Game Day Preview: Vancouver Battles Anaheim In Pacific Division Contest Tonight

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 18: Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks and Derek Dorsett #15 of the Vancouver Canucks spar during their NHL game at Rogers Arena February 18, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Anaheim won 5-2. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 18: Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks and Derek Dorsett #15 of the Vancouver Canucks spar during their NHL game at Rogers Arena February 18, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Anaheim won 5-2. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

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andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

Dec 1, 2016

Game Time: 7:00 PM PST
Location: Rogers Arena
TV: Sportsnet 360
Radio: TSN 1040

Vancouver (10-11-2=22 pts) play the second game of a three game homestand tonight at the Rogers Arena against Pacific division rivals, Anaheim Ducks (11-8-4=26 pts).

Vancouver comes into the game with a home record of 7-4-1, looking for their 8th home win of the season.

In their last 5 games, the Canucks are:

GP W L OT SOW SOL OTL PTS GF GA GF/G GAA
 5  3  1   1     1    0    1   7  15  13  3.00  2.60
  • 4 for 12: 33.3% on power play; 0 for 12: 100% on penalty kill; FOW%: 49.8

In their last 10 games:

GP W L OT SOW SOL OTL PTS GF GA GF/G GAA
 10  6  3   1     1    0    1   13  24  33  2.40  3.30
  • 6 for 26: 23.1% on power play; 4 for 28: 85.7% on penalty kill; FOW%: 53.1

Canucks, are in 6th place in the Pacific division; 4 points behind the 2nd and 3rd place Oilers and Ducks; and 3 points in front of Arizona.

In the their last game, eleven different Canucks figured in the scoring, four players with two point games, and Vancouver defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-4, for their 4th win in their last 6 games:

  • Brandon Sutter (1-1), Ben Hutton (1-1), Troy Stecher (0-2) and Henrik Sedin (0-2), had two points each, to lead the Canucks.
  • Loui Eriksson, with his 6th; Bo Horvat, with his 8th; and Sven Baertschi, with his 3rd of the season, all contributed goals in the Vancouver win, the 3rd time this season the Canucks have scored 5 goals in a winning effort.
  • Michael Chaput (2nd), Daniel Sedin (8th), Luca Sbisa (5th), and Alex Burrows (5th), all chipped in with an assist each, in the winning effort.
  • Bo Horvat extended his points streak to 5 games (3-4=7 pts).
  • Ryan Miller stopped 38 of 42 shots in the game.

The Canucks play the Ducks in their second of five meetings this season; the Ducks visit Rogers Arena again on Dec. 30 and Mar.28; while the Canucks visit the Honda Center on Mar. 5.

Vancouver last played Anaheim on October 23:

  • Nick Ritchie and Corey Perry each scored in the third period to help the Anaheim Ducks defeat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 in the Duck’s home opener.
  • It was the first loss in regulation for the Canucks (4-1-1).
  • Bo Horvat tied the game at 1-1 with a shorthanded goal at 19:27 of the first.
  • Henrik Sedin tied the game at 2-2 when he scored at 4:19 in the third period, his second goal in as many nights.
  • Ryan Miller stopped 33 of 37 shots.

Canucks In Brief:

Vancouver’s goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom are 25th in the NHL, with a 2.95 GAA and a .899 SV%:

  • Jacob Markstrom is 6-3-2, with a 2.73 GAA (22nd), and a .902 Sv% (t-29th)* * At least 12 GP
  • Ryan Miller is 4-8-0, with a 2.78 GAA (23rd), and a .909 Sv% (23rd)*

Leading scorers:

  • Bo Horvat (8-7=15 pts)
  • Daniel Sedin (6-8=14 pts)
  • Henrik Sedin (5-9=14 pts)
  • Brandon Sutter (6-7=13 pts)
  • Loui Eriksson (6-4=10 pts)
  • Sven Baertschi (3-7=10 pts)

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

Canucks injured:

  • Anton Rodin; 23 games
  • Chris Tanev; 13 games
  • Jannik Hansen; 11 games
  • Derek Dorsett; 5 games
  • Alex Edler; 1 game

Total Man Games Lost: 95

Points streaks:

  • Bo Horvat (3-4=7 pts / 5 Games)
  • Ben Hutton (1-2=3 pts / 2 Games)
  • Loui Eriksson (2-0=2 pts / 2 Games)
  • Alex Burrows (1-1=2 pts / 2 Games)

Vancouver special teams are:

  • 10 for 67: 14.9 percent on the power play overall (23rd in the NHL), with 88 shots for, 20 shots against, 1 shorthanded goal against
  • 9 for 63: 85.7 percent on the penalty kill overall (5th best in NHL), with 68 shots against, 16 shots for, 2 shorthanded goals for

Canucks have allowed 69 goals against (t-24th in NHL), and have scored 52 goals (t-26th in NHL).

Canucks Notables:

  • Through 23 games, Bo Horvat now leads the team in goals (8) and points (16), and is on a five-game point streak: 3-4-7.
  • Through the first 23 games of 2015.16, Horvat had eight points (2-6-8). He has registered 46 points in 67 games during the calendar year.
  • Nikita Tryamkin ranks t-12th in the NHL in hits per game (3.5).
  • Troy Stecher ranks 4th in rookie TOI/game with 20:51.
  • Brandon Sutter is 18th in the NHL with 215 faceoff wins; Bo Horvat is t-26th with 196 faceoff wins.
  • After going goalless through his first 13 games, Loui Eriksson has 6 goals in the last 10 games.
  • Michael Chaput leads the team with a 54.5 faceoff win percentage (min. 50 faceoffs).
  • Among players aged 24 years or younger in the NHL, Chaput also ranks third in faceoff win percentage (min. 50 faceoffs).
  • The Canucks penalty kill ranks 5th at 85.7%. The Canucks have killed off 12 consecutive opposing power plays over the past 5 games.
  • The Canucks rank 6th with 732 total faceoff wins and rank 6th with 597 even-strength faceoff wins.
  • Vancouver ranks t-7th in faceoff win percentage at 51.3%; in 2015.16, the Canucks’ 45.4% faceoff win percentage ranked 30th.
  • The Canucks are 11th for the fewest shots allowed per game at 29.7.
  • The Canucks have tallied at least 1 power-play goal in 5 of the last 8 games. During this stretch, the Canucks power-play has gone 6/21 (28.6%).

Ducks In Brief:

Ducks have 26 points and are t-2nd place in the Pacific division, 1 point behind first place San Jose; 1 point ahead of Los Angeles.

Anaheim in their last game, Rickard Rakell scored his fifth goal in six games on a power play in the first period, and Cam Fowler scored his seventh goal in the second period for the Ducks (11-8-4), who defeated the Montreal Canadiens at home, 2-1.

  • Ducks have won consecutive games following a 3 game losing streak
  • John Gibson made 39 saves

Ducks have the 7th best goaltending in the NHL, with John Gibson, and Jonathan Bernier with a 2.33 GAA, and .919 SV%:

  • Gibson is 7-7-3, with a 2.52 GAA, and a .912 SV%.
  • Bernier is 4-1-1, with a 2.02 GAA, and a .933 SV%.

Anaheim leading scorers:

  • Corey Perry (4-14=18 pts)
  • Ryan Getzlaf (2-16=18 pts)
  • Ryan Kesler (8-10=18 pts)
  • Jakob Silfverberg (7-8=15 pts)

Ducks injured:

  • Nate Thompson  23 games
  • Simon Despres  22 games
  • Clayton Stoner  6 games
  • Joseph Cramarossa  5 games

Points streaks: 

  • Ryan Kesler (0-4-4 / 3 Games)
  • Rickard Rakell (2-0-2 / 2 Games)

Anaheim special teams are:

  • 17 for 76: 22.4 percent on the power play overall (6th in the NHL)
  • 14 for 81: 82.7 percent on the penalty kill overall (t-16th in the NHL)

Anaheim have surrendered 54 goals (t-7th best in NHL), and have scored 59 goals (t-15th in NHL).

Ducks Notables:

  • The Anaheim Ducks (11-8-4, 26 pts.) begin a three-game road trip in Western Canada tonight against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena (7 p.m. PT, KCOP/AM 830)
  • the Ducks, who finished the month of November with an 8-4-2
    record, open a December schedule that has the club away from Honda Center for 11 of 15 games…both the 15 overall games and 11 road contests are single-month season highs for Anaheim
  • the Ducks have won two straight games (2-0-0), earned points in five of
    their last seven games overall (9 pts., 4-2-1) and six of the last eight home games (11 pts., 5-2-1)
  • following tonight’s game, the road trip will continue in Edmonton on Saturday, Dec. 3 (7 p.m. PT) before wrapping up in Calgary on Sunday, Dec. 4 (6:30 p.m. PT)
  • upcoming milestones include:
    • Cam Fowler one PPG shy of tying Fredrik Olausson (22) for second on the franchise’s all-time PPG list for defensemen, one PPP from surpassing Olausson (88) for sole possession of third on the franchise’s all-time PPP list for defensemen, and one point from surpassing Chris Kunitz (192) for sole possession of 10th on the franchise’s all-time scoring list;
    • Sami Vatanen one point from surpassing Lubomir Visnovsky (108) for sole possession of seventh on the franchise’s all-time scoring list for defensemen and one assist from tying Visnovsky (79) and Ruslan Salei (79) for seventh on the franchise’s all-time assists list for defensemen.
  • The Ducks continue to lead the league with a 56.8 FOW% and 811 faceoff wins through 23 games
  • Andrew Cogliano is the NHL’s active leader in consecutive games played (727 games) and owns the sixth longest streak in NHL history

VS ANAHEIM NOTES:

  • Daniel Sedin leads the team in career points against Anaheim with 44 (17-27-44) in 61 GP.
  • Henrik Sedin has 43 points (8-35-43) in 62 career games versus the Ducks.
    Loui Eriksson has 34 points (16-18-34) in 46 career games versus Anaheim.
  • Luca Sbisa played five seasons in Anaheim, collecting 49 points (9-40-49) in 227 games played. He ranks 15th among defencemen for most games played in Ducks history and 18th among d-men in points.
  • Sven Baertschi’s last power-play goal occurred on Feb. 18/16 vs ANA.
  • Both Michael Chaput (Oct. 27/13) and Philip Larsen (Apr. 8/10) made his NHL debut in a game versus Anaheim.
  • Both Alex Edler (Nov. 30/06) and Bo Horvat (Nov. 20/14) notched their first career NHL goal in a game versus Anaheim.
  • Jacob Markstrom has a perfect 2-0-0 record in his career versus Anaheim posting a 1.32 GAA and .954 save percentage in these games.

Pregame Stats

Regular Season Game 24, Road Game 13

Records:
Ana: 11-8-4 (Road: 4-4-3)
Van: 10-11-2 (Home: 7-4-1)

Team    SF    SA     PP        PK     PIM    HITS   GF   GA
Ana         680  668   17-76     14-81   293       599      59      54
Van         682  683   10-67      9-63   250       428      52      69

Team        CF               CA           SCF          SCA       CF60%   CA60%   CF%
Ana       1253(922)   1255(963)  535(380)  520(371)      51.5           53.7        48.9
Van       1208(958)   1186(962)  494(375)   513(417)      53.4          53.6        49.9

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
#60Granlund-#45Chaput-#21Ericksson
#47Baertschi-#53Horvat-#14Burrows
#9Skille-#50Gaunce-#46Megna

#5Sbisa-#51Stecher
#27Hutton-#44Gudbranson
#88Tryamkin-#63Larsen

#30Miller
#25Markstrom

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