Michael Chaput With Two Goals, Horvat, Burrows Lead Vancouver Over Buffalo 4-2

BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Robin Lehner #40 of the Buffalo Sabres is separated from Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks by referee Garrett Rank #7 during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on February 12, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY – FEBRUARY 12: Robin Lehner #40 of the Buffalo Sabres is separated from Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks by referee Garrett Rank #7 during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on February 12, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

Feb 12, 2017

Vancouver (25-25-6=56 pts) played the 4th game of a 6 game road trip this evening against the Buffalo Sabres (23-23-10=56 pts) at KeyBank Center.

The Canucks played the Sabres in their second and final meeting this season, going for their 8th road win, while Buffalo was hoping for their 14th win at home.

The Sabres entered the game 5-4-1 in their last 10 games, while the Canucks were 4-6-0.

Canucks Defeat Sabres 4-2 In Regulation For 8th Road Win

Buffalo scored the first goal of the game, but Vancouver came back with two consecutive goals to take a 2-1 lead, before Buffalo scored in the last minute of the opening period to make it 2-2.

In the middle frame, Vancouver scored two unanswered goals, to go up 4-2 after two periods.

BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a second period goal against Robin Lehner #40 of the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on February 12, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY – FEBRUARY 12: Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a second period goal against Robin Lehner #40 of the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on February 12, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

In the final period, neither team would score and the Canucks would get their 25th win of the season.

Canucks evened up their road trip at 2-2-0 with two games remaining.

Vancouver continues their road trip with visits to Pittsburgh (Feb. 14) and St. Louis (Feb. 16).

The game this evening marked the end of the Canucks’ 12th of 16 back-to-back series this season. They are 9-14-1 in back-to-backs thus far this season. In 2015.16, the Canucks played in 13 back-to-back series posting a record of 10-12-4.

The win against the Sabres left Vancouver 4 points behind Los Angeles and 6 points behind Nashville, for the two wild card playoff spots in the Western conference.

The Canucks entered the game with points in 13 in their last 20 games, with a record since Dec 28th of 10-7-3, tied for 13th best in the NHL, with an NHL 4th best 2.40 GAA, and 6th best FOW% at 52.4 percent.

Game Review

Vancouver and Buffalo tied 2-2 after first period. Buffalo opened the scoring at 4:58 on a goal by Tyler Ennis (4), assisted by Evan Rodrigues (1).

Canucks made it 1-1 on the power play when Bo Horvat, with his 17th goal of the season scored, assisted by Ben Hutton (10) and Markus Granlund (10), at 9:07. The power play goal was the Canucks 5th in their last 5 consecutive games.

Vancouver would make it 2-1, at 16:37, on a goal by Michael Chaput, his 2nd of the season, assisted by Daniel Sedin (19).

Before the end of the period, Canucks would give up another last minute goal, as Buffalo would even the game at 2-2 at 19:44, on a goal by Kyle Okposo (18), assisted by Rasmus Ristolainen (28) and Ryan O’ Reilly (24).

In the second, two unanswered goals put Canucks up 4-2 after two periods. Vancouver took a 3-2 lead, on a goal by Alex Burrows, his 9th of the season, assisted by Troy Stecher (14) and Bo Horvat (21), at 5:00.

 

Michael Chaput put the Canucks up by two goals at 4-2, with his second goal of the game, 3rd of the season, at 15:33, assisted by Alex Edler (11) and Alex Burrows (11).

In the final period, neither team would score.

Markstrom Gets 10th Win Of Season

BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Evan Rodrigues #71 and Matt Moulson #26 of the Buffalo Sabres look for a rebound from Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on February 12, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY – FEBRUARY 12: Evan Rodrigues #71 and Matt Moulson #26 of the Buffalo Sabres look for a rebound from Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on February 12, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jacob Markstrom made his 22nd start of the season, 13th on the road, winning his 5th road game, stopping 26 of 28 shots.

Markstrom’s season totals stand at 10-10-3, with a 2.56 GAA, and a .914 Sv% and no shutouts, in 22 game starts.

On the road he is, 5-8-1, with a 2.45 GAA, and a .921 Sv%.

Edler, Granlund, Horvat, Burrows, Hutton Extend Point Streaks 

Markus Granlund and Alex Edler extended their point streaks to 4 games each against the Sabres, while Bo Horvatw, Alex Burrows and Ben Hutton extended theirs to 2 games:

ALEXANDER EDLER (1-3=4 pts / 4 Games)
MARKUS GRANLUND (2-2=4 pts / 4 Games)
BO HORVAT (2-2=4 pts / 2 Games)
ALEX BURROWS (2-2=4 pts / 2 Games)
BEN HUTTON (0-2=2 pts / 2 Games)

Vancouver continues to be in 6th place in the Pacific division with the win, with 56 points, 13 points ahead 7th place Arizona, 3 points behind 5th place Calgary; 4 points from 4th place Los Angeles.

Los Angeles and Nashville presently occupy the two wild card playoff positions, with 60 and 62 points respecrively, with Vancouver 4 points the Kings for the final wild card spot in the Western conference.

Vancouver continue their road trip at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night at 4:00 pm PST.

In Brief:

  • Vancouver out shot Buffalo, 31-28
  • Canucks were 1 for 6 on the power play, with 10 shots for
  • Vancouver 3 for 3 on the penalty kill, with 7 shots against
  • Canucks out hit by Buffalo 19-12
  • Vancouver had 13 blocked shots
  • Luca Sbisa and Jayson Megna had 3 hits each
  • Chris Tanev and Troy Stecher had blocked 3 shots each
  • Vancouver were 25 for 54 in faceoffs, for 46 percent
    • Brandon Sutter was 12 for 22, 55 percent; Bo Horvat, 7 for 20, 35 percent
  • Canucks finished with 11 attempted shots blocked, 9 missed shots, led by:
    • Troy Stecher, 4 attempted shots blocked, 1 missed shot
    • Ben Hutton, 3 attempted shots blocked
    • Markus Granlund, 2 attempted shots blocked, 2 missed shots
    • Nikita Tryamkin, 1 attempted shots blocked, 1 missed shot
    • Daniel Sedin, 1 attempted shots blocked
    • Alex Edler, 2 missed shots
  • Michael Chaput and Alex Edler led Canucks with 4 shots each; Reid Boucher, Luca Sbisa, Alex Burrows, Loui Eriksson had 3 shots each
  • Canucks had 6 giveaways
  • Vancouver had 8 takeaways (Jack Skille with 2)
  • Vancouver is 3rd in the League with 16 wins in 1 goal games.
  • Canucksare now, 3-5-2 in their last 10 road games, since Jan 1
  • Vancouver is 7-3-1 in their last 11 games against Buffalo (4-2-0 in their last 6 games).
  • CURRENT INJURIES
    • Derek Dorsett; 35 games missed
    • Erik Gudbranson; 23 games missed
    • Anton Rodin; 8 games missed
    • Sven Baertschi
  • TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 242

Canucks Lineup:

#22D. Sedin-#33H.Sedin-#60Granlund
#14Burrowsi-#53Horvat-#36Hansen
#21Ericksson-#20Sutter-#46Megna
#24Boucher-#45Chaput-#9Skille

#23Edler-#51Stecher
#5Sbisa-#8Tanev
#27Hutton-#88Tryamkin

#25Markstrom
#30Miller

Scratched: #55 Alex Biega, #63 Philip Larsen

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Vancouver Take Aim Against Buffalo Tonight In Attempt To Stay In Playoff Hunt

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MAKE OR BREAK TIME: Canucks take aim at 6-point deficit between themselves and a playoff spot as they prepare to take on Buffalo Sabres tonight.

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

Feb 12, 2017

The Vancouver Canucks, 2-5-2 in their last 9 road games, since Jan 1 take on the Buffalo Sabres tonight in the 4th game of their 6 game road trip at KeyBank Center.

The Canucks play the Sabres in their second and final meeting this season.

The Canucks are 24-25-6 after 55 games, in 6th spot in the Pacific division, while the Sabres are in 7th spot in the Atlantic division with a record of 23-22-10.

Vancouver sits 6 points behind both Los Angeles and Nashville who occupy the two wild card playoff positions in the Western conference.

The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games, while the Canucks are 4-6-0.

Vancouver is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games against Buffalo (3-2-0 in their last 5 games).

Tonight marks the conclusion of the Canucks’ 12th of 16 back-to-back series this season. They are 8-14-1 in back-to-backs thus far this season. In 2015.16, the Canucks played in 13 back-to-back series posting a record of 10-12-4.

Vancouver has 27 games left, with 14 on the road, with a present road record of 7-17-3, 2nd worst in the NHL, and have to do much better with their remaining road contests if they are to secure a playoff spot for the post season.

At home the Canucks are 17-8-3, tied for the 11th best home record in the NHL, and will need that home record to continue as it has if Vancouver is going to have any chance at all, especially if their play in road games continue to provide disappointment.

CANUCKS IN BRIEF (Through Feb. 11)

  • Bo Horvat notched his 100th NHL point with a goal on Feb. 11 at BOS. According to Elias Sports, he is the 8th youngest player to record 100 points for the Canucks at 21 years, 283 days.
    • The last player as young as Horvat to reach the 100-point mark for the Canucks was Petr Nedved (Jan. 27/93; 21 years, 49 days).
  • Horvat currently leads the team in goals (16), and points (36) and ranks 2nd in assists (20).
  • Alex Edler notched his 40th career PPG on Feb. 7 at NSH. He currently ranks second all-time among Canucks defencemen and fifth all-time in among Swedish-born defencemen in PPG.
  • Through 50 games, Sven Baertschi has registered 13 goals, 14 assists and 27 points. He is within one point and two goals of tying career season highs.
  • Through 55 games, Markus Granlund has already set career-highs in goals (14) and points (23). He is 1 assist from tying his career high for assists in a single season set during the 2014.15 season.
  • Nikita Tryamkin ranks t-6th among NHL rookies in hits per game with 2.4 (min. 10 games played) and 6th in total rookie hits (107).
  • Troy Stecher ranks 7th in rookie TOI/game with 20:33, 13th in rookie shots on goal with 95 and 5th in rookie defencemen assists with 13.
  • Brandon Sutter ranks 12th in the NHL in faceoff wins with 563 while Bo Horvat ranks 20th with 498.
  • Alex Edler leads the team and ranks 20th in the NHL in ice time with 24:08 TOI/GP. He has led the team in ice time on 35 separate occasions including 17 games where he led all skaters in this category.
  • Among active goaltenders, Ryan Miller ranks 4th in wins with 354. This also ranks him t-19th all-time in wins in NHL history and 3rd all-time among American-born goaltenders. Miller is t-40th for most shutouts in League history (39). He ranks 4th among American born goaltenders and 7th among active goaltenders in shutouts.
  • According to Elias Sports, Daniel and Henrik have been in on the same goal 696 times which ranks second in NHL history. Gretzky-Kurri rank first in this category having been in on the same goal 764 times.
  • The Canucks have scored a power-play goal in 4 straight games for the first time this season operating at 33.3% during this stretch (4-for-12).
  • The Canucks rank 3rd with 1,750 total faceoff wins and 2nd with 1,440 even-strength faceoff wins. Vancouver ranks t-4th in faceoff win percentage at 52.1% and 4th in OZ faceoff win percentage at 54.0%; in 2015.16, the Canucks’ 45.4% faceoff win percentage ranked 30th.
  • Vancouver is 9-6 in games that go beyond regulation (5-4 in OT and 4-2 in SO).
  • The Canucks have opened the scoring 21 times this season and are 12-6-3 when scoring first. They are 12-19-3 when the opposition scores first.
  • The Canucks’ 37 points collected at home is currently t-10th in the NHL.
  • Vancouver is 3rd in the League with 16 wins in 1 goal games.

MARKSTROM GETS START AGAINST BUFFALO

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Jacob Markstrom will get the game start against the Sabres, after defeating Buffalo 2-1 back on October 20 at Rogers Arena.

Markstrom will make his 22nd start of the season, 13th on the road.

Markstrom’s season totals stand at 9-10-3, with a 2.59 GAA, and a .913 Sv% and no shutouts, in 21 game starts.

On the road he is, 4-8-1, with a 2.48 GAA, and a .920 Sv%.

CURRENT INJURIES

  • Derek Dorsett; 35 games missed
  • Erik Gudbranson; 23 games missed
  • Anton Rodin; 8 games missed
  • Sven Baertschi; 1 game missed

TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 246

Edler, Granlund Bring Point Streaks To Buffalo

Alex Edler and Markus Granlund extended their point streaks to 3 games against the Bruins on Saturday afternoon, with Edler picking up an assist and Granlund a goal:

ALEXANDER EDLER (1-2=3 pts / 3 Games)
MARKUS GRANLUND (2-1=3 pts / 3 Games)

Vancouver continues to be in 6th place in the Pacific division, with 54 points, 13 points ahead 7th place Arizona, 5 points behind 5th place Calgary; 6 points from 4th place Los Angeles.

Los Angeles and Nashville presently occupy the two wild card playoff positions, with 60 points, with Vancouver 6 points behind both teams.

Vancouver take their road trip next to Pittsburgh (Feb. 14), finishing up against St. Louis (Feb. 16). 

Canucks Lineup:

#22D. Sedin-#33H.Sedin-#60Granlund
#14Burrowsi-#53Horvat-#36Hansen
#21Ericksson-#20Sutter-#46Megna
#24Boucher-#45Chaput-#9Skille

#23Edler-#51Stecher
#5Sbisa-#8Tanev
#27Hutton-#88Tryamkin

#25Markstrom
#30Miller

Scratched: #55 Alex Biega, #63 Philip Larsen

They Said It…

 

Boston Hands Vancouver 17th Road Loss, Canucks 6 Points Out Of Playoff Spot

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 11: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins watches the play against Christopher Tanev #8 and Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks at the TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 11: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins watches the play against Christopher Tanev #8 and Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks at the TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

Feb 11, 2017

Vancouver (24-25-6=54 pts) played the 3rd of a 6 game road trip this afternoon against the Boston Bruins (28-23-6=62 pts) at TD Garden.

The Canucks took on the Bruins in their first of two meetings this season, looking for their 8th road win, while Boston was looking for its 15th home win of the season.

Vancouver and Boston both entered the game 4-5-1 in their last 10 games.

Canucks Suffer 4-3 Regulation Loss

Vancouver scored the first goal of the game, then Boston came back with two unanswered to take a 2-1 lead, but the Canucks would even the game at 2-2 with a last second goal in the middle frame.

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 11: Bo Hovart #53 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates a goal against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 11: Bo Hovart #53 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates a goal against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 11: Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a goal past Adam McQuaid #54 of the Boston Bruins during the second period at TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 11: Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a goal past Adam McQuaid #54 of the Boston Bruins during the second period at TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

 

In the final period, Boston scored early, regaining a one goal lead at 3-2. Vancouver would come back with a man advantage goal on the power play to tie the game at 3-3 with just over five minutes left in the game.

With exactly two minutes left, the Bruins would go up 4-3 putting the Canucks into a position of coming back a third time in the game.

Vancouver pulled goalie Ryan Miller, coming close to scoring, hitting a goalpost, but Boston would hang on, squeaking by the Canucks 4-3.

The Bruins visit Rogers Arena on Mar. 13.

The Canucks continue their road trips with visits to Buffalo (Feb. 12), Pittsburgh (Feb. 14) and St. Louis (Feb. 16).

The game this afternoon marked the start of the Canucks’ 12th of 16 back-to-back series this season. They are 8-14-1 in back-to-backs thus far this season. In 2015.16, the Canucks played in 13 back-to-back series posting a record of 10-12-4.

The loss against the Bruins left Vancouver 6 points behind Los Angeles and Nashville for one of the wild card playoff spots, in the Western conference.

The Canucks entered the game with points in 13 in their last 19 games, with a record since Dec 28th of 10-6-3, tied for 11th best in the NHL, with an NHL 4th best 2.32 GAA, and 6th best FOW% at 52.5 percent.

Game Review

Vancouver behind 2-1 after the first period. Canucks scored the game opening goal when Bo Horvat, with his 16th goal of the season, scored to make it 1-0 Vancouver, assisted by Jannik Hansen (6) and Alex Burrows (10), at 4:56.

The goal marked Horvat’s 100th NHL career point in 205 games (45-55=100 pts), for a .488 points per game average.

The Canucks have opened the scoring now 21 times this season and are 12-6-3 when scoring first. They are 12-19-3 when the opposition scores first.

Boston would even the score at 1-1, at 13:33, on a goal by Kevan Miller (2), assisted by Ryan Spooner (20) and Frank Vatrano (4).

The Bruins took a 2-1 lead on their second power play of the game, in the final minute of the period, Frank Vatrano (7) scoring at 19:22, assisted by David Kreji (23) and Torey Krug (30).

In the secondVancouver scored a last second goal in the last minute of the period to even the game up at 2-2, on a goal by Alex Burrows, unassisted, at 19:59.

In the final periodBoston would score early, to take a 3-2 lead, as Colin Miller (4), scored at 2:12, assisted by Jimmy Hayes (2) and Frank Vatrano (5).

Markus Granlund would score on the power play for the Canucks, to even up the game once again, at 3-3, with his 14th goal of the season, assisted by Alex Edler (10) and Ben Hutton (9) at 14:23.

 

With two minutes left, David Pastrnak (25), put Boston back into the lead, 4-3, assisted by David Krejci (24) and Adam McQuaid (4). That would prove to be the winner.

Miller Suffers 15 Loss Of Season

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 11: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins handles the puck against Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks at the TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 11: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins handles the puck against Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks at the TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Ryan Miller made his 34th start of the season, 15th on the road, losing his 9th road game, stopping 26 of 30 shots.

Millers’s season totals now stand at 15-15-3, with a 2.61 GAA, and a .917 Sv% and 3 shutouts, in 34 game starts.

On the road he is now, 3-9-2, with a 3.02 GAA, a .908 Sv% and 1 shutout.

Edler, Granlund Extend Point Streaks 

Alex Edler and Markus Granlund extended their point streaks to 3 games against the Bruins, with Edler picking up an assist and Granlund a goal:

ALEXANDER EDLER (1-2=3 pts / 3 Games)
MARKUS GRANLUND (2-1=3 pts / 3 Games)

Vancouver continues to be in 6th place in the Pacific division with the loss, with 54 points, 13 points ahead 7th place Arizona, 5 points behind 5th place Calgary; 6 points from 4th place Los Angeles.

Los Angeles and Nashville presently occupy the two wild card playoff positions, with 60 points, with Vancouver 6 points behind both teams.

Vancouver continue their road trip at Buffalo tomorrow night at 4:30 pm PST.

In Brief:

  • Vancouver out shot Boston, 32-30
  • Canucks were 1 for 3 on the power play, with 4 shot for, 2 shots against
  • Vancouver 1 for 2 on the penalty kill, with 2 shot against
  • Canucks out hit by Bruins 25-23
  • Vancouver had 12 blocked shots
  • Luca Sbisa had 5 hits; Brandon Sutter 4 hits; and Troy Stecher had 3 hits
  • Ben Hutton blocked 4 shots; Troy Stecher, Luca Sbisa and Alex Edler finished with 2 blocked shots each
  • Vancouver were 28 for 55 in faceoffs, for 51 percent
    • Brandon Sutter was 8 for 15, 53 percent; Bo Horvat, 10 for 18, 56 percent; Henrik Sedin, 7 for 16, 44 percent; Michael Chaput, 2 for 4, 50 percent
  • Canucks finished with 9 attempted shots blocked, 14 missed shots, led by:
    • Brandon Sutter, 2 attempted shots blocked, 1 missed shot
    • Loui Eriksson, 2 attempted shots blocked, 1 missed shot
    • Troy Stecher, 2 attempted shots blocked
    • Henrik Sedin, 3 missed shots
    • Ben Hutton, 2 missed shots
    • Markus Granlund, 2 missed shots
  • Bo Horvat led Vancouver with 4 shots; Burrows, Sutter, Eriksson, and Hansen 3 shots each
  • Canucks had 12 giveaways (Bo Horvat and Michael Chaput with 2 each)
  • Vancouver had 10 takeaways (Brandon Sutter and Luca Sbisa with 2 each)
  • Vancouver is 3rd in the League with 16 wins in 1 goal games.
  • Canucks, are now, 2-5-2 in their last 9 road games, since Jan 1
  • Vancouver is 6-5-0 in their last 11 games against Boston (3-3-0 in their last 6 games).
  • CURRENT INJURIES
    • Derek Dorsett; 35 games missed
    • Erik Gudbranson; 23 games missed
    • Anton Rodin; 8 games missed
    • Sven Baertschi
  • TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 242

Canucks Lineup:

#22D. Sedin-#33H.Sedin-#60Granlund
#14Burrowsi-#53Horvat-#36Hansen
#21Ericksson-#20Sutter-#46Megna
#24Boucher-#45Chaput-#9Skille

#23Edler-#51Stecher
#5Sbisa-#8Tanev
#27Hutton-#88Tryamkin

#30Miller
#25Markstrom

Scratched: #55 Alex Biega, #63 Philip Larsen

They Said It…

 

 

 

Vancouver Comes Out of All-Star Break Tonight Against San Jose Looking To Make It 9 Games Undefeated In Regulation At Rogers Arena

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andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

Feb 2, 2017

The Vancouver Canucks, 7-0-1, in their last 8 games at Rogers Arena take on division rivals San Jose Sharks tonight in the first of 5 games between the two teams.

The Canucks are 23-21-6 after 50 games, in 6th spot in the Pacific division, while San Jose are in top spot with a record of 32-17-2.

Vancouver sits 3 points behind the Calgary Flames who occupy the second and last wild card playoff position in the Western conference.

The Sharks are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games, while the Canucks are 4-3-3.

Vancouver is 5-5-0 in their last 10 games played against San Jose (they are 2-3-0 in the last 5).

Vancouver has 32 games left, with 17 on the road, and with a present road record of 6-15-3, have to do much better with their remaining road contests if they are to secure a playoff spot in the post season.

At home the Canucks are 17-6-3, tied for the 5th best home record in the NHL, and will need that home record to continue as it has if Vancouver is going to have any chance at all, especially if their play in road games continue to provide disappointment.

IN PLAYOFF HUNT, BUT HAS NOT BEEN PRETTY

It is not surprising Vancouver is where they are. They have earned it, considering they were not picked to contend for the playoffs by NHL insiders but have done it through team unity and hard work, overcoming much adversity,  lacking the offensive punch of past years, and a young NHL superstar:

  • The Canucks have earned at least a point in 12 of the past 15 games.
  • The Canucks rank 7th with 1,575 total faceoff wins and 6th with 1,285 even-strength faceoff wins.
    • Vancouver ranks t-5th in faceoff win percentage at 51.9% and 5th in OZ faceoff win percentage at 53.2%
    • In 2015.16, the Canucks’ 45.4% faceoff win percentage ranked 30th.
  • 9 of the Canucks 22 victories this season have come either in OT (5-3 in OT games) or the shootout (4-2 in SO games).
  • The Canucks have opened the scoring 18 times this season and are 11-4-3 when scoring first. They are 12-17-3 when the opposition scores first.
  • The Canucks have earned at least one point in 15 of their last 18 home games (11-3-3).
    • The Canucks have not lost at home in regulation since Dec. 22/16 vs WPG (have gone 7-0-1 since that date at Rogers Arena).
  • The Canucks have earned 37 points (17-6-3) at home which ranks them t-5th in the NHL and t-2nd in the Western Conference.
  • Vancouver has earned 15 points (6-15-3) on the road which ranks them 29th in the NHL and 13th in the Western Conference.
  • Vancouver is 3rd in the League with 16 wins in 1 goal games.
  • The Canucks are t-3rd with 7 wins when trailing after the first period. They are t-4th with 5 wins when trailing after the second period.

MILLER GETS START AGAINST SHARKS

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Ryan Miller will get the game start against the Sharks, Desjardins deciding to start off the last 32 games with the 2nd best goaltender in goals against in the NHL since Dec 28.

Since Dec 28, Miller has a record of 7-2-2, with a 1.70 GAA (2nd best in NHL), .945 Sv% (best in NHL) and 2 shutouts (tied for 2nd most).

Among active goaltenders, Ryan Miller ranks 4th in wins with 354. This also ranks him 20th all-time in wins in NHL history and 3rd all-time among American-born goaltenders. Miller is t-41st for most shutouts in League history (38). He ranks t-4th among American born goaltenders and t-7th among active goaltenders in shutouts.

CURRENT INJURIES

  • Derek Dorsett; 32 games missed
  • Erik Gudbranson; 20 games missed
  • Jannik Hansen; 16 games missed
  • Ben Hutton; 9 games missed
  • Anton Rodin; 5 games missed

Canucks have lost 227 man games due to injuries this season.

Ben Hutton is expected to miss the home games against San Jose and Minnesota (on Saturday night) but may return on the upcoming road trip.

As for Jannik Hansen, he is eyeing a return to the lineup on Saturday night against the Wild.

Philip Larsen feels good after being out of the lineup for a number of games, and is looking forward to returning to game action.

They Said It…