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

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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.

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Vancouver Battles Chicago Blackhawks Tonight To Begin 3-Game Road Trip, Undefeated In Regulation Last 5 Games

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 13: Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks pushes into Brent Seabrook #7 of the Chicago Blackhawks in the first period of the NHL game at the United Center on December 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 13: Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks pushes into Brent Seabrook #7 of the Chicago Blackhawks in the first period of the NHL game at the United Center on December 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

Jan 22, 2017

Game Time: 4:30 PM PST
Location: United Center
TV: Sportsnet
Radio: TSN 1040

Vancouver (22-19-6=48 pts) begin a three game road trip tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks (29-14-5=63 pts) at United Center.

The Canucks play the Blackhawks in their second of three meetings this season; the Canucks wrap up the season series with another visit to Chicago on Mar. 21.

Vancouver is 4-5-1 in their last 10 games against Chicago (1-3-1 in their last 5 games).

Canucks are 10-3-4 since Dec 16, tied for 3rd best record in the NHL over that span, with the best faceoff winning percentage at 54.5 percent, and 4th best GAA at 2.12.

Vancouver continues the road trip at Colorado (Jan. 25) and at Arizona (Jan. 26).

Canucksare 1-2-2 in their last 5 road gamesand 5-13-3 overall.

Vancouver are 6-1-3 in their last 10 games, while Chicago is 6-4-0. Chicago is 17-5-4 at home this season, and 6-3-1 in their last 10 at United Center.

Canucks last game, Vancouver defeated the Florida Panthers at Rogers Arena 2-1 on Friday night. Henrik Sedin tied the game with a goal at 5:50 of the second, recording his 1,000th point with the Canucks. Daniel Sedin and Alex Edler drew assists on the goal. Luca Sbisa scored from the slot 3:07 into the third to record his first game-winner of the season, while Ryan Miller made 34 saves to move into 20th all-time in wins, with 354 (4th among active goalies).

Henrik Sedin, Sbisa Extend Point Streaks Against Florida

Henrik Sedin, extend his points streak against the Panthers to 4 games (2-2=4 pts / 4 games), and Luca Sbisa extended his to 2 games (1-1=2 pts / 2 games).

Ryan Miller Gets Start Against Blackhawks, Undefeated In Last 9 Starts

Ryan Miller is a hot goalie, cooling off the opposition for the Canucks since Dec 28th, undefeated in his last 9 game starts with a 7-0-2 record, 1.52 GAA, .951 Sv%, and 2 shutouts in that span.

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His save percentage is tops in the NHL, goals against average is 2nd best, and is tied for 2nd most shutouts, since December 28th.

The Canucks record since Dec 28th is 8-1-3, 3rd best in the NHL, with a NHL best 1.75 GAA, and 3rd best FOW% at 53.2 percent.

Vancouver are in 5th place in the Pacific division, with 50 points, a point behind 4th place Calgary, 10 points behind Edmonton and San Jose; 2 points ahead of 6th place Los Angeles; and 16 points ahead of 7th, and last place, Arizona.

The St Louis Blues and Calgary presently occupy the two wild card playoff positions, with Vancouver a single point behind each.

Canucks In Brief:

Overall Record By Five Game Segment:

Game       1-5       6-10     11-15     16-20   21-25   26-30  31-35   36-40
Record    4-0-1     0-5-0     1-4-0      3-1-1      3-2-0     1-4-0    2-2-1     5-0-0
GF Ave      2.6        0.8         2.2          3.4          2.2        3.00      2.60       2.60
GA Ave     2.0        3.4         3.4          3.6          2.6        3.80      3.00        1.40
PP%         13.0       0.0         7.7         23.1        23.1        11.8       13.3         16.7
PK%        86.7       77.8      95.0        75.0        91.7        71.4      64.7         84.6

Game    41-45   46-50
Record    1-1-3     2-0-0
GF Ave    2.20      1.50
GA Ave    2.60      0.50
PP%         10.0       00.0
PK%         75.0      75.0

Vancouver’s goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom are 20th in the NHL, with a 2.70 GAA and a .911 SV%:

  • Jacob Markstrom is 8-9-3, with a 2.59 GAA (18th), and a .912 Sv%       (t-20th)*  * At least 22 GP
  • Ryan Miller is 14-10-3, with a 2.48 GAA (17th), and a .919 Sv% (17th)*

Leading scorers:

  • Bo Horvat (13-17=30 pts)
  • Henrik Sedin (11-19=30 pts)
  • Daniel Sedin (11-15=26 pts)
  • Sven Baertschi (11-13=24)
  • Brandon Sutter (12-11=23 pts)
  • Loui Eriksson (10-11=19 pts)

Canucks injured:

  • Derek Dorsett; 29 games missed
  • Philip Larsen; 21 games missed
  • Erik Gudbranson; 17 games missed
  • Jannik Hansen; 13 games missed
  • Ben Hutton; 6 games missed
  • Anton Rodin; 2 games missed

Total Man Games Lost: 210

Points streaks:

  • HENRIK SEDIN (2-2=4 pts / 4 Games)
  • LUCA SBISA (1-1=2 pts / 2 Games)

Vancouver Special Teams:

  • 19 for 144: 13.2 percent on the power play overall (29th in the NHL)
  • 26 for 128: 79.7 percent on the penalty kill overall (23rd in NHL)

Canucks have allowed 129 goals against (19th in NHL), and have scored 110 goals for (25th in NHL).

Canucks Notables: (Through Jan. 20)

  • Road Record By Five Game Segment:
    • Game       1-5       6-10     11-15     16-20   21-25  
      Record    0-4-1     2-3-0     2-3-0     1-3-1     0-0-1
      GF Ave     1.6        2.6         2.2         2.2        4.00
      GA Ave     3.4        2.6         2.6         3.8        4.00
      PP%         10.5       9.1         16.7        00.0      12.5
      PK%        82.3       92.8      86.7        73.3       50.0
  • Through 44 games, Sven Baertschi has registered 11 goals, 13 assists and 24 points. He has reached the 11 goal mark 15 games faster than last season (11th goal in the 55th game) and 24 points 24 games quicker than in the 2015.16 season (24th point in the 64th game).
  • Through 47 games, Markus Granlund has already set career-highs in goals (11) and points (19). He is 2 assists 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 5th in total rookie hits (90).
  • Troy Stecher ranks 6th in rookie TOI/game with 20:43, 11th in rookie shots on goal with 86 and t-5th in rookie defencemen assists with 12.
  • Brandon Sutter ranks 12th in the NHL in faceoff wins with 470 while Bo Horvat ranks 17th with 429.
  • Alex Edler leads the team and ranks 19th in the NHL in ice time with 24:08 TOI/GP. He has led the team in ice time on 27 seperate occasions including 15 games where he led all skaters in this category.
  • 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 also in a tie for 41st for most shutouts in League history (38). He ranks t-4th among American born goaltenders and t-7th among active goaltenders in this category as well.
  • The Canucks rank 6th for the best record in the last 10 games played (6-1-3). They have earned at least a point in 11 of the past 12 games.
  • The Canucks rank 3rd with 1,490 total faceoff wins and t-3rd with 1,209 even-strength faceoff wins. Vancouver ranks 5th in faceoff win percentage at 52.2% and 4th in OZ faceoff win percentage at 53.9%; 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 17 times this season and are 10-4-3 when scoring first. They are 12-15-3 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-3rd in the NHL and 2nd in the Western Conference (behind Chicago).
  • Vancouver is t-2nd in the League with 15 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.

VS BLACKHAWKS NOTES

  • Daniel Sedin leads Canucks skaters with 54 points (22-32-54) in 56 career games versus CHI.
  • Daniel Sedin appeared in his 1000th NHL game (Nov. 23/14) and collected his 900th career point (Nov. 21/15) vs CHI
  • Henrik Sedin has 53 points (14-39-53) in 54 career games versus CHI.
  • Alex Burrows’ career-high for assists in a game (3) occurred on Jan. 23/10 vs CHI; his last powerplay goal occurred on Nov. 21/15 vs CHI
  • Alex Edler’s career-high for points in a game (4) occurred on Feb. 7/09 vs CHI. He has 17 points (3-14-17) in 31 career games versus Chicago.
  • Loui Eriksson (Nov. 29/06) and Bo Horvat (Nov. 23/14) recorded their first career assists vs CHI.
  • Loui Eriksson has 21 points (11-10-21) in 32 career games versus Chicago.
  • Bo Horvat has 7 points (2-5-7) in 7 career games versus the Blackhawks.
  • Ryan Miller has a 4-5-0 record in 9 career games vs CHI, posting a .920 save percentage and 2.53 GAA.
  • Jacob Markstrom has a 0-0-3 record in 3 games played vs CHI, posting a .910 save percentage and 2.63 GAA.

Blackhawks In Brief:

Chicago in their last game, defeated the Boston Bruins on Friday night at TD Garden, 1-0.

Marian Hossa netted his 17th goal of the season and was his fifth game-winning goal this season. Vinnie Hinostroza collected an assist on Hossa’s goal and now has points (2G, 1A) in back-to-back contests and 13 total points
(6G, 7A) this season. Tanner Kero recorded an assist as well, and all six of Kero’s points (3G, 3A) this season have come over his last six contests.

Scott Darling stopped all 30 shots to earn his second shutout of the season and the team’s fourth.

Blackhawks have 63 points and are in 2nd place in the Central division, 2 points behind 1st place Minnesota; 12 points ahead of 3rd place St. Louis and Nashville, both with 51 points.

Chicago has the 6th best goaltending in the NHL, with Corey Crawford, and Scott Darling, with a 2.45 GAA, and .921 SV%.

Crawford is 17-10-3, with a 2.54 GAA, and a .919 SV%. Darling is 12-4-2, with a 2.21 GAA, and a .928 SV%.

Chicago leading scorers:

  • Patrick Kane (14-33=47 pts)
  • Artemi Panarin (17-26=43 pts)
  • Artem Anisimov (18-15=33 pts)
  • Duncan Keith (2-29=31 pts)
  • Marian Hossa (17-12=29 pts)

Blackhawks injured:

  • Marcus Kruger

Total Man Games Lost: 120

Points streaks: 

  • TANNER KERO (2-2=4 pts / 2 Games)
  • MARIAN HOSSA (1-3=4 pts / 2 Games)
  • VINNIE HINOSTROZA (2-1=3 pts / 2 Games)

Blackhawks special teams are:

  • 26 for 144: 18.1 percent on the power play overall (16th in the NHL); and 30 for 123: 75.6 percent on the penalty kill overall (28th in the NHL).

Blackhawks have surrendered 119  goals (8th best in NHL), and have scored 131 goals (11th in NHL).

Blackhawks Notables:

  • 400 AND COUNTING: Tonight marks the 400th consecutive Blackhawks game sold out at the United Center (338 regular season and 62 postseason) … The sellout streak began on March 30, 2008 and since then the Blackhawks have compiled a 263-96-40 record on home ice during the regular season and postseason … Chicago’s run of capacity crowds ranks third in the NHL among active streaks, behind Edmonton (448) and Pittsburgh (453) … The Colorado Avalanche set the longest stretch in NHL history from 1995-2006 by selling out 487 consecutive games.
  • MARI-WIN HOSSA: Late in the third period on Friday, Marian Hossa notched the game’s only goal to give the Blackhawks the victory… It marked his 17th goal of the season and 516th of his career … Friday’s tally was his fifth game-winning goal of the season and his 83 career game-winning strikes now rank 24th in NHL history … Of Hossa’s 17 tallies this season, 10 have come in the third period or later … The Blackhawks carry a 14-0-1 record this season when Hossa lights the lamp.
  • LAST LINE OF DEFENSE: Niklas Hjalmarsson paces the club and ranks fourth in the NHL with 114 blocked shots this season … His
    career high came during the 2010-11 campaign when he logged 166 blocks, finishing 13th in the league … He is third in franchise history with 1,114 career blocks, trailing only teammates Duncan Keith (1331) and Brent Seabrook (1508) … On Jan. 8, the Sweden native set a new career high with his fifth goal of the year
  • MEANINGFUL MILESTONES: Marian Hossa dished out three assists on Tuesday to become the 32nd player in NHL history to record 500 goals and 600 assists … Hossa is currently sixth among active players in assists (602) and fourth in points (1117) … Brian Campbell is one point shy of his 500th career … He currently ranks third among active league blueliners with 499 career points … With one more victory, Corey Crawford will become the fourth netminder in franchise history with 200 career wins (Tony Esposito, 418; Glenn Hall, 275; Ed Belfour, 201)

Pregame Stats

Regular Season Game 48, Road Game 22

Records:
Vancouver: 22-19-6 (Road: 5-13-3)
Chicago: 29-14-5 (Home: 17-5-4)

Team      SF      SA        PP           PK       PIM    HITS     GF   GA
Van        1299 1443   19-144     26-128  406      865      110   129
Chic      1400  1492    26-144    30-123  296      728      131   119

Team       CF                CA                SCF           SCA       CF60%  CA60%   CF%
Van   2369(1863)  2519(1985) 1258(956) 1404(1060)  49.9       53.2       48.4
Chic 2668(2146)  2644(2117)  1284(1017) 1315(1041)  54.5       53.7       50.3

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-#21Ericksson
#60Granlund-#20Sutter-#46Megna
#47Baertschi-#53Horvat-#14Burrows
#50Gaunce-#45Chaput-#9Skille

#23Edler-#51Stecher
#5Sbisa-#8Tanev
#88Tryamkin-#55Biega

#30Miller
#25Markstrom

Scratched: #24 Reid Boucher, #63 Philip Larsen#67 Jordan Subban

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Game Day Preview: Vancouver Canucks Look To Start Win Streak On Road Against Nashville

Goalie Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks goes down to block a shot by Miikka Salomaki #20 of the Nashville Predators during the third period at Bridgestone Arena on March 24, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (March 24, 2016 - Source: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images North America)
Goalie Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks goes down to block a shot by Miikka Salomaki #20 of the Nashville Predators during the third period at Bridgestone Arena on March 24, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Source: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images North America)

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andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

Jan 10, 2017

Game Time: 5:00 PM PST
Location: Bridgestone Arena
TV: Sportsnet Pacific
Radio: TSN 1040

Vancouver (20-18-3=43 pts) play the second game of a three game road trip against Western conference rivals, Nashville Predators (17-16-7=41 pts), at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Canucks have won six of their last seven games, and are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games.

Ryan Miller will start in net for the Canucks. He is 12-10-1, with a 2.63 GAA, and a .915 Sv%.

Miller is 5-0-0 and has allowed seven goals in his past five starts with a 1.38 GAA, .955 SV% and 1 shutout.. He is one win from tying Evgeni Nabokov (353 wins) for 20th on the NHL’s all-time list.

Chris Tanev will be in the lineup against the Predators. Tanev left the first period of a 3-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday with an upper-body injury.

Bo Horvat was selected today for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star game at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Since Dec 28th, Vancouver has the 2ndbest record in the NHL at 6-1-0, a point behind the Washington Capitals, including the NHL best faceoff winning percentage, 55.9 percent, in that span; and the NHL’s 2nd best goals against average, 1.71 GAA.

Vancouver is in 6th place in the Pacific division, with 43 points, a point behind Los Angeles, 3 points behind Calgary; 13 points ahead of 7th, and last place, Arizona.

Vancouver’s road record is their achilles heal right now, besides their inability to score goals, they are tied for the worst road record, with the St. Louis Blues, at 11 points, with a 5-13-1 record.

The Canucks are 2-6-0 on the road since Dec 1. During that span, they have averaged 2.37 goals for, and 3.50 goals against; with a power play at 8.3 percent (2 for 24) and a penalty kill at 75 percent (6 for 24). Their faceoff win percentage is 4th best though, at 52.7 percent.

The Predators are 4-4-3 in their last 11 games, and sport a home record of 10-5-5. However, they are 2-4-4 are home since Dec 1.

Since Dec 1, Nashville has averaged 2.4 goals for, and 3.30 goals against at home; with a power play at 11..1 percent (3 for 27) and a penalty kill at 67.7 percent (10 for 31). Their faceoff win percentage is second worst at 46.8 percent.

In the Canucks last game, Vancouver’s win streak ended in Calgary at six games, with a 3-1 road loss.

Bo Horvat scored the only Vancouver goal, his 13th goal this season, assisted by Alex Edler (6) and Troy Stecher (10) at 3:04 of the second period, to pull Vancouver within a goal of Calgary at 2-1, but that was all the Canucks could get against Flames goalie Chad Johnson.

Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 of 27 shots, and now boosts a record of 8-9-2, with a 2.63 GAA, and .912 Sv% overall.

Horvat, Edler Extend Point Streaks Against Calgary

Bo Horvat extended his points streak to 3-5=8 pts / 7 games, while Alex Edler extended his points streak to 0-2=2 pts / 2 games.

Canucks In Brief:

Record By Five Game Segment:

Game       1-5       6-10     11-15     16-20   21-25   26-30  31-35   36-40
Record    4-0-1     0-5-0     1-4-0      3-1-1      3-2-0     1-4-0    2-2-1     5-0-0
GF Ave      2.6        0.8         2.2          3.4          2.2        3.00      2.60       2.60
GA Ave     2.0        3.4         3.4          3.6          2.6        3.80      3.00        1.40
PP%         13.0       0.0         7.7         23.1        23.1        11.8       13.3         16.7
PK%        86.7       77.8      95.0        75.0        91.7        71.4      64.7         84.6

Game    41-45
Record    1-1-0
GF Ave    2.50
GA Ave    2.50
PP%         16.7
PK%         80.0

Vancouver’s goaltender tandem of Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom are 20th in the NHL, with a 2.81 GAA and a .907 SV%:

  • Jacob Markstrom is 8-9-2, with a 2.60 GAA (18th), and a .913 Sv%       (t-20th)*  * At least 21 GP
  • Ryan Miller is 12-10-1, with a 2.63 GAA (17th), and a .915 Sv% (17th)*

Leading scorers:

  • Bo Horvat (13-16=29 pts)
  • Henrik Sedin (9-17=26 pts)
  • Sven Baertschi (11-12=23)
  • Daniel Sedin (10-13=23 pts)
  • Brandon Sutter (10-10=20 pts)
  • Loui Eriksson (9-10=19 pts)

Canucks injured:

  • Derek Dorsett; 24 games missed
  • Philip Larsen; 16 games missed
  • Erik Gudbranson; 12 games missed
  • Jannik Hansen; 8 games missed
  • Chris Tanev; 1 game missed
  • Ben Hutton; 1 game missed

Total Man Games Lost: 183

Points streaks:

  • BO HORVAT (3-5=8 pts / 7 Games)
  • ALEX EDLER (0-2=2 pts / 2 games)

Vancouver Special Teams:

  • 18 for 128: 14.1 percent on the power play overall (27th in the NHL)
  • 23 for 117: 80.3 percent on the penalty kill overall (20th in NHL)

Canucks have allowed 120 goals against (21st in NHL), and have scored 101 goals for (t-22nd in NHL).

Canucks Notables:

  • Through 42 games, Bo Horvat currently leads the team in goals (13) and points (29) and is second in assists (16). He is also on a 7-game point streak (3-5-8), his longest personal streak this season (the previous high was 5 games). During the 2016 calendar year, Horvat registered 55 points in 82 games.
  • Through 42 games, Sven Baertschi has registered 11 goals, 12 assists and 23 points. He has reached the 11 goal mark 15 games faster than last season (11th goal in the 55th game) and 23 points 24 games quicker than in the 2015.16 season (23rd point in the 64th game).

Predators In Brief:

Nashville in their last game, the Predators and Blackhawks played on Sunday, the fourth contest of their five-game season series. Chicago had won two of the first three games.

Ryan Hartman scored three goals in the third period for his first career NHL hat trick to help the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-2 win against the Nashville Predators at United Center on Sunday.

Hartman broke a 2-2 tie with 8:11 left and scored two empty-net goals for the Blackhawks.

Austin Watson, Mattias Ekholm scored and Mike Fisher had two assists for Nashville, which got 26 saves from Pekka Rinne.

Predators have 41 points and are tied for 4th place in the Central division with Winnipeg, 1 point ahead of Dallas; 6 points behind St. Louis.

Nashville have the 16th best goaltending in the NHL, with Pekka Rinne, Juuse Saros, and Marek Mazanec, and a 2.63 GAA, and .911 SV%.

Rinne is 14-11-6, with a 2.47 GAA, and a .918 SV%. Saros is 3-3-1, with a 1.29 GAA, and a .955 SV%. Mazanec is 0-2-0, with a 4.72 GAA, and a .839 SV%.

Nashville leading scorers:

  • Ryan Johansen (7-22=29 pts)
  • Viktor Arvidsson (10-15=25 pts)
  • Filip Forsberg (9-16=25 pts)
  • Mike Fisher (11-13=24 pts)
  • Mike Ribeiro (4-18=22 pts)

Predators injured:

  • Colin Wilson, lower-body, has missed one game
  • Viktor Arvidsson, upper-body, has missed two games
  • James Neal, upper-body, has missed three games
  • P.K. Subban, upper-body, has missed 11 games
  • Miikka Salomaki, lower-body, has missed 18 games

Total Man Games Lost: 120

Points streaks: none

Nashville Special Teams:

  • 26 for 136: 19.1 percent on the power play overall (t-13th in the NHL)
  • 22 for 124: 82.3` percent on the penalty kill overall (t-13th in the NHL).

Predators have surrendered 107 goals (13th best in NHL), and have scored 111 goals for (t-15th in NHL).

Pregame Stats

Regular Season Game 43, Road Game 20

Records:
Vancouver: 20-19-3 (Road: 5-13-1)
Nashville: 17-16-7 (Home: 10-5-5)

Team      SF      SA        PP           PK       PIM    HITS     GF   GA
Van        1151   1326   18-128     23-117  382      742      101   120
Nash      1254  1173    26-136    22-124  384      823      111   107

Team       CF                CA                SCF           SCA       CF60%  CA60%   CF%
Van   2098(1654)  2256(1778) 1128(859) 1261(954)  49.8       53.5       48.2
Nash 2380(1859)  2228(1737)  1122(855) 1041(778)  58.5       54.7       51.7

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-#21Ericksson
#47Baertschi-#53Horvat-#14Burrows
#60Granlund-#20Sutter-#46Megna
#50Gaunce-#45Chaput-#9Skille

#23Edler-#51Stecher
#5Sbisa-#8Tanev
#55Biega-#88Tryamkin

#30Miller
#25Markstrom

Scratched: #17 Anton Rodin, #24 Reid Boucher, #29 Andrey Pedan