Game Day Preview: Canucks Go For Two In A Row On Road Trip Against Dallas

Antti Niemi #31 of the Dallas Stars makes a save in front of Alex Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks in the second period at American Airlines Center on October 29, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Oct. 28, 2015 - Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)
Antti Niemi #31 of the Dallas Stars makes a save in front of Alex Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks in the second period at American Airlines Center on October 29, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)


andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 25, 2016

Game Time: 5:30 PM PST
Location: American Airlines Center
TV: Sportsnet Pacific
Radio: TSN 1040

Vancouver (8-10-2=18 pts) play the second game of a three game road trip tonight at American Airlines Center against Western conference rivals, Dallas Stars (8-8-5=21 pts).

In the their last game, Sven Baertschi (1-2=3 pts) and Bo Horvat (1-2=3 pts), led the Canucks offensively with three points apiece, including a goal each; Alex Burrows with a goal and an assist, and Loui Eriksson, with his 4th goal of the season, also contributed to Vancouver getting their second road win of the season.

  • Luca Sbisa and Markus Granlund chipped in with an assist each.
  • Daniel Sedin’s 8 game point streak came to an end.

Canucks starting goalie Ryan Miller, stopped 35 of 36 shots in the game. Miller, is 3-7-0 with a 2.73 GAA and a .908 save percentage.

Canucks In Brief:

Canucks, are in 6th place in the Pacific division with 18 points; 5 points behind San Jose and Los Angeles, who occupy 2nd and 3rd place; a point behind Calgary and 4 points ahead of Arizona.

The Canucks in their last 8 games are:

  • 4-3-0-1=9 pts / 16 pts (Nov 6-25/16)
    • Home: 2-1-0-1
    • Road: 2-2-0-0
  • 25 goals scored (t-10th in NHL)
  • 28 goals against (28th in NHL)
  • power play, 4 for 20: 20.0 percent (t-10th in NHL)
  • penalty kill, 4 for 23: 82.6 percent (15th in NHL)
  • faceoff win percentage, 55.5 percent (1st in NHL)

Vancouver is now 2-6-1 on the road.

Vancouver’s goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom are 25th in the NHL, with a 3.00 GAA and a .894 SV%:

  • Jacob Markstrom is 26th in the NHL with a 2.82 GAA; Ryan Miller is 24th with a 2.73 GAA (min. 8 games played)
  • Jacob Markstrom is 34th in the NHL with a .897 save percentage; Ryan Miller is 24th with a .908 save percentage (min. 8 games played)
  • Markstrom is 5-3-2, while Miller is 3-7-0, on the season.

Leading scorers:  Bo Horvat (7-6=13 pts), Daniel Sedin (6-7=13 pts), Henrik Sedin (5-7=12 pts), Brandon Sutter (5-6=11 pts), Sven Baertschi (2-7=9 pts), Markus Granlund (5-3=7 pts), Loui Eriksson (4-4=8 pts), Alex Burrows (3-4=57pts), Jannik Hansen (2-4=6 pts), Ben Hutton (2-2=4 pts), Derek Dorsett (1-3=4 pts), Philip Larsen (0-4=4 pts), Luca Sbisa (0-4=4 pts)

Scratches: #55-Alex Biega, #62-Joseph Labate;#63-Philip Larsen; #65-Alex Grenier

Canucks injured:  #8-Tanev; #15-Dorsett; #17-Anton Rodin; #36-Jannik Hansen;

Points streaks: Bo Horvat (2-2=4 pts / 2 Games); Sven Baertschi (1-3=4 pts / 2 Games); Alex Burrows (1-2=3 pts / 2 Games); Loui Eriksson (2-0=2 pts / 2 Games)

Vancouver special teams are:

  • 7 for 59: 11.9 percent on the power play overall (28th in the NHL), with 75 shots for, 17 shots against, 1 shorthanded goal against
  • 9 for 56: 83.9 percent on the penalty kill overall (t-10th best in NHL), with 57 shots against, 15 shots for, 2 shorthanded goals for

Canucks have allowed 61 goals against (25th in NHL), and have scored 44 goals (t-25th in NHL).

Canucks Notables:

  • Alex Edler ranks t-7th in the NHL in blocked shots with 46.
  • Michael Chaput ranks 2nd in NHL in FOW% at 63.5 (min 8GP, 63 faceoffs)
  • Chaput also ranks 4th in NHL in even strength FOW% at 63.5 (min 8GP, 63 faceoffs)
  • Edler leads the team and ranks t-12th in the NHL with 24:38 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 10th in the NHL in hits per game (3.6).
  • Troy Stecher ranks 4th in rookie TOI/game with 20:34
  • Brandon Sutter is 17th in the NHL with 196 faceoff wins; Bo Horvat is t-28th with 165 faceoff wins.
  • Daniel Sedin had an 8-game point streak (Nov. 5-19: 4-5-9); it 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.
  • With three points on Nov. 23 at ARI, Bo Horvat currently leads the team in goals (7) and shares the lead in points (13). Through the first 20 games of 2015.16, Horvat had six points (2-4-6). He has registered 43 points in 64 games during the calendar year.
  • Bo Horvat ranks t-7th (min 20 GP) in the NHL in shooting percentage (22.6%).
  • The Canucks rank 6th with 646 total faceoff wins and rank 3rd with 527 even-strength faceoff wins.
  • Vancouver ranks 7th in faceoff win percentage at 51.7%; in 2015.16, the Canucks’ 45.4% faceoff win percentage ranked 30th.
  • The Canucks are 9th for the fewest shots allowed per game at 28.9.

Stars In Brief:

Stars have 21 points and are in t-4th place with Nashville, in the Central division, 1 point behind Minnesota.

Dallas in their last game, lost 5-2 to the Nashville Predators in Nashville. Patrick Sharp and Brett Ritchie scored goals, and Kari Lehtonen stopped 16 of 20 shots for the Stars, who fell to 8-8-5 on the season. Dallas outshot Nashville 35-21 in the game.

Dallas has the 30th best goaltending in the NHL, with Kari Lehtonen, and Antti Niemi with a 3.35 GAA, and .890 SV%.

Lehtonen is 4-6-3, with a 3.84 GAA, and a .884 SV%. Niemi is 4-2-2, with a 3.17 GAA, and a .903 SV%.

Dallas leading scorers: Tyler Seguin (7-15=22 pts); Patrick Eaves (9-7=16 pts); Jamie Benn (6-10=16 pts); Antoine Roussel (4-9=13 pts); John Klingberg (2-8=10 pts)

Stars injured: Ales Hemsky, Juri Hudler, Mattias Janmark, Johnny Oduya

Points streaks: Brett Ritchie (2-0-2 / 2 Games); Jamie Oleksiak (1-1-2 / 2 Games); Radek Faksa (0-2-2 / 2 Games)

Dallas special teams are:

  • 15 for 82: 18.3 percent on the power play overall (14th in the NHL)
  • 16 for 73: 78.1 percent on the penalty kill overall (27th in the NHL)

Stars have surrendered 71 goals (30th best in NHL), and have scored 55 goals (t-11th in NHL).

Stars Notables:

  • Stars captain Jamie Benn scored the overtime game-winner (1-0=1) against Minnesota on Monday night and now has goals in two of
    his last three games (2-0=2).
  • The goal marked Benn’s second game-winning goal of the season, which is tied for 15th in the NHL and first on the Stars.
  • The captain also shares ninth in the League and second on the team with four power play markers this season.
  • Benn comes into Friday’s tilt with seven points (4-3=7) over his last eight games, including two multi-point outings
  • Forward Patrick Eaves was held scoreless on Wednesday at Nashville, snapping his six-game point streak.
  • Eaves’ six-game streak matched a career-long for the forward, as he also recorded points in six consecutive games during his rookie campaign in 2005-06 from April 3 – 13 while with Ottawa.
  • Eaves’ comes into Friday’s tilt having posted seven goals and 11 points (7-4=11) in his last 10 games, including three multi-point outings.
  • Forward Radek Faksa notched an assist (0-1=1) on Wednesday night at Nashville for his sixth assist of the season.
  • With the assist, Faksa now has points in back-to-back games (0-2=2) for the first time the season. This marks the third time in his career he’s recorded points in consecutive games, and the first since April 3 – 7, 2016 (1-2=3).
  • Faksa also shares 20th in the NHL and ranks second on Dallas with 16 takeaways this season.
  • Stars forward Brett Ritchie scored a goal (1-0=1) against the Predators on Wednesday night.
  • Ritchie has now scored goals in back-to-back games (2-0=2) and has goals in three of his last four games (3-0=3).
  • This marks the first time the forward has registered goals in consecutive games since doing so during the 2015-16 season in his first two career NHL games (2-1=3) from Dec. 31 – Jan. 3.
  • The Orangeville, Ont. native shares third on the Stars with six goals this season and has recorded seven points (6-1=7) this season, all of which have come against Central Division teams.
  • Ritchie posted one hit in Wednesday’s contest and now ranks second on Dallas with 37 hits this season.
  • Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak posted an assist (0-1=1) Wednesday night against the Predators, and now has points in back-to-back games (1-1=2).
  • Forward Patrick Sharp scored a shorthanded goal (1-0=1) at Nashville on Wednesday, marking his first goal of the season. Sharp now has two points (1-1=2) in seven games this season.
  • Forward Lauri Korpikoski notched an assist (0-1=1) against the Predators on Wednesday night and now shares sixth on the team with eight points (4-4=8) this season.


  • Troy Stecher notched his first NHL goal in the Canucks’ last meeting with Dallas on Nov. 13 in Vancouver.
  • 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 alltime in shorthanded goals with 7 and t-8th all-time in game-winning goals with 20.
  • Loui Eriksson has played in 7 games versus the Stars in his career notching 5 goals in these contests.
  • Henrik Sedin has 48 career points (11-37-48) in 55 games to lead all skaters in career scoring versus the Stars.
  • Daniel Sedin has 40 career points (15-25-40) in 51 games versus Dallas.
  • 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 209 assists in his career, good for 5th all-time amongst
    Canucks defencemen.
  • 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.
  • 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 21, Road Game 10

Van: 8-10-2 (Road: 2-6-1)
Dal: 8-8-5 (Home: 5-3-2)

Team    SF    SA     PP        PK     PIM    HITS   GF   GA
Van         585   578   7-59      9-56      226       395      44     61
Dal          613   647  15-82     16-73     258       409      55     71

Team        CF               CA           SCF          SCA       CF60%   CA60%   CF%
Van      1086(860)   1054(852)  423(317)   445(362)   53.77        53.27       50.23         Dal       1194(898)    1279(965)   476(341)   487(354)  56.68        60.91      48.20

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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