 GAA and a .926 SV% in two appearances against Vancouver last season. Niemi is 13-9-2 in 24 career appearances against the Canucks, posting a 2.55 GAA and a .916 SV% against them.
  • Netminder Kari Lehtonen posted season-highs in saves (40) and shots faced (42) in Friday’s 3-2 win at Edmonton. Lehtonen is 2-0-0 in his last two starts and has earned a point in three of his last four (2-1-1).
  • Forward Curtis McKenzie shared the team lead on Friday with three hits at Edmonton. McKenzie now ranks third among Stars forwards and fourth among all team skaters with 24 hits this season.
  • Defenseman John Klingberg posted two blocked shots against the Oilers on Friday night and now ranks second on the Stars with 23 blocked shots this season.


  • In 2015.16:
    • Overall 0-1-2
    • At Vancouver 0-1-0
    • At Dallas 0-0-2
  • All-Time:
    • Overall 70-82-30
    • At Vancouver 41-36-13
    • At Dallas 29-46-17
  • Alex Burrows’ lone successful penalty shot attempt occurred on Oct. 25/15 vs Dallas (Niemi)
  • Alex Edler’s first career assist occurred on Nov. 6/06 vs Dallas; he now as 207 assists in his career, good for 5th all-time amongst Canucks defencemen
  • Loui Eriksson was drafted by Dallas in 2003 and played in parts of 7 seasons with the Stars; he currently ranks 7th all-time in Stars scoring with 357 points, 6th all-time in goals with 150, 8th all-time in assists with 207, 9th all-time in power-play goals with 36, 5th all-time in shorthanded goals with 7 and t-8th all-time in game-winning goals with 20
  • Loui Eriksson has played in 6 games versus the Stars in his career notching 4 goals in these contests
  • Brendan Gaunce made his NHL debut last season on Oct. 29/15 at Dallas
  • Philip Larsen was drafted by Dallas in 2008 and played in parts of 4 seasons with the Stars registering 19 points (5-14-19) in 95 games
  • Henrik Sedin has 47 career points (11-36-47) in 54 games to lead all skaters in career scoring versus the Stars
  • Daniel Sedin has 39 career points (15-24-39) in 50 games versus Dallas
  • Willie Desjardins served as an Associate Coach in Dallas for two seasons before serving as Head Coach of their AHL affiliate; in two seasons with the Texas Stars, Desjardins compiled a record of 91-40-21 and led the Stars to a Calder Cup Championship in 2014.
  • Doug Lidster served as an Assistant Coach with the Texas Stars from 2012 to 2014 and helped the team capture a Calder Cup Championship.

Pregame Stats

Regular Season Game 16, Home Game 8

Dal: 6-6-3 (Road: 3-4-2)
Van: 5-9-1 (Home: 4-3-0)

Team    SF    SA     PP        PK     PIM    HITS   GF   GA
Dal         446   469   11-61     44-57    221       298      40     50
Van        421   428    4-46     38-44   202       294      27     43

Team        CF               CA           SCF          SCA        CF60%   CA60%     CF%
Dal         866(632)     896(652)  343(235)  349(249)    57.03        54.84         49.22
Van        735(630)      743(630)  319(242)  339(273)    53.32        53.32         50.00

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



Potential Stars Lineup:




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