Game Day Preview: Vancouver Looks To Make It Five Consecutive Wins Against Arizona Tonight

VANCOUVER, BC - NOVEMBER 17: Ben Hutton #27 of the Vancouver Canucks scores on Louis Domingue #35 of the Arizona Coyotes on an overtime penalty shot during their NHL game at Rogers Arena November 17, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC – NOVEMBER 17: Ben Hutton #27 of the Vancouver Canucks scores on Louis Domingue #35 of the Arizona Coyotes on an overtime penalty shot during their NHL game at Rogers Arena November 17, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)


andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

Jan 4, 2017

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

Vancouver (18-18-3=39 pts) play the second game of their 4 game homestand tonight at Rogers Arena against Pacific division rivals, Arizona Coyotes (11-21-5=17 pts).

The Canucks have won four straight games and are looking to add to that number tonight.

It’s the third of five meetings this season, and the last at Rogers Arena between the Coyotes and Canucks this season; Vancouver visits Arizona on Jan. 26 and Apr. 6.

Vancouver is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games versus Arizona (4-1-0 in their last 5 meetings).

Ryan Miller is expected to get the start tonight against the Coyotes.

Miller is 10-10-1, with a 2.77 GAA, and a .910 Sv% overall; and, 8-4-1 at Rogers Arena, with a 2.35 GAA, and a .916 Sv%.

In the Canucks last game, the Canucks extended their win streak to four games, with a 3-2 regulation win over the Colorado Avalanche, to begin a 3 game homestand to ring in 2017, with previous wins over Los Angeles, Anaheim and Edmonton to finish off 2016.

Horvat, Baertschi Led Vancouver Over Colorado

Bo Horvat scored at 4:48 of the second period to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead. Later on in the period, Sven Baertschi scored at 18:15 to give Vancouver a 2-1 lead. In the third period, Baertschi scored the game winner, with his second goal of the game, at 16:23.

Miller Picked Up His 350th Career Win, Daniel Sedin 600th NHL Assist

Ryan Miller stopped 24 of 26 shots for his 350th victory of his NHL career to give Vancouver its 4th straight win; Daniel Sedin picked up his 600th NHL assist on the winning goal.

Henrik Sedin Within 4 Of 1000 Points, Rodin Picked Up First NHL Point

Henrik Sedin registered 2 assists; Anton Rodin picked up his first NHL point with an assist.

Horvat, Baertschi Extend Point Streaks

Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi extended their point streaks:

  • BO HORVAT (1-4=5 pts / 4 Games)
  • SVEN BAERTSCHI (3-2=5 pts / 3 Games)

Vancouver is 13-6-2 at home this season, good for 6th best in the NHL.

The Canucks will be trying to extend their win streak tonight, against the Coyotes, who are currently last in the Pacific division, 12 points behind Vancouver, with two games in hand.

Canucks In Brief:

Canucks, continue to be in 6th place in the Pacific division; 3 points behind 5th place Los Angeles for the last wild card playoff position in the Western conference, and 3 points behind 4th place Calgary, who hold down the first wild card position.

Record By Five Game Segment:

Game       1-5       6-10     11-15     16-20   21-25   26-30  31-35   36-38
Record    4-0-1     0-5-0     1-4-0      3-1-1      3-2-0     1-4-0    2-2-1     4-0-0
GF Ave      2.6        0.8         2.2          3.4          2.2        3.00      2.60       2.50
GA Ave     2.0        3.4         3.4          3.6          2.6        3.80      3.00        1.75
PP%         13.0       0.0         7.7         23.1        23.1        11.8       13.3         18.8
PK%        86.7       77.8      95.0        75.0        91.7        71.4      64.7         81.8

Vancouver’s goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom are 24th in the NHL, with a 2.90 GAA and a .906 SV%:

  • Jacob Markstrom is 8-8-2, with a 2.60 GAA (18th), and a .913 Sv%       (18th)*  * At least 20 GP
  • Ryan Miller is 10-10-1, with a 2.77 GAA (22nd), and a .910 Sv% (20th)*

Leading scorers:

  • Bo Horvat (11-15=26 pts)
  • Henrik Sedin (9-17=26 pts)
  • Daniel Sedin (10-13=23 pts)
  • Sven Baertschi (10-12=22)
  • Brandon Sutter (9-10=19 pts)
  • Loui Eriksson (8-10=18 pts)

Canucks injured:

  • Derek Dorsett; 21 games missed
  • Philip Larsen; 13 games missed
  • Erik Gudbranson; 9 games missed
  • Jannik Hansen; 5 games missed

Total Man Games Lost: 168

Points streaks:

  • BO HORVAT (1-4=5 pts / 4 Games)
  • SVEN BAERTSCHI (3-2=5 pts / 3 Games)

Vancouver Special Teams:

  • 17 for 120: 14.2 percent on the power play overall (26th in the NHL)
  • 22 for 110: 80.0 percent on the penalty kill overall (t-21st in NHL)

Canucks have allowed 115 goals against (26th in NHL), and have scored 93 goals for (t-19th in NHL).

Canucks Notables:

  • The Canucks have opened the scoring 13 times this season and are 8-4-1 when scoring first. They are 10-14-2 when the opposition scores first.
  • The Canucks have earned at least one point in 10 of their last 13 home games (8-3-2).
  • The Canucks have earned 28 points at home which ranks them 6th in the NHL.
  • Chris Tanev is expected to play his 10th game since returning from injury and the Canucks are 6-2-1 with Tanev in the lineup since his return.
  • After 39 games last season, the Canucks were 15-15-9, for 39 pts, good for a share of 3rd place in the Pacific division with Anaheim.
    • Faceoff win percentage was the worst in the NHL at 45.2 percent
      • This season, it is 52.3 percent, 5th best in the NHL
    • Power play was 16 percent successful, 28th in the NHL
      • This season, it is 14.2 percent, 26th in the NHL
    • Penalty kill was 78.9 percent successful, 22nd in the NHL
      • This season, it is 80 percent, t-21st in the NHL
    • The last 43 games of the season, Vancouver was 16-23-4, for 36 points, and finished out of the playoffs.
  • Through 39 games, Bo Horvat currently leads the team in goals (11), is tied for the team lead in points (26) and is second in assists (15). During the 2016 year, Horvat registered 55 points in 82 games.
  • Through 39 games, Sven Baertschi has registered 10 goals, 12 assists and 22 points. He has reached the 10 goal mark 14 games faster than last season (10th goal in the 53rd game) and 22 points 24 games quicker than in the 2015.16 season (22nd point in the 63rd game).
  • Nikita Tryamkin ranks t-3rd among NHL rookies in hits per game with 2.5 (min. 10 games played) and 8th in total rookie hits (73).
  • Troy Stecher ranks 5th in rookie TOI/game with 20:50, 10th in rookie shots on goal with 74 and t-5th in rookie defencemen assists with 9.
  • Brandon Sutter ranks 12th in the NHL in faceoff wins with 387 while Bo Horvat ranks t-18th with 354.
  • Henrik Sedin leads the team in assists with 17. Since entering the League in 2000.01, Henrik has the second most assists with 765 (only Joe Thornton has more).
  • Daniel Sedin recorded his 600th career assist on Jan. 2 vs COL. He became the 7th Swedish-born player to reach the milestone and just the 2nd in Canucks history.
  • Among active goaltenders, Ryan Miller ranks 4th in wins with 350. This also ranks him 21st all-time in wins in NHL history and 3rd alltime
    among American-born goaltenders.
  • The Canucks rank 7th for the best record in the last 10 games played (6-3-1).
  • The Canucks rank 3rd with 1,236 total faceoff wins and 3rd with 994 even-strength faceoff wins. Vancouver ranks 5th in faceoff win percentage at 52.3% and 4th in OZ faceoff win percentage at 54.6%; in 2015.16, the Canucks’ 45.4% faceoff win percentage ranked 30th.

Coyotes In Brief: 

Arizona in their last game, allowed four goals in the first period to the Calgary Flames on Saturday night at Scotiabank Saddledome and lost 4-2, handing the Flames their third win in their last four games.

Brendan Perlini and Martin Hanzal scored for the Coyotes; Louis Domingue made 20 saves for Arizona, who have lost seven consecutive games.

Coyotes have 27 points are 29th in the NHL; in 7th place in the Pacific division 12 points behind Vancouver.

Arizona have the 29th best goaltending in the NHL, with Louis Domingue, Mike Smith and Justin Peters, with a 3.20 GAA, and .906 SV%.

Domingue is 4-10-1, with a 3.42 GAA, and a .895 SV%. Smith is 7-10-4, with a 2.82 GAA, and a .920 SV%. Peters is 0-1-0, with a 3.16 GAA, and a ..900 SV%.

Arizona leading scorers:

  • Radim Vrbata (9-15=24 pts)
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson (7-12=19 pts)
  • Max Domi (5-11=16 pts)
  • Tobias Rieder (8-7=15 pts)
  • Martin Hanzal (8-6=14 pts)

Coyotes injured:

  • Brad Richardson…IR…Lower Body
  • Max Domi…IR….Upper Body
  • Ryan White…day to day…Lower Body

Total Man Games Lost: 76

Points streaks:

  • MARTIN HANZAL (1-2=3 pts / 3 Games)
  • OLIVER ECKMAN-LARSSON (0-2=2 pts / 2 Games)

Arizona Special Teams: 

  • 16 for 112: 14.3 percent on the power play overall (25th in the NHL)
  • 33 for 130: 74.6 percent on the penalty kill overall (29th in the NHL).

Coyotes have surrendered 120 goals (t-28th best in NHL), and have scored 79 goals for (29th in NHL).

Pregame Stats

Regular Season Game 40, Home Game 22

Arizona: 11-21-5 (Road: 5-11-3)
Vancouver: 18-18-3 (Home: 13-6-2)

Team      SF      SA        PP           PK       PIM    HITS     GF   GA
Ari        1058   1271   16-112     33-130   448     1009      79   120
Van      1085   1196   17-120     22-110   368     708        93   115

Team       CF                CA                SCF           SCA       CF60%  CA60%   CF%
Ari    2011(1568)  2349(1847)  282(699)  387(916)     53.2       62.7       45.9
Van  1964(1540)  2074(1634)  368(795)  380(890)    50.1       53.2       48.5

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-#46Megna
#50Gaunce-#45Chaput-#9Jack Skille



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