Game Day Preview: Vancouver Goes For 4th Road Win Of Season Against New Jersey

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 8: Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save against Kyle Palmieri #21 of the New Jersey Devils during overtime at the Prudential Center on November 8, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Canucks 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ – NOVEMBER 8: Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save against Kyle Palmieri #21 of the New Jersey Devils during overtime at the Prudential Center on November 8, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Canucks 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)



andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

Dec 6, 2016

Game Time: 4:00 PM PST
Location: Prudential Center
TV: Sportsnet Pacifc
Radio: TSN 1040

Vancouver (11-12-2=24 pts) play the first game of a 5 game road trip tonight at Prudential Center against Eastern conference rivals, New Jersey Devils (11-7-6=28 pts).

Vancouver will be going for their 4th road win of the season, and at the same time try to give the Devils their first regulation loss at home.

New Jersey is still undefeated in regulation through nine home games (7-0-2), which ties a franchise record dating back to 1987-88 when the Devils began their season 8-0-1.

Tonight’s meeting is the first of two games between the Devils and Canucks in 2016-17. The clubs will meet for their season-series finale on Jan. 15 at Rogers Arena.

Canucks in their last 6 road games:

  • 3-3-0=6 pts
  • 15 GF; 15 GA; 187 Shots For; 184 Shots Against
  • PP: 2 for 14; PK: 1 for 18; FOW%: 53.4

After tonight, Canucks play: Tampa Bay, Dec 8; Florida, Dec 10; Washington, Dec 11; and, Carolina, Dec 13; before returning to Vancouver for 6 of the 8 remaining games in December, at Rogers Arena.

In the Canucks last game, Vancouver edged the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec 3, for a 3-2 SO victory, with Bo Horvat and Ryan Miller the heroes in the shoot out: Horvat with the winning goal and Miller the key saves.

  • Daniel Sedin scored his 7th goal of the season in the first period to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead
  • Sven Baertschi with his 3rd goal in his last 4 games, and 4th of the season, made it 2-0 in the second period.
  • Henrik Sedin picked up his 10th assist
  • Alex Burrows and Luca Sbisa, their 6th assists; and Nikita Tryamkin, his first helper of the season.
  • Ryan Miller stopped 38 of 40 shots, and was named first star of the game.

Canucks In Brief:

Canucks, continue to be in 6th place in the Pacific division; 4 points in front of Arizona; 5 points behind 3rd place Anaheim.

Record By Five Game Segment

GAME SEGMENT                        1-5       6-10     11-15     16-20   21-25
W-L-OTL                                      4-0-1     0-5-0     1-4-0      3-1-1      3-2-0
GOALS FOR/GAME                     2.6        0.8         2.2          3.4          2.2
GOALS AGAINST/GAME           2.0        3.4         3.4          3.6          2.6
PP%                                                 13.0       0.0         7.7         23.1        23.1
PK%                                                86.7       77.8      95.0        75.0        91.7

Vancouver’s goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom are 24th in the NHL, with a 2.90 GAA and a .901 SV%:

  • Jacob Markstrom is 6-3-2, with a 2.73 GAA (23rd), and a .902 Sv% (t-30th)*  * At least 12 GP
  • Ryan Miller is 5-9-0, with a 2.73 GAA (22nd), and a .911 Sv% (20th)*

Leading scorers:

  • Bo Horvat (8-8=16 pts)
  • Henrik Sedin (6-10=16 pts)
  • Daniel Sedin (7-8=15 pts)
  • Brandon Sutter (6-7=13 pts)
  • Loui Eriksson (6-5=11 pts)
  • Sven Baertschi (4-7=11 pts)
  • Alex Burrows (4-6=10 pts)

Scratches: #55-Alex Biega; #62-LaBate

Canucks injured:

  • Anton Rodin; 24 games missed
  • Chris Tanev; 14 games
  • Jannik Hansen; 12 games
  • Derek Dorsett; 6 games
  • Alex Edler; 2 games

Total Man Games Lost: 100

Points streaks:

  • HENRIK SEDIN (1-3=4 pts / 3 Games)

Vancouver special teams are:

  • 10 for 72: 13.9 percent on the power play overall (26th in the NHL), with 94 shots for, 21 shots against, 1 shorthanded goal against
  • 10 for 68: 85.3 percent on the penalty kill overall (t-7th best in NHL), with 75 shots against, 17 shots for, 2 shorthanded goals for

Canucks have allowed 74 goals against (t-23rd in NHL), and have scored 55 goals (t-27th in NHL).

Canucks Notables: 

  • Bo Horvat had a personal best 24 faceoff wins against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec 3
  • Nikita Tryamkin ranks t-15th (min 14 GP) in the NHL in hits per game (3.1).
  • Troy Stecher:
    • ranks 4th in rookie TOI/game with 21:03
    • ranks 3rd among all defensemen in Shots/60 (All Situations) at 8.55
    • ranks 6th among all defensemen in Shots/60 (5-on-5) at 6.86
    • ranks 160th overall in Shots/60 (5-on-5) at 6.86
    • ranks 81st overall in Shots/60 (All Situations) at 8.55
    • ranks t-1st among rookie defensemen, t-2nd among all rookies, in Shots/G average at 3.0; tied for 30th overall in NHL
  • Brandon Sutter is 22nd in the NHL with 225 faceoff wins; Bo Horvat is 20th with 227 faceoff wins.
  • Michael Chaput leads the team with a 52.8 faceoff win percentage (min. 50 faceoffs).
  • The Canucks penalty kill ranks t-7th at 85.3%. The Canucks have killed off 13 of 14 opposing power plays over the past 6 games, 92.8 percent (6th in NHL)
  • The Canucks rank t-10th with 791 total faceoff wins and rank t-7th with 647 even-strength faceoff wins.
  • Vancouver ranks t-8th in faceoff win percentage at 51.0%; in 2015.16, the Canucks’ 45.4% faceoff win percentage ranked 30th.
  • The Canucks are t-13th for the fewest shots allowed per game at 29.9.

Devils In Brief:

New Jersey have 28 points and are in 6th place in the Metropolitan division, 4 points behind 3rd place Columbus; 5 points ahead Carolina.

In their last game, the Devils scored four unanswered goals to defeat Nashville, 5-4, in overtime and finish their four-game road-trip 1-1-2. They scored three unanswered goals in the third period to erase a three-goal deficit and tie the game at 4-4 before winning in OT.

Michael Cammalleri had two goals, including the overtime winner; Adam Henrique, Taylor Hall and  Andy Greene also scored for New Jersey.

Keith Kinkaid made 38 saves on 42 shots for the Devils.

New Jersey was 1-3 (33.3%) on the PP and is 4-16 (25.0%) over the past five games.

The Devils were 2-2 on the PK and have not allowed a power play goal in five straight games (19-19).

Devils have the 19th best goaltending in the NHL, with Cory Schneider, and Keith Kinkaid, with a 2.64 GAA, and .915 SV%.

Schneider is 8-6-4, with a 2.63 GAA, and a .912 SV%. Kinkaid is 0-3-1, with a 2.59 GAA, and a .928 SV%.

New Jersey leading scorers:

  • Travis Zajac (8-12=20 pts)
  • Michael Cammalleri (9-8=17 pts)
  • Taylor Hall (6-9=15 pts)
  • Damon Severson (3-11=14 pts)

Devils injured: 

  • Beau Bennet, 3 games missed
  • Pavel Zacha, day-to-day

Total Man Games Lost: 50

Points streaks: 

  • TRAVIS ZAJAC (3-2-5 / 2 Games)
  • MICHAEL CAMMALLERI (2-1-3 / 2 Games)

New Jersey special teams are:

  • 12 for 78: 15.4 percent on the power play overall (20th in the NHL)
  • 11 for 76: 85.5 percent on the penalty kill overall (5th in the NHL)

Devils have surrendered 65 goals (t-12th in NHL), and have scored 61 goals (t-19th in NHL).

Devils Notables:

  • New Jersey is the only team in the NHL to not have a regulation loss at home in 2016-17. They have out-scored their opponents 30-22 on home ice.
  • New Jersey is 2-3-0 vs. the Pacific Division and is 5-4-2 against Western Conference opponents in 2016-17.
  • The Devils were 2-0-0 vs. Vancouver in 2015-16.  Kyle Palmieri (OT) and Adam Henrique scored the game-winners for the Devils.
  • New Jersey is 2-0-1 at Prudential Center and is 3-1-2 vs. the Canucks overall since the 2013-14 season.
  • Michael Cammalleri has seven points (4g-3a) in his last three contests vs. Vancouver.
  • Keith Kinkaid and Cory Schneider are a combined 3-1-2 all-time vs. Vancouver.
  • Damon Severson leads defensemen and is fourth on the Devils in scoring with 3g-11a-14pts through 24 games in 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. He is ranked 16th (tie, 4 others) among defensemen in the NHL in points.
  • New Jersey’s defensemen have provided eight of the team’s last 32 goals over the last 11 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 14 of New Jersey’s 61 regulation/OT goals (22.9%) through 24 games this season. In 2015-16, the Devils’ defense provided 20 of the team’s 182 goals last season (10.9%).


  • The Canucks are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs the Devils, dating back to the 2008.09 season.
  • Henrik Sedin leads the Canucks with 15 points (3-12-15) in 17 career games against New Jersey.
  • Loui Eriksson ranks second on the team with 13 career points (7-6-13) in 16 games versus the Devils.
  • Sven Baertschi (1-1-2), Alex Edler (1-1-2) and Bo Horvat (0-2-2) shared the Canucks lead in scoring during the 2015.16 season series against New Jersey.
  • Prior to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, held at the Prudential Center, the Vancouver Canucks acquired the 9th overall selection from New
    Jersey in exchange for Cory Schneider. With that pick, Vancouver selected centreman Bo Horvat.
  • Both Ryan Miller (Nov. 19/02 at NJ) and Jacob Markstrom (Jan. 23/11 at NJ) made their NHL debuts against the New Jersey Devils.

Pregame Stats

Regular Season Game 26, Road Game 12

Van: 11-12-2 (Road: 3-7-1)
NJ: 11-7-6 (Home: 7-0-2)




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




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