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…

 

 

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