Game Day Preview: Canucks Host New York Rangers

VANCOUVER, BC - DECEMBER 9: Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks and Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers watch a shot by Alexander Edler #23 of the Vancouver Canucks beat Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers during their NHL game at Rogers Arena December 9, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 2-1. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC – DECEMBER 9: Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks and Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers watch a shot by Alexander Edler #23 of the Vancouver Canucks beat Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers during their NHL game at Rogers Arena December 9, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 2-1. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)


andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 15, 2016

Game Time: 7:00 PM PST
Location: Rogers Arena
TV: Sportsnet Pacific
Radio: TSN 1040

Vancouver (6-9-1=13 pts) play the second game of their 4 game homestand tonight at Rogers Arena against the New York Rangers (12-4-0=24 pts).

The Canucks play the Rangers in the last of two meetings this season; the Canucks having visited New York on November 8, defeating them 5-3.

With the win, Vancouver  ended their five straight regulation road losses (1-5-1) at the time; snapped their losing streak at 9 games (1-8-1); ended their 4 game losing streak on their road trip.

Tonight marks Luca Sbisa’s 400th career NHL game; he becomes just the 3rd Swiss player to appear in 400 NHL games (after Mark Streit (732) and Jonas Hiller (404)).

A Vancouver win tonight would move the Canucks closer to 3rd place Anaheim Ducks.

Jake Virtanen is back with the Canucks after a two game stint with AHL affiliate Utica Comets last weekend. Coach Willie Desjardins told reporters yesterday that Virtanen is day-to-day on when he returns to the lineup.

In the Canucks last game, Vancouver snapped their three game winless streak at home; avenged their road loss to the Red Wings in the last game of their recent road trip; and ended the Dallas Stars 10 game win streak against them,  all with a 5-4 overtime win on Sunday afternoon, in the first game of their four game homestand.

The Canucks trailed three different times against Dallas, coming back each time, for the first time since Dec. 15, 2005, when they edged the Flyers in Philadelphia by a 5–4 score.

Markus Granlund, with his 4th goal of the season in the overtime, was the hero, with the decisive winning goal of the game; and picked up an assist as well, for a two point game.

Brandon Sutter, Alex Burrows and Bo Horvat, with two points each; Troy Stecher with his first NHL goal; and Loui Eriksson, his second goal in the last three games, led the Canucks.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin extended their point streaks with assists in the game. Sven Baertschi had his 4th assist of the season.

Canucks starting goalie Ryan Miller, stopped 17 of 21 shots in the game, his second win of the season.

Tonight marks the second game of a four-game homestand that sees visits from Arizona (Nov. 17) and Chicago (Nov. 19)

Canucks In Brief:

Canucks, are in 5th place in the Pacific division with 13 points; 4 points behind Anaheim Ducks in 3rd place;  2 points ahead of the Calgary Flames; 3 points in front of last place Arizona, who have two games in hand.

Vancouver’s goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom are 21st in the NHL, with a 2.90 GAA and a .895 SV%.

Jacob Markstrom is 15th in the NHL with a 2.23 GAA; Ryan Miller is 29th with a 2.92 GAA (min. 5 games played)

Jacob Markstrom is 19th in the NHL with a .915 save percentage; Ryan Miller is tied for 34th with a .899 save percentage (min. 5 games played)

VANCOUVER, BC – DECEMBER 9: Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save off a New York Ranger shot during their NHL game at Rogers Arena December 9, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 2-1. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Leading scorers:  Henrik Sedin (5-5=10 pts), Daniel Sedin (5-4=9 pts), Bo Horvat (5-4=9 pts), Brandon Sutter (2-6=8 pts), Markus Granlund (4-2=6 pts), Jannik Hansen (2-4=6 pts), Loui Eriksson (2-4=6 pts),  Sven Baertschi (1-4=5 pts); Alex Burrows (2-2=4 pts); Philip Larsen (0-4=4 pts)

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

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

Points streaks: Daniel Sedin (3-2=5 pts / 5 Games); Henrik Sedin (1-3=4 pts / 3 Games); Troy Stecher (1-1=2 pts / 2 Games)

Vancouver special teams are: 5 for 49: 10.2 percent on the power play overall (27th in the NHL), with 55 shots for, 14 shots against, 1 shorthanded goal against; and 40 for 46: 87.0 percent on the penalty kill overall (7th best in NHL), with 42 shots against, 12 shots for, 1 shorthanded goal for.

Canucks have allowed 47 goals against (23rd in NHL), and have scored 32 goals (28th in NHL).

Canucks Notables:

  • Daniel Sedin is on a 5-game active point streak (Nov. 5/16 – present: 3-2-5); he had points in five or more consecutive games on two separate occasions in 2015.16 (7 games: Nov. 14 – Nov. 27; 5 games: Feb. 13 – Feb. 21)
  • After 15 games this season, Vancouver has been held to two goals or fewer in 11 of 16 games
  • Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Bo Horvat 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 are t-18th fewest penalties in the NHL with 67, and have the 3rd most penalty minutes of any team with 206
  • Daniel Sedin’s 46 shots on goal currently rank t-28th in the NHL
  • Alex Edler ranks 3rd in the NHL in blocked shots with 40
  • Nikita Tryamkin ranks t-7th in the NHL in hits per game (3.8)
  • Henrik Sedin and Bo Horvat rank t-16th in the NHL for shooting percentage at 22.7% (min. 10 games played)
  • Brandon Sutter is t-10th in the NHL with 159 faceoff wins; Henrik Sedin is 20th with 142 faceoff wins
  • The Canucks rank 5th with 502 total faceoff wins and are t-4th with 406 even-strength faceoff wins
  • Vancouver’s penalty kill ranks 7th at 87.0%
  • The Canucks are 8th for the fewest shots allowed per game at 28.1
  • Vancouver ranks 8th in faceoff win percentage at 50.9%; in 2015.16, the Canucks’ 45.4% faceoff win percentage ranked 30th

Rangers In Brief:

New York in their last game, despite two key injuries up front, to Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich, the Rangers were able to outlast the Oilers, 3-1, at Rogers Place in Edmonton Sunday night.

Michael Grabner remained hot with a pair of goals and Antti Raanta made 38 saves to remain perfect on the season. Defenseman, Dan Girardi scored as well, and now leads all Rangers defensemen in goals with three.

The Rangers called up forward Cristoval “Boo” Nieves from AHL Hartford on Monday, to address injury issues from the Edmonton game.

Assuming Buchnevich can’t go Tuesday, Nieves will make his NHL debut and give Vigneault a full complement of players.

Chris Kreider will be out of tonight’s game with an upper body injury. Oscar Lindberg will return to the lineup.

Rangers have 24 points are tied for t-2nd place in the NHL with Chicago for; in 1st place in the Metropolitan division 2 points ahead of Pittsburgh,; 5 points in front of Washington and New Jersey.

New York has the 4th best goaltending in the NHL, with Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Raanta , with a 2.25 GAA, and .922 SV%.

Lundqvist is 8-4-0, with a 2.27 GAA, and a .916 SV%. Raanta is 4-0-0, with a 2.05 GAA, and a .938 SV%.

New York leading scorers: J.T. Miller (5-10=15 pts); Kevin Hayes (6-8=14 pts); Michael Grabner (10-3=13 pts); * Jimmy Vesey (7-4=11 pts); Rick Nash (7-4=11 pts); Mika Zibanejad (3-8=11 pts); Chris Kreider (3-8=11 pts); Derek Stepan (2-9=10 pts)   *Rookie

New York injured: Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich, Josh Jooris

Points streaks: Michael Grabner (3-0=3 pts / 2 Games); J.T. Miller (0-2=2 pts / 2 Games)

New York special teams are: 11 for 51: 21.6 percent on the power play overall (9th in the NHL); and 36 for 43: 83.7 percent on the penalty kill overall (11th in the NHL).

Rangers have surrendered 36  goals (10th best in NHL), and have scored 65 goals (best in NHL).

Rangers Notables:

  • WINS BY THE DOZEN – The Rangers’ 12 wins through 16 games this season are tied for the most the team has earned in the first 16 games of one season in franchise history. New York has now earned 12 wins in the first 16 games of a season twice in franchise history (2015-16 and 2016-17).
  • BACK-TO-BACK – In their last 85 back-to-back sets (since the start of the 2010-11 season), the Rangers have posted a 56-23-6 record in the second game of the set. New York has posted a 3-0-0 record in the second game of a back-to-back set in 2016-17.
  • GOALS GALORE – The Rangers have registered 65 goals through the first 16 games of the 2016-17 season. New York has recorded at least 65 goals in the first 16 contests of a season for the first time since 1990-91. The Rangers lead the NHL in goals per game this season (4.06).
  • SAVING THE DAY – In the last two games, Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Raantacombined to a post a .973 SV% (73 saves on 75 shots).
  • THREE’S COMPANY – New York has registered three or more goals in 13 of 16 games this season. The Rangers have recorded at least three goals in 13 of their first 16 games in one season for the first time since 1995-96.
  • MAKING THE DIFFERENCE – The Rangers lead the NHL in goal differential this season (plus-29; 65 goals for, 36 goals against). The Rangers’ plus-29 goal differential through 16 games this season is the second-best goal differential the team has posted through the first 16 games of any season in franchise history (1971-72; plus-34).
  • ALBERTA BOUND – The Rangers defeated the Flames and Oilers, in Calgary and Edmonton, in two consecutive days for the first time in franchise history (Nov. 12 – Nov. 13, 2016). New York had previously defeated Calgary and Edmonton on the road as part of the same road trip once in franchise history (Dec. 14 – Dec. 16, 2014).
  • WINNING WAYS – The Rangers have won seven of their last eight games (7-1-0; dating back to Oct. 30 vs. Tampa Bay. In addition, the Rangers have won 10 of their last 12 games (10-2-0; dating back to Oct. 22 at Washington) and 11 of their last 14 contests (11-3-0; dating back to Oct. 17 vs. San Jose).
  • ROAD WARRIORS – The Rangers are tied for the NHL lead – and lead Eastern Conference teams – in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (76).
  • TWO GOOD – The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of the last 13 games, dating back to Oct. 19 vs. Detroit. The Blueshirts have won 36 of the last 37 games in which they allowed two goals or fewer, dating back to Dec. 15, 2015 (36-1-0).
  • FINISHING THE JOB – The Blueshirts have posted a 10-0-0 record in games which they have held a lead entering the third period this season. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Rangers have posted a 177-3-8 record in 188 regular season games in which they have held a lead entering the third period.
  • SECOND HELPING – New York outscored Edmonton, 1-0, in the second period of tonight’s contest. Thus far this season, the Rangers have posted a plus-21 goal differential in the second period (29-8).
  • BURNING OIL – The Rangers have earned at least one point in 15 of their last 20 road games against the Oilers, dating back to Jan. 23, 1989 (12-5-2-1). The Blueshirts played their first game at Rogers Place, Edmonton’s new arena, tonight.
  • TOP TEN The Rangers are the only NHL team that has 10 players who have tallied 10 or more points thus far this season
  • THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT Three of the 10 NHL rookies who have tallied eight or more points thus far this season are Rangers (Pavel Buchnevich, Brady Skjei, and Jimmy Vesey). In addition, of the four NHL rookies who are averaging at least 0.40 goals per game this season, two are Rangers (Vesey – ranks second with 0.44; Buchnevich – is tied for third with 0.40).
  • Michael Grabner is the second Ranger since 1990-91 to tally 10 even strength goals within the first 16 games of a season (the other is Rick Nash – 2014-15). Grabner has tallied a goal/point in five of the last eight games, recording 10 points (eight goals, two assists) over the span. Grabner leads the NHL in even strength goals this season (10). He has eclipsed his goal total from last season, and he leads the Rangers in goals in 2016-17. In addition, Grabner is one of five NHL players who have registered at least 10 goals this season (along with Patrik Laine, Sidney Crosby, Mark Scheifele, and David Pastrnak), and he is tied for second in the NHL in goals this season. Grabner is one of six Rangers who have tallied at least 10 goals in the first 16 games of one season since 2005-06 (Jaromir Jagr – 2005-06; Brendan Shanahan – 2006-07; Marian Gaborik – 2009-10; Brandon Dubinsky – 2010-11; Rick Nash – 2014-15).
  • Antti Raanta stopped 38 of 39 shots he faced to earn his fourth win of the season against Edmonton. Raanta has made at least 30 saves in 16 games in his career, and he has posted a 14-1-1 record, along with a 1.56 GAA, a .956 SV%, and 3 SO in those contests. Raanta has earned a win in each of his first four decisions in 2016-17 (he was not credited with the decision on Nov. 8 vs. Vancouver).
  • Henrik Lundqvist – 10 GP, 5-5-0, 2.22 GAA, .928 SV%, 2 SO – In his last six starts against Vancouver (dating back to Jan. 13, 2011), Lundqvist has posted a 5-1-0 record, along with a 0.99 GAA, a .967 SV% (175 saves on 181 shots), and 2 SO. In his last four appearances on the road against the Canucks, Lundqvist has posted a 3-1-0 record, along with a 1.00 GAA, a .969 SV% (126 saves on 130 shots), and 1 SO.
  • Rick Nash – 42 GP, 17-21-38 – Since joining the Rangers prior to the start of the 2012-13 season, Nash has tallied 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in seven games against the Canucks. He has posted three multi-assist/point games over the seven contests and has recorded at least one point in six of the seven games.
  • Mika Zibanejad – 7 GP, 4-3-7 – Zibanejad has notched six points (three goals, three assists) in his last four games against Vancouver.
  • Dan Girardi tallied the game-winning goal, led all skaters with four blocked shots, and led the Rangers with three hits in 22:47 of ice time against the Oilers. Girardi leads Rangers defensemen in goals this season (three), and he has notched a point in four of the last seven games he has played (two goals, two assists). Each of Girardi’s three goals this season have been the game-winning goal in the contest, and he is tied for the NHL lead in game-winning goals this season.
  • All-Time: 77-32-8-1 (41-14-5-1 at home; 36-18-3-0 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tonight’s game is the second of two meetings between the Rangers and Canucks, and the only meeting between the two teams in Vancouver. The Rangers have posted a 0-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road) and were defeated by the Canucks, 5-3, on Nov. 8 at MSG. Pavel Buchnevich registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the contest, while Rick Nash tallied his 400th career NHL goal and Mika Zibanejad recorded a goal.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in seven of their last nine games against Vancouver, dating back to Jan. 13, 2011 (6-2- 1).
  • New York has won three of its last four games against the Canucks in Vancouver (dating back to Oct. 18, 2011) and has outscored Vancouver, 13-4, in those games.


  • The Canucks are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games versus the Rangers dating back to the 2009.10 season (3-1-1 in their last 5 meetings)
  • The Canucks have 3 players with 10 or more career points versus the Rangers:
    • Daniel Sedin has 13 points (6-7-13) in 16 career games against the Rangers
    • Loui Eriksson has 12 points (3-9-12) in 17 career games versus the Rangers
    • Henrik Sedin has 12 points (4-8-12) in 15 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 3-0-0 record versus the Rangers; in these games, he has posted a .945 save percentage along with a 2.00 GAA

Pregame Stats

Regular Season Game 17, Home Game 9

NYR: 12-4-0 (Road: 4-2-0)
Van: 6-9-1 (Home: 5-3-0)

Team    SF    SA     PP        PK     PIM    HITS   GF   GA
NYR       469   460   11-51     36-43     92       296      65     36
Van        451   449    5-49     40-46   206       323      32     47

Team        CF               CA           SCF          SCA       CF60%   CA60%   CF%
NYR         859(664)   883(725)  386(292)   333(276)   52.01        56.79       47.80
Van          848(671)    832(662)  338(253)   359(288)   53.14        52.42       50.34

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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