Game Day Preview: Vancouver Looks To Finish Road Trip With Win Against Colorado

VANCOUVER, BC – MARCH 16: Tyson Barrie #4 and Andrew Bodnarchuk #41 of the Colorado Avalanche check Bo Horvat #53 of the Vancouver Canucks in front of Semyon Varlamov #1 of the Avalanche during their NHL game at Rogers Arena March 16, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Colorado won 3-1. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)


andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

November 26, 2016

Game Time: 7:00 PM PST
Location: Pepsi Center
TV: Sportsnet, CBC
Radio: TSN 1040

Vancouver (8-11-2=18 pts) play the final game of a three game road trip tonight at the Pepsi Center against Western conference rivals, Colorado Avalanche (9-10-0=18 pts).

The Canucks conclude their sixth of 16 back-to-back series with tonight’s visit to Colorado. They are 3-7-1 in back-to-backs thus far this season:

  • First Game: 1-4-1, with 8-GF, 16-GA; shutout twice
  • Second Game: 2-3-0, with 13-GF, 16-GA; shutout once

In the their last game, the Canucks lost a squeaker 2-1, against the Dallas Stars last night, who came back with two goals from a 1-0 deficit, in the middle period, and held on for their one goal victory, denying the Canucks a third road win of the season, and second of the road trip.

Vancouver has lost 10 consecutive games when scoring two or less goals in a game, after winning three straight at the beginning of the season.

Jayson Megna got his first goal as a Vancouver Canuck and Bo Horvat, received an assist to keep his points streak going, now at three games (2-3=5 pts).

Loui Eriksson and Alex Burrows had their points streaks come to an end.

Canucks starting goalie Ryan Miller, stopped 26 of 28 shots in the game.

Miller, is 3-8-0 with a 2.67 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

Vancouver is now 2-7-1 on the road.

The Canucks today sent defenseman Alex Biega to the Utica Comets on a conditioning assignment. No indication on expected date of return.

Canucks In Brief:

Canucks, are in 6th place in the Pacific division with 18 points; 5 points behind 3rd place Los Angeles; 3 points behind Calgary and 4 points ahead of Arizona.

Vancouver is two points from 30th place in the NHL.

Vancouver’s goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom are 23rd in the NHL, with a 2.95 GAA and a .896 SV%:

  • Jacob Markstrom is 21st in the NHL with a 2.82 GAA; Ryan Miller is 19th with a 2.67 GAA (min. 8 games played)
  • Jacob Markstrom is t-24th in the NHL with a .897 save percentage; Ryan Miller is 19th with a .910 save percentage (min. 8 games played)
  • Markstrom is 5-3-2, while Miller is 3-8-0, on the season.

Leading scorers:  Bo Horvat (7-7=14 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: #63-Philip Larsen; #65-Alex Grenier

Canucks injured:  #8-Tanev; #15-Dorsett; #17-Anton Rodin; #36-Jannik Hansen; #47-Sven Baertschi

Total Man Games Lost: 84

Points streaks: Bo Horvat (2-3=5 pts / 3 Games)

Vancouver special teams are:

  • 7 for 61: 11.5 percent on the power play overall (28th in the NHL), with 77 shots for, 17 shots against, 1 shorthanded goal against
  • 9 for 57: 84.2 percent on the penalty kill overall (10th best in NHL), with 58 shots against, 16 shots for, 2 shorthanded goals for

Canucks have allowed 63 goals against (25th in NHL), and have scored 45 goals (27th in NHL).

Canucks Notables:

  • Alex Edler ranks t-9th in the NHL in blocked shots with 47.
  • Michael Chaput ranks 3rd in NHL in FOW% at 60.8 (min 9 GP, 79 faceoffs)
  • Chaput also ranks 6th in NHL in even strength FOW% at 63.5 (min 9 GP, 79 faceoffs)
  • Brandon Sutter is t-18th in the NHL with 199 faceoff wins; Bo Horvat is 26th with 178 faceoff wins.
  • Edler leads the team and ranks 13th in the NHL with 24:40 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.
  • Troy Stecher ranks 4th in rookie TOI/game with 20:43
  • Stecher also ranks 4th in rookie even strength TOI/game with 18:06; and ranks 12th among rookie defensemen in TOI with 248:38, and 4th in power play TOI, with 30:55
  • With a point on Nov. 25 at Dallas, Bo Horvat currently leads the team in goals (7) and in points (14). Through the first 21 games of 2015.16, Horvat had six points (2-6=8 pts).
    • He has registered 45 points in 64 games during the calendar year.
  • Bo Horvat ranks t-9th (min 21 GP) in the NHL in shooting percentage (21.9%).
  • Nikita Tryamkin ranks 10th in the NHL in hits per game (3.6); and has the 2nd most hits on the Canucks (40 in 11 GP)
  • The Canucks rank 6th with 678 total faceoff wins and rank 4th with 555 even-strength faceoff wins.
  • Vancouver in faceoffs by zone are:
    • t-5th in OZ FOW%: 53.9
    • 9th in DZ FOW%: 51.0
    • 15th in NZ FOW%: 49.6
  • Canucks in faceoffs (ahead, behind and close) are:
    • 5th in FOW when ahead; 27th in FOW when behind; 4th in FOW when close
  • Vancouver ranks 6th in faceoff win percentage at 51.6%; in 2015.16, the Canucks’ 45.4% faceoff win percentage ranked 30th.
  • The Canucks are 10th in NHL with fewest shots allowed per game at 28.9.
  • After 21 games this season, Vancouver has been held to two goals or fewer in 13 of 21 games: Canucks are 3-10-0 in those games, including 10 consecutive losses.
  • Canucks have given up the first goal of the game in 16 of 21 games this season:
    • Canucks are:
      • 2-2-1, scoring first goal
        • 1-0-1 at home
        • 1-2-0 on road
      • 6-9-1, when giving up first goal
        • 5-4-0, at home
        • 1-5-1, on road
  • Of the Canucks wins:
    • 3 wins are in regulation:
      • one at home; two on road
    • 4 wins in overtime
      • all four at home
    • 1 win by shooout
      • at home
    Score 4+ Goals: 4-0-0
    Score 3 Goals or Less: 4-11-2
    Allow 4+ Goals: 1-5-2
    Allow 3 Goals or Less: 7-6-0
    On 0 Days Rest: 2-3-0
    On 1 Day Rest: 3-6-2
    On 2 Days Rest: 1-1-0
    On 3+ Days Rest: 1-1-0
    Score a PPG: 3-1-2
    Give up a PPG: 3-4-1
    25+ Shots on Goal: 6-9-2
    Less than 25 shots: 2-2-0
  • In 2015.16, the Canucks played in 13 back-to-back series posting a record of 10-12-4 including a record of 4-7-2 in the first game and 6-5-2 in the second game.

 Avalanche In Brief:

Avalanche have 18 points and are in 7th place in the Central division, 6 points behind 3rd place Minnesota, with a game in hand.

Colorado in their last game, Nathan MacKinnon, Rene Bourque and Mikko Rantanen each recorded two points, in a 6-3 loss at Pepsi Center, to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

The Oilers scored four unanswered in the third period to quickly erase a one-goal deficit, enroute to their road win.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 35 of 40 shots in the loss.

Avalanche have the 22nd best goaltending in the NHL, with Semyon Varlamov, and Calvin Pickard with a 2.89 GAA, and .908 SV%.

Varlamov is 5-9-0, with a 3.08 GAA, and a .904 SV%. Pickard is 4-1-0, with a 2.07 GAA, and a .931 SV%.

Avalanche leading scorers: Nathan MacKinnon (5-10=15 pts); Matt Duchene (7-5=12 pts); Erik Johnson (1-9=10 pts); Tyson Barrie (2-7=9 pts)

Colorado injured: Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), Semyon Varlamov (upper body)

Points streaks: Mikko Rantanen (1-4-5 / 3 Games); Tyson Barrie (1-2-3 / 3         Games); Nathan MacKinnon (3-4-7 / 4 Games); Fedor Tyutin (0-2-2 / 2 Games)

Avalanche special teams are:

  • 10 for 60: 16.7 percent on the power play overall (18th in the NHL)
  • 17 for 78: 78.2 percent on the penalty kill overall (25th in the NHL)

Colorado have surrendered 55 goals (19th best in NHL), and have scored 42 goals (29th in NHL).

Avalanche Notables:

  • Colorado is 4-1-0 on Saturdays this season.
  • Nathan MacKinnon has a four-game point streak (3g/4a), longest by an Avalanche player this season. He leads the club in points (15), assists (10) and shots (67).
  • The Avs are 3-0-0 in overtime this season.
  • Colorado is 7-2-0 in one-goal games.
  •  Colorado ranks fifth in the NHL in faceoff percentage (51.8%). The Avs have won 55.9% of their draws in the offensive zone, tops in the League.
  • Rene Bourque is coming off his second multi-goal game of the season on Wednesday, and is now tied with Matt Duchene for the team goal-scoring lead with seven. Bourque’s seven goals are already his most since 2013-14 (nine with Montreal).
  • Mikko Rantanen has a current three-game assist/point streak (1g/4a), longest of his NHL career.
  • Matt Duchene scored his fifth career overtime goal in Monday’s win over the Blue Jackets. It was his third game-winning tally of the season, tops on the club and tied for third in the NHL.
  • Tonight is the first of three meetings between the Avalanche and Canucks this season. The Avs will host the Canucks twice while making just one trip up to Vancouver.
  • The Canucks won two of the three matchups last season, including the lone meeting here at Pepsi Center.
  • Colorado/Quebec’s 72 all-time wins against Vancouver are its second-most versus any opponent (74 vs. Edmonton).
  • The Avalanche’s 56 victories against the Canucks since moving to Denver are also their second-most against an opponent (62 vs. Edmonton)
  • Jarome Iginla has 83 points (32g/51a) in 97 career games against the Canucks, the most points and goals of any active player against


  • Four current players on the Canucks roster made their NHL debut at the Pepsi Center:
    • Alex Edler made his NHL debut on Nov. 4/06
    • Loui Eriksson made his NHL debut (and scored his first NHL goal) on Oct. 4/06
    • Bo Horvat made his NHL debut on Nov. 4/14
    • Chris Tanev made his NHL debut on on Jan. 18/11
  • Nikita Tryamkin is the latest player to make his NHL debut versus the Avalanche (Mar. 16/16); also recorded his first career NHL point in that game
  • Sven Baertschi’s first career NHL point came on Feb. 28/13 at Colorado; Derek Dorsett’s first career NHL point also came against the Avalanche on Oct. 30/08
  • Erik Gudbranson’s latest goal came on Mar. 3/16 at Colorado
  • Daniel Sedin has 64 points (29-35-64) in 75 career games versus the Avalanche
  • Henrik Sedin has 69 points (22-47-69) in 81 career games versus Colorado; his lone career hat trick occurred on Nov. 14/09 at the
    Pepsi Center
  • Jacob Markstrom has a record of 1-1-0 along with a .930 save percentage and 2.00 GAA in 2 career starts versus Colorado

Pregame Stats

Regular Season Game 22, Road Game 11

Van: 8-11-2 (Road: 2-7-1)
Col: 9-10-0 (Home: 4-5-0)

Team    SF    SA     PP        PK     PIM    HITS   GF   GA
Van         616   606   7-61      9-57      228        413      45     63
Col          553   598  10-60   17-78      222       430      42     55

Team        CF               CA           SCF          SCA       CF60%   CA60%   CF%
Van      1155(920)   1106(900)  450(341)   459(374)    53.77        53.27       50.23         Col       1003(769)   1077(813)  382(288)  382(282)    53.04       56.08      48.61

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


#30Ryan Miller


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