Game Day Preview: Canucks Battle Arizona For Second Road Win Of Season

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 10: Goalie Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a glove save in front of teammate Christopher Tanev #8 and Martin Hanzal #11 of the Arizona Coyotes during the third period at Gila River Arena on February 10, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 10: Goalie Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a glove save in front of teammate Christopher Tanev #8 and Martin Hanzal #11 of the Arizona Coyotes during the third period at Gila River Arena on February 10, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)


andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 23, 2016

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

Vancouver (7-10-2=16 pts) play the first game of a three game road trip tonight at Gila River Arena against Pacific division rivals, Arizona Coyotes (6-9-2=14 pts).

It’s the second of five meetings this season; the Coyotes visited Vancouver November 17, and the Canucks won 3-2 in overtime on a penalty shot goal by Ben Hutton.

The Coyotes return to Rogers Arena on Jan. 4 while the Canucks visit Arizona on Jan. 26 and Apr. 6.

In the their last game, the Canucks took a 3-0 lead against the Chicago Blackhawks into the final period, only to have Chicago score four unanswered goals to win the game, 4-3 in overtime.

Brandon Sutter (5), Loui Eriksson (3), Bo Horvat (6) staked Vancouver to a 3-0 lead. Helpers came from Henrik Sedin (7), Daniel Sedin (7), Alex Burrows (3), Sven Baertschi (5) and Ben Hutton (2).

Canucks starting goalie Jacob Markstrom, stopped 28 of 32 shots in the game.

Canucks In Brief:

Canucks, are in 6th place in the Pacific division, with 16 points; 5 points behind the Kings; 2 points ahead of the Coyotes, who have two games in hand.

Vancouver’s goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom are 25th in the NHL, with a 3.10 GAA and a .889 SV%:

  • Jacob Markstrom is 21st in the NHL with a 2.82 GAA; Ryan Miller is t-22nd with a 2.92 GAA (min. 8 games played)
  • Jacob Markstrom is t-26th in the NHL with a .897 save percentage; Ryan Miller is 25th with a .899 save percentage (min. 8 games played)
  • Markstrom is 5-3-2, while Miller is 2-7-0, on the season.

Leading scorers:  Daniel Sedin (6-7=13 pts), Henrik Sedin (5-7=12 pts), Brandon Sutter (5-6=11 pts), Bo Horvat (6-4=10 pts), Markus Granlund (5-2=7 pts), Loui Eriksson (3-4=7 pts), Jannik Hansen (2-4=6 pts), Sven Baertschi (1-5=6 pts), Alex Burrows (2-3=5 pts), Ben Hutton (2-2=4 pts), Derek Dorsett (1-3=4 pts), Philip Larsen (0-4=4 pts)

Scratches: #55-Alex Biega; #62-Joseph LaBate

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

Points streaks: Daniel Sedin (4-5=9 pts / 8 Games); Brandon Sutter (4-1=5 pts / 3 Games); Henrik Sedin (0-2=2 pts / 2 Games); Ben Hutton (1-1=2 pts / 2 Games)

Vancouver special teams are:

  • 7 for 57: 12.3 percent on the power play overall (27th in the NHL), with 70 shots for, 17 shots against, 1 shorthanded goal against
  • 9 for 54: 83.3 percent on the penalty kill overall (t-11th best in NHL), with 53 shots against, 15 shots for, 2 shorthanded goals for

Canucks have allowed 60 goals against (25th in NHL), and have scored 40 goals (27th in NHL).

Canucks Notables:

  • Vancouver has been held to two goals or fewer in 12 of 19 games
  • Canucks have given up the first goal of the game in 16 of 19 games
  • Michael Chaput has a FOW% of 61.2 (30 for 49) in 7 GP, all at even strength (t-7th in NHL)
  • Chaput is also 4th overall in NHL in FOW%: 61.2 percent (min. 7 GP and 36 FO)
  • Troy Stecher ranks 5th in rookie TOI/game with 20:52 in 10 GP
  • Stecher also ranks 5th in rookie Shifts/GP at 26.5; and is 8th in power play TOI/GP with 2:35.
  • Stecher ranks 32nd among rookie defensemen in even strength TOI with 182:31; and 32nd among rookie defensemen in TOI, with 208:48
  • Alex Edler ranks t-5th in the NHL in blocked shots with 45.
  • Edler also leads the team and ranks 11th in the NHL with 24:51 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-10th in the NHL in hits per game (3.4).
  • Brandon Sutter is 14th in the NHL with 189 faceoff wins; Bo Horvat is t-26th with 154 faceoff wins.
  • Markus Granlund is t-3rd 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 8-game active point streak (Nov. 5/16 – present: 4-5-9); 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-3rd in the NHL for the longest scoring streak this season. The longest scoring streak of Daniel’s career spanned over 11 games (3-14-17) from Feb.12-Mar. 16/10.
  • The Canucks rank 8th with 611 total faceoff wins and rank t-4th with 497 even-strength faceoff wins.
  • The Canucks are 10th for the fewest shots allowed per game at 28.5.
  • Vancouver ranks t-6th in faceoff win percentage at 51.4%; 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).

Coyotes In Brief:

Coyotes have 14 points and are in 7th place in the Pacific division, 2 points behind Vancouver, with two games in hand.

Arizona in their last game, had Martin Hanzal score the winning goal to get the Coyotes past San Jose 3-2 in overtime, after the Sharks rallied in the third period to send the game past regulation.

Tobias Rieder and Max Domi also scored for Arizona, and Arizona ended their four game losing streak with the win (0-2-2).

Mike Smith stopped 43 of 45 shots for the Coyotes.

Arizona has the 27th best goaltending in the NHL, with Louis Domingue, Mike Smith and Justin Peters, with a 3.25 GAA, and .903 SV%.

Domingue is 4-8-1, with a 3.37 GAA, and a .902 SV%. Smith is 2-0-1, with a 2.59 GAA, and a .922 SV%. Peters is 0-1-0, with a 3.16 GAA, and a ..900 SV%.

Arizona leading scorers: Max Domi (2-11=13 pts); Radim Vrbata (6-6=12 pts); Jordan Martinook (5-5=10 pts); Brad Richardson (5-4=9 pts); Oliver Ekman-Larsson (5-3=8 pts);  Tobias Rieder (5-3=8 pts); Martin Hanzal (3-4=7 pts); Alex Goligoski (0-7=7 pts); Jamie McGinn (3-3=6 pts)

Coyotes injured: Brad Richardson…IR…Lower Body

Points streaks: Martin Hanzal (1-2=3 pts / 2 Games); Max Domi (1-1=2 pts / 2 Games); Anthony Deangelo (1-1=2 pts / 2 Games)

Coyotes special teams are:

  • 7 for 51: 13.7 percent on the power play overall (24th in the NHL)
  • 12 for 51: 76.5 percent on the penalty kill overall (28th in the NHL)

Coyotes have surrendered 56  goals (24th best in NHL), and have scored 43 goals (25th in NHL).

Coyotes Notables:

  • Radim Vrbata (3-2-5) and Max Domi (1-4-5) lead the team in home scoring this season.
  • ARI has recorded a point in 3 straight games (1-0-2).
  • ARI has scored a PPG in 3 of its last 4 games.
  • Radim Vrbata’s 4 1st period goals are the most by any ARI player in any period this season.
  • Ryan White’s 51 hits rank tied for 8th among NHL forwards.
  • The Coyotes are 4-0-1 when leading after 2 periods this season and 175-13-15 under head coach Dave Tippett.
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s 4:21 PP TOI/G ranks 2nd in the NHL.
  • Anthony DeAngelo is 1 of 3 rookie defensemen to score a PPG this season.
  • Tonight is the 2nd of 5 meetings with VAN this season. The Coyotes will host the Canucks on Jan. 26 and Apr. 6 and will travel to Vancouver on Jan. 4.
  • Tobias Rieder led all skaters with 2-2-4 in 4 games vs. VAN last season.
  • Louis Domingue recorded his 1st career NHL point (assist) at VAN, Jan. 4.
  • Radim Vrbata registered 44-46-90 in 142 games over the last 2 seasons with VAN.
  • Shane Doan tied Thomas Steen for 1st place on the franchise’s all-time assists mark at VAN, Nov. 17. The Captain also needs just 3 goals to reach the 400 goal plateau. He would become the 8th active player in the League to reach 400 goals and the 93rd player in NHL history to score 400 goals.
  • The Coyotes are in the midst of playing 8 consecutive games vs. Pacific Division teams, which is the longest stretch of games against divisional teams since Mar. 20- Apr. 6, 2008 (8 games). Last season the Coyotes went 16-10-3 against the Pacific Division and are 2-1-2 in 2016-17.
  • Anthony DeAngelo became the 10th player in Coyotes history to score a goal in his 1st NHL game with a 2nd period goal at COL, Nov. 8. DeAngelo has recorded a point in 4 of his 6 games (2-2-4) and ranks 2nd among rookie defensemen with a 2:55 PP TOI/G.


  • Daniel Sedin (1-1-2) and Alex Edler (0-2-2) lead all skaters in scoring in the season series to date.
  • Brendan Gaunce scored his first NHL goal in his second career NHL game on Oct. 30/15 versus Arizona.
  • In 10 games played versus Arizona, Ryan Miller has posted a record of 9-1-0 along with a 1.58 GAA and .948 save percentage.
  • In 4 games played versus Arizona, Jacob Markstrom has posted a record of 3-1-0 along with a 1.97 GAA
  • Luca Sbisa’s first goal occurred on Dec. 28/10 at Arizona; his latest goal occurred on Mar. 9/16 versus the Coyotes.
  • Henrik Sedin has 48 points (11-37-48) in 60 career games versus Arizona.
  • Daniel Sedin has 47 points (14-33-47) in 60 career games versus the Coyotes.
  • Loui Eriksson has 35 points (16-19-35) in 46 career games versus Arizona.

Pregame Stats

Regular Season Game 20, Road Game 9

Van: 7-10-2 (Road: 1-6-1)
Ari: 6-9-2 (Home: 4-3-0)

Team    SF    SA     PP        PK     PIM    HITS   GF   GA
Van         558   542   7-57      9-54      222       372      40     60
Ari          480   578   7-51      12-51     159       436      43     56

Team        CF               CA           SCF          SCA       CF60%   CA60%   CF%
Van      1040(822)    985(789)  408(304)   422(342)   54.29        52.11       51.03         Ari         901(711)     1087(881)  323(251)     447(356)  52.79        63.43      44.70

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

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