Game Day Preview: Canucks Host Blackhawks In Final Game Of Homestand

VANCOUVER, BC - NOVEMBER 21: Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates after scoring on goalie Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks as Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 skates past in NHL action on November, 21, 2015 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC – NOVEMBER 21: Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates after scoring on goalie Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks as Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 skates past in NHL action on November, 21, 2015 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)


andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 19, 2016

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

Vancouver (7-10-1=15 pts) play the last game of their 4 game homestand tonight at Rogers Arena against Western conference rivals, Chicago Blackhawks (12-4-2=26 pts).

The Canucks play the Blackhawks in their first of three meetings this season; this marks the Blackhawks lone visit to Rogers Arena this season while the Canucks visit Chicago on Jan. 22 and Mar. 21.

After tonights game, Vancouver has a 3 game road trip, that see them in Arizona on November 23; Dallas, November 25; and finishing up against Colorado, on November 26.

In the Canucks last game, Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton scored on a penalty shot in overtime against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night, his second goal of the season, to win it for Vancouver,  3-2.

Henrik Sedin extended his points streak to 7 games (4-4=8 pts / 7 Games), with two points (1-1=2 pts); Alex Edler, had his first two assists of the season (0-2=2 pts), to lead the Canucks.

Brandon Sutter had the other Vancouver goal; and Henrik Sedin picked up an assist. Sutter extended his points streak to three games (3-1=3 pts/ 3 Games).

Canucks starting goalie Jacob Markstrom, stopped 34 of 36 shots in the game, and Michael Garteig, served as backup, with Ryan Miller out with the flu.

Vancouver is 6-4-0 at home this season; 2-1-0 on their homestand.

Canucks In Brief:

Canucks, are  t-5th place in the Pacific division with Calgary at 15 points; 3 points behind San Jose in 3rd place; 3 points ahead of Arizona.

Vancouver’s goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom are 25th in the NHL, with a 3.07 GAA and a .894 SV%:

  • Jacob Markstrom is 20th in the NHL with a 2.71 GAA; Ryan Miller is 22nd with a 2.92 GAA (min. 8 games played)
  • Jacob Markstrom is 24th in the NHL with a .900 save percentage; Ryan Miller is tied for 25th with a .899 save percentage (min. 8 games played)
  • Markstrom is 5-3-1, while Miller is 2-7-0, on the season.

Leading scorers:  Daniel Sedin (6-6=10 pts), Henrik Sedin (5-6=11 pts), Brandon Sutter (4-6=10 pts), Bo Horvat (5-4=9 pts), Markus Granlund (5-2=7 pts), Loui Eriksson (2-4=6 pts), Jannik Hansen (2-4=6 pts), Sven Baertschi (1-4=5 pts), Alex Burrows (2-2=4 pts), Derek Dorsett (1-3=4 pts), Philip Larsen (0-4=4 pts)

Scratches: #55-Alex Biega

Canucks injured:  #9-Tanev; #15-Dorsett; #17-Anton Rodin; #36-Jannik Hansen; #63-Philip Larsen;

Points streaks: Daniel Sedin (4-4=8 pts / 7 Games); Games); Brandon Sutter (3-1=4 pts / 2 Games)

Vancouver special teams are:

  • 6 for 55: 10.9 percent on the power play overall (26th in the NHL), with 66 shots for, 17 shots against, 1 shorthanded goal against
  • 9 for 51: 82.3 percent on the penalty kill overall (16th best in NHL), with 50 shots against, 14 shots for, 1 shorthanded goal for

Canucks have allowed 56 goals against (26th in NHL), and have scored 37 goals (27th in NHL).

Canucks Notables:

  • After starting the season 4-0-0, the Canucks are 3-10-1 in their last 14 games
  • Of the Canucks 7 wins:
    • 4 wins are OT wins (tied for NHL lead with Florida and Los Angeles)
    • 2 wins are in regulation
    • 1 win is a shootout win
    • 3 wins are by 2-1 scores
  • When Vancouver scores 2 or less goals, they are: 3-9-0
  • Of the Canucks 11 losses:
    • 10 losses are in regulation; 1 loss is by shootout
    • 4 losses are by shutout
    • 4 losses, just scoring 2 goals
    • 1 loss, just scoring 1 goal
    • 1 loss, scoring 3 goals
    • 1 SO loss, scoring 3 goals
  • After 18 games this season, Vancouver has been held to two goals or fewer in 12 of 18 games
  • Canucks have given up the first goal of the game in 16 of 18 games this season.
  • Michael Chaput has a FOW% of 63.9 (23 for 36) in 6 GP, all at even strength, and is 2nd in the NHL in FOW% (min. 6 GP and 36 FO)
  • Troy Stecher ranks 4th in rookie TOI/game with 20:46 in 9 GP
  • Stecher also ranks 6th in rookie Shifts/GP at 25.7; and is 7th in power play TOI/GP with 2:41.
  • Alex Edler ranks t-2nd in the NHL in blocked shots with 45.
  • Edler also leads the team and ranks t-13th in the NHL with 24:42 TOI per game; last season, he led the team in ice time with 24:37 TOI/game and led the team in that category in 48 games, including 26 games where he led all skaters in TOI.
  • Nikita Tryamkin ranks t-6th in the NHL in hits per game (3.8).
  • Brandon Sutter is t-9th in the NHL with 179 faceoff wins; Henrik Sedin is 27th with 151 faceoff wins.
  • Markus Granlund is t-2nd on the team in goals (5) through 18 games; last season, Granlund did not reach the 5-goal mark until his 38th game played.
  • Daniel Sedin is on a 7-game active point streak (Nov. 5/16 – present: 4-4-8); 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). His current streak ranks t-5 in the NHL for the longest scoring streak this season
  • The Canucks rank 3rd with 584 total faceoff wins and rank 1st with 477 even-strength faceoff wins.
  • The Canucks are 9th for the fewest shots allowed per game at 28.3.
  • Vancouver ranks 6th in faceoff win percentage at 51.7%; in 2015.16, the Canucks’ 45.4% faceoff win percentage ranked 30th.
  • According to Elias Sports Bureau, Ben Hutton became the first Canucks player to score a penalty shot in overtime. He also became just the third defenceman to do so since regular season overtime was reintroduced in the 1983-84 season and second in the last 7 days, joining Carolina’s Frantisek Kaberle (Jan. 13, 2006 vs NSH) and New Jersey’s Andy Greene (Nov. 11, 2016 at BUF).

Blackhawks In Brief:

The Blackhawks are in the midst of a 7 game road trip,  their annual Circus Trip, which began on Tuesday night, with a 4-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

The rest of Chicago’s road trip is against Pacific division opponents, except for the Anaheim Ducks.

Also, the Blackhawks are in the middle of five straight games against Canadian teams, which started off with a 3-2 win in Montreal against the Canadiens on November 13; then the Winnipeg loss Tuesday, a win against Calgary on Friday night. After Vancouver tonight, they play Edmonton on Monday night.

Chicago in their last game, took on the Calgary Flames last night, and a late goal with less than three minutes left, by Marian Hosa, was the difference in a 3-2 win for the Blackhawks.

Corey Crawford stopped 28 of 30 shots.

Blackhawks have 26 points are in t-2nd place in the NHL, 2 points behind first place Montreal; in 1st place in the Central division, 5 points ahead of St. Louis.

Chicago has the 11th best goaltending in the NHL, with Corey Crawford, and Scott Darling, with a 2.33 GAA, and .924 SV%.

Crawford is 9-4-2, with a 2.17 GAA, and a .928 SV%. Darling is 3-0-0, with a 2.99 GAA, and a .907 SV%.

Arizona leading scorers: Patrick Kane (6-13=19 pts); Artem Anisimov (8-10=18 pts); Artemi Panarin (6-11=17 pts); Marian Hossa (10-6=16 pts); Duncan Keith (0-13=13 pts); Duncan Keith (0-13=13 pts); Jonathan Toews (4-8=12 pts); Brent Seabrook (2-9=11 pts); Richard Panik(6-4=10 pts)

Blackhawks injured: Vincent Hinostroza, Tyler Motte, Trevor van Riemsdyk

Points streaks: none

Blackhawks special teams are:

  • 13 for 67: 19.4 percent on the power play overall (12th in the NHL); and 17 for 57: 70.2 percent on the penalty kill overall (30th in the NHL).

Blackhawks have surrendered 44  goals (13th best in NHL), and have scored 56 goals (t-5th in NHL).

Blackhawks Notables:

  • For just the second time over the past eight seasons (excluding the shortened 2012-13 season) the Blackhawks opened their annual Circus Trip with a loss after falling 4-0 to WPG on Tuesday … The Blackhawks have gone 29-12-4 on the Circus Trip since Joel Quenneville took over behind the bench in 2008, and have outscored their opponents 148-118 … Last season, the Blackhawks finished the road swing with a 3-1-2 record.
  • The Blackhawks began their annual Circus Trip Tuesday which includes a 12-day road trip with seven stops and approximately 5,604 miles of air travel … The Blackhawks are in the midst of five straight games against Canadian foes … Chicago has earned points in 19 of their last 20 games vs. Canadian opponents and boasts a record of 17-1-2.
  • The Blackhawks next five opponents are from the Pacific Division … Saturday’s game is Chicago’s seventh against foes from the Pacific … The Blackhawks carry a 4-1-1 record against Pacific Division teams this season.
  • Tuesday’s 4-0 loss to Winnipeg snapped an 11-game point streak for the Blackhawks (9-0-2) dating back to Oct. 22 … The point streak is the longest in the NHL this season and included a seven game winning streak from Oct. 28 – Nov. 9 which is the second longest of its kind this season.
  • Chicago won the season series last season with a 2-1-0 record vs. VAN
  • Chicago is 8-4-4 vs. Vancouver dating back to the 2011- 12 season.
  • Forward Jordin Tootoo has scored six career goals vs. VAN which is his most against any opponent (tied with STL)
  • Vancouver forward Jack Skille was drafted by the Blackhawks in the first round (#7 overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft
  • Forward Marian Hossa notched his 10th goal of the season on Friday night … Hossa has recorded goals in eight of his last 11 outings … His third period marker on Friday stood as his second game-winning tally of the season … He surpassed Daniel Sedin and Ron Francis to tie Patrik Elias for 26th all-time with 80 career game-winners … Six of Hossa’s 10 goals this season have come in the 3rd period or overtime.
  • Chicago defensemen have totaled 41 points (7g, 34a) this season making them one of four defensive units in the NHL to tally more than 40 points this season … The other three teams include PHI 55 (13g, 42a), NYR 49 (6g, 43a), and MTL 49 (15g, 34a) … Duncan Keith leads Chicago blueliners with 13 points (13A) which ranks tied for fifth among all NHL defenseme


  • Henrik Sedin led Canucks skaters in scoring vs the Blackhawks in the 2015.16 season series (1-4-5 in 3 GP)
  • Vancouver is 3-3-0 over the last two seasons against Chicago
  • Alex Burrows appeared in his 100th career game vs CHI on Feb. 16/07 Alex Edler collected his 200th NHL assist vs CHI on Nov. 21/15
  • Loui Eriksson (Nov. 29/06) and Bo Horvat (Nov. 23/14) recorded their first career assists vs CHI
  • Daniel Sedin appeared in his 1000th NHL game (Nov. 23/14) and collected his 900th career point (Nov. 21/15) vs CHI
  • Henrik Sedin played his 100th career game vs CHI on Nov. 9/01

Pregame Stats

Regular Season Game 19, Home Game 11

Chi: 12-4-2 (Road: 4-3-0)
Van: 7-10-1 (Home: 6-4-0)

Team    SF    SA     PP        PK     PIM    HITS   GF   GA
Chi          516  553    13-67    17-57     143       277       56     44
Van         531   510     6-55     9-51      216       359      37     56

Team        CF               CA           SCF          SCA       CF60%   CA60%   CF%
Chi         983(750)    968(737)  378(276)   405(309)    53.14        52.14      50.47
Van        988(787)    926(741)  391(296)   400(323)    54.96        51.74       51.51

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-#20Sutter
#9Skille-#50Gaunce- #46Megna


#30Ryan Miller

They Said It….

Coach Desjardins talks about what Jayson Megna brings to the lineup tonight:

Alex Burrows talks about what Vancouver needs to do to be successful tonight:




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