Canucks Game Day Preview: Vancouver Looks To Snap Losing Streak Against Carolina Tonight

RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 15: Victor Rask #49 of the Carolina Hurricanes and Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks meet for a faceoff during an NHL game at PNC Arena on January 15, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC – JANUARY 15: Victor Rask #49 of the Carolina Hurricanes and Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks meet for a faceoff during an NHL game at PNC Arena on January 15, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)


andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

December 13, 2016

Game Time: 4:00 PM PST
Location: PNC Arena
TV: Sportsnet Pacific
Radio: TSN 1040

Vancouver (12-15-2=26 pts) play the final game of a 5 game road trip tonight at PNC Arena against Eastern conference rivals, Carolina Hurricanes (11-11-6=28 pts).

Sven Baertschi Back In LineUp After One Game Sit

Sven Baertschi returns to the lineup and will slot onto the first power-play unit with the Sedin twins.

Miller Returns, Could Start Against Carolina, Demko Sent To Utica

The Canucks had Thatcher Demko practice this morning, but Ryan Miller practiced as well, and apparently looked comfortable and practiced without issue, resulting in Demko being sent back to the American Hockey League Utica Comets.

Gaunce Odd Man Out

With Baertschi returning to the lineup on the line with Horvat and Burrows, Brendan Gaunce will be a healthy scratch according to coach Willie Desjardins.

“Nothing against him, he’s doing what’s asked of him. Want a different look tonight on the fourth line.”

Vancouver Needs To Play Desperation Hockey, With Sense Of Urgency

Vancouver has lost two straight coming into Carolina, and are getting left behind in the Pacific division, and need desperately to snap their misfortune, and get back to winning, sooner than later.

But that will not be easy against Carolina tonight.

The Hurricanes while 3-5-2 in their last 10 games overall—and even though the Canucks have beaten Carolina 7 times in a row—the Hurricanes open a four-game home stand against Vancouver, bringing a 6 game home undefeated streak into tonight’s game (6-0-0).

Carolina will be more than ready at home, and with the NHL best power play. Vancouver will have to be ready to out match the Hurricanes 5-on-5, if they have any chance of winning the game on goals.

It will not be enough to out play or out effort Carolina: the Canucks need goals—shots in the net, behind the Carolina goaltender.

The Canucks are 3-4-0 in their last 7 road games; 6-6-1 in their last 13 games overall.

The Hurricanes and Canucks are playing their second and last of two meetings this season; their only meeting at PNC Arena. Carolina visited Vancouver on Oct 16 with Vancouver winning 4-3 in overtime.

After tonight, Canucks return to Vancouver to prepare for a four game homestand as they play: Tampa Bay, Dec 16; Columbus, Dec 18; Winnipeg, Dec 20; Winnipeg, Dec 22.

Vancouver is 1-3-0 on the road trip so far.

In the Canucks last game, the Canucks lost their 3rd of 4 on the road trip, and both of their back-to-back games on the weekend, with little or no intensity or passion, and if it wasn’t for Jacob Markstrom the score could have been a lot worse.

The Capitals had a 1-0 lead after the first; the second period was scoreless, and early in the final period, Washington went up by two goals at 2-0. The Canucks, even with five man advantages in the game, could not manage to score on Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, and lost 3-0.

Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 of 28 shots for Vancouver, who were outshot 29-20 in the game.

Canucks In Brief:

Canucks, continue to be in 6th place in the Pacific division; 3 points in front of Arizona; 8 points behind 3rd place Calgary.

Record By Five Game Segment:

Game Segment      1-5       6-10     11-15     16-20   21-25   26-30
W-L-T                        4-0-1     0-5-0     1-4-0      3-1-1      3-2-0     1-3-0
Goals For/GP             2.6        0.8         2.2          3.4          2.2        2.25
Goals Against/GP      2.0        3.4         3.4          3.6          2.6        2.75
PP%                             13.0       0.0         7.7         23.1        23.1        13.3
PK%                            86.7       77.8      95.0        75.0        91.7        81.8

Vancouver’s goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom are t-23rd in the NHL, with a 2.88 GAA and a .904 SV%:

  • Jacob Markstrom is 6-6-2, with a 2.71 GAA (20th), and a .905 Sv%       (t-25th)*  * At least 15 GP
  • Ryan Miller is 6-9-0, with a 2.63 GAA (19th), and a .916 Sv% (t-14th)*

Leading scorers:

  • Daniel Sedin (9-10=19 pts)
  • Henrik Sedin (7-11=18 pts)
  • Bo Horvat (8-8=16 pts)
  • Brandon Sutter (6-8=14 pts)
  • Loui Eriksson (6-5=11 pts)

Scratches: #50-Gaunce

Canucks injured:

  • Chris Tanev; 19 games missed
  • Derek Dorsett; 11 games missed
  • Alex Edler; 5 games missed
  • Philip Larsen; 3 games missed
  • Ryan Miller; 2 games missed

Total Man Games Lost: 127

Points streaks: none

Vancouver special teams are:

  • 12 for 87: 13.8 percent on the power play overall (t-26th in the NHL)
  • 12 for 79: 84.8 percent on the penalty kill overall (t-6th best in NHL)

Canucks have allowed 85 goals against (t-24th in NHL), and have scored 64 goals (27th in NHL).

Canucks Notables:

  • Jack Skille has 3 goals in the past 3 games. He last had 3 goals over 3 games from Dec. 19-21/15 as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.
  • Through 29 games, Bo Horvat currently ranks t-2nd on the team in goals (8) and third in points (16). He recently posted a five-game point streak (3-4-7) from Nov. 19-29. He has registered 46 points in 73 games during the calendar year.
  • Nikita Tryamkin ranks 1st among NHL rookies in hits per game with 2.8 (min. 19 games played); tied for 17th overall.
  • Troy Stecher:
    • ranks 4th in rookie TOI/game with 21:05; 70th overall
    • t-1st in rookie defensemen, 8th overall among rookies in shots on goal with 60
    • 7th in rookie defensemen assists with 6; tied for 17th overall among all rookies
    • 2nd among all rookie defensemen in Shots/60 (5v5) with 6.78; 10th among all NHL defensemen (min 300 minutes)
    • 1st among all rookie defensemen in Shots/60 (All Situations) with 8.54; 4th among all NHL defensemen (min 300 minutes)
    • 1st among rookie defensemen (min 20 GP) in Shots/GP with 3.0; 2nd among all rookies in NHL; t-28th overall in NHL
  • Brandon Sutter ranks 13th in the NHL in faceoff wins (min 27 GP) while Bo Horvat ranks 17th.
  • Bo Horvat won 24 face-offs on Dec. 3 vs TOR. According to Elias Sports Bureau, this matches the single-game high in the NHL this season.
  • Only two other Canucks have won 24 face-offs in a game since the NHL started officially tracking the stat in 1999-00:
    • Ryan Kesler on Feb. 22, 2011 vs MTL
    • Mark Messier on Jan. 19, 2000 vs DET.
  • Henrik Sedin leads the team in assists with 11. Since entering the League in 2000.01, Henrik has the second most assists with 759 (only Joe Thornton has more).
  • Among active goaltenders, Ryan Miller ranks 4th in wins with 346 while Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward ranks 6th with 278.
  • Since the start of the 2005.06 season, Ryan Miller also ranks 4th in wins with 340.
  • The Canucks penalty kill ranks t-6th at 84.8%.
  • The Canucks have killed off 25 of 28 opposing power plays over the past 11 games (89.3%), and have a record of 5-5-0-1.
  • The Canucks ranks:
    • 6th with 920 total faceoff wins
    • t-5th with 746 even-strength faceoff wins
    • 10th in faceoff win percentage at 51.0%
    • 6th in OZ faceoff win percentage at 53.7%
  • 7 of the Canucks’ 12 victories this season have come either in OT (4-1 in OT games) or the shootout (3-1 in SO games; Vancouver is t-2nd in the NHL with 3 shootout victories).

Hurricanes In Brief:

Carolina have 28 points and are in 7th place in the Metropolitan division, 11 points behind 3rd place Philadelphia; 1 point ahead of New York Islanders.

In their last game, Lee Stempniak, Joakim Nordstrom and Derek Ryan scored for the Hurricanes, and Cam Ward stopped 16 of 20 shots, but it was not enough, as the San Jose Sharks defeated Carolina 4-3 at SAP Center on Saturday.

Hurricanes have the 13th best goaltending in the NHL, with Cam Ward, and Eddie Lack, with a 2.56 GAA, and .905 SV%.

Ward is 9-8-5, with a 2.25 GAA, and a .917 SV%. Lack is 1-2-1, with a 3.56 GAA, and a .878 SV%.

Carolina leading scorers:

  • Jeff Skinner (9-13=22 pts)
  • Victor Rask (9-12=21 pts)
  • Teuvo Teravainen (7-6=13 pts)
  • Lee Stempniak (5-8=13 pts)
  •  * Sebastian Aho (4-9=13 pts)

Hurricanes injured:

  • Bryan Bickell, has missed 20 games
  • Eddie Lack, has missed 11 games
  • Jordan Staal, has missed seven games
  • Elias Lindholm, has missed five games

Total Man Games Lost: 57

Points streaks: 

  • VICTOR RASK (0-3-3 / 2 Games)
  • DEREK RYAN (3-1-4 / 3 Games)
  • JACCOB SLAVIN (0-3-3 / 3 Games)

Carolina special teams are:

  • 17 for 82: 20.7 percent on the power play overall (9th in the NHL)
  • 6 for 76: 92.1 percent on the penalty kill overall (1st in the NHL)

Hurricanes have surrendered 73 goals (11th in NHL), and have scored 68 goals (t-21st in NHL).

Hurricanes Notables:

  • The Hurricanes bring a six-game home win streak into their four-game home stand that begins on Tuesday against Vancouver (11/12-12/4: 6-0-0).
  • The last time Carolina had a home win streak of six games or more was when the team won eight straight at home from Jan. 24-March 11, 2010.
  • The Hurricanes have been perfect on the penalty kill in their last six games, killing off 18-of-18 penalties. Carolina ranks first in the league in penalty-kill percentage (92.1%) this season, allowing just six goals in 76 shorthanded situations, and has tallied four shorthanded goals.
  • Hurricanes netminder Cam Ward has earned points in 11 of his 16 starts since Nov. 1. During that span, he ranks fifth among NHL goaltenders (min. five games) in goals-against average (1.86), seventh in save percentage (.932) and tied for second in shutouts (2).
  • Tuesday’s game is the just the 11th home game for Carolina in 2016-17, which will tie them with New Jersey for the fewest home games played this season. The Hurricanes will play 11 of their next 16 games at PNC Arena.
  • Carolina forward Victor Rask earned his 100th NHL/Hurricanes point with an assist against Los Angeles on Thursday. Rask has played 187 games with Carolina registering 41 goals and 51 assists during that span, and currently ranks second on the team with 19 points (9g, 10a) in 27 games played this season. His eight-game point streak to start the 2016-17 season (10/13-10/30; 4g, 6a) ranks him second behind Ron Francis for the longest point streak to start a season in franchise history.


  • Henrik Sedin has 12 points, all assists, in 17 career games to lead all Canucks skaters in scoring versus Carolina.
  • Loui Eriksson has 9 points (3-6-9) in 17 career games versus Carolina.
  • Daniel Sedin has 7 points (3-4-7) in 16 career games played versus the Hurricanes.
  • Alex Burrows has 6 points (4-2-6) in 11 career games versus Carolina.
  • Jannik Hansen has 6 points (3-3-6) in 10 career games versus Carolina.
  • Markus Granlund has 3 points (1-2-3) in 3 career games versus the Hurricanes.
  • Both of Bo Horvat’s career-high for goals in a game (2) came in games against the Hurricanes on Jan. 6 and 15/16.
  • Jacob Markstrom is a perfect 4-0-0 in 4 career games played versus the Hurricanes (including a 1.97 GAA and .936 save percentage).
  • Jayson Megna’s first career assist and goal came in a game against the Hurricanes on Oct. 28/13.
  • Ryan Miller has a record of 15-9-4 in 28 games played versus Carolina .
  • Brandon Sutter appeared in 286 games for the Hurricanes over 4 seasons registering 107 points (53-54-107). His points total ranks t-28th all-time in Hurricanes history.

Pregame Stats

Regular Season Game 30, Road Game 16

Vancouver: 12-15-2 (Road: 4-10-1)
Carolina: 11-11-6 (Home: 7-3-0)

Team      SF    SA     PP        PK     PIM   HITS   GF   GA
Van           847   881   12-87    12-79    299      560       64     85
Carolina   831   768   17-82      6-76    186      517        68     73

Team           CF               CA            SCF          SCA       CF60%   CA60%   CF%
Van          1492(1179)  1538(1236)   780(601)  872(681)    51.7          54.2         48.8
Carolina  1559(1234)  1425(1109)   774(589)  754(576)    56.7         50.9          52.7

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-#36Hansen



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