2017-18 Schedule

The club will begin the season at home against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, October 7th:

This marks the 3rd time in Canucks history the team has started the regular season versus the Oilers and first since the 1992.93 season. This will also mark the fifth time the team has hosted the Oilers in their home opener and the third time in the last five seasons.

SCHEDULE TIDBITS

  • The Canucks will have ten back-to-back games this season, with eight series taking place on the road. This is the fewest number of back-to-back series the Canucks have had since playing in seven during the 2012.13 season.
  • The longest home stand of the season is five games and occurs on four separate occasions (Oct. 26 – Nov. 6; Jan. 23 – Feb. 3; Feb. 28 – Mar. 9; Mar. 27 – Apr. 5).
  • The longest road trip is seven games which takes place from January 6th to January 21st.
  • Every game will be broadcast live on Sportsnet 650, Vancouver’s new all-sports radio station.

NOTEWORTHY HOME GAMES OF 2017-18

  • A rare four-game home stand versus four different Canadian clubs between October 7th and 14th (Edmonton, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Calgary).
  • The defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins visit during a five-game home stand on November 4th.
  • The NHL’s newest team, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, play their first regular season game at Rogers Arena later in the month on November 16th.
  •  December is highlighted by visits from Toronto on the 2nd and Montreal on the 19th.

THE BUSIEST DAY FOR THE CANUCKS IN 2017-18

  • The busiest day for the Canucks this season will be Tuesday with 18 games
  • Thursday with 16 and Saturday with 16
  • Saturday is the busiest day at home with 11 games while Sunday features a high of nine road games

THE CANUCKS BUSIEST MONTHS IN 2017-18

  • November and March with 15 games each
  • Busiest home month is December with 10 games
  • Busiest road month is November with the Canucks playing 10 games
  • By month Vancouver plays:
    • 11 games in October (6 at home; 5 on road)
    • 15 games in November (5 at home; 10 on road)
    • 13 games in December (10 at home; 3 on road)
    • 11 games in January (6 at home; 7 on road)
    • 14 games in February (6 at home; 8 on road)
    • 15 games in March (8 at home; 7 on road)
    • 3 games in April (2 at home; 1 on road).
  • Against Pacific Division opponents by month, Canucks have:
    • 2 games in October (Oilers and Flames)
    • 5 games in November (Flames, Ducks, Sharks, Kings and Golden Nights)
    • 5 games in December (Flames and Sharks with 2 games each; Kings)
    • 3 games in January (Ducks, Oilers and Kings)
    • 3 games in February (Sharks, Golden Nights and Coyotes)
    • 8 games in March (Coyotes and Ducks with 2 games each; Sharks, Oilers, Kings, Golden Nights)
    • 3 games in April (Coyotes, Golden Nights and Oilers)

PRE-SEASON ACTION

Canucks will play 8 games for their 2017-18 pre-season, beginning on September 16 and ending on September 30, with two games in China.

The Canucks will open their pre-season on the road against Los Angeles on Sept. 16 before hosting the Vegas Golden Knights for their first game as a franchise, finishing up against Edmonton at home on Sept. 30.

They will play four games at home against:

  • Vegas (September 17th)
  • Calgary (September 28th)
  • Edmonton (September 30th)

They will play two games in China:

  • Vs Los Angeles in Shanghai (September 21st)
  • Vs Los Angeles in Beijing (September 23rd)

The Canucks play three games on the road in:

  • Los Angeles (September 16th)
  • Calgary (September 20th)
  • Edmonton (September 22nd).

Source: http://canucks.nhl.com/

 

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Canucks Add To Future With 2017 NHL Draft Selections

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

June 24, 2017

The Vancouver Canucks completed the 2017 NHL draft on a positive note, continuing to put pieces in place for the future as they look forward to once again at competing in the post season.

The Canucks added 8 players to the organization: Elias Pettersson, Kole Lind, Jonah Gadjovich, Michael DiPietro, Jack Rathbone, Kristoffer Gunnarsson, Petrus Palmo, and Matt Brassard.

ELIAS PETTERSSON

With their first selection on Friday night, Vancouver picked centre Elias Pettersson from Timra in Sweden’s second division, collecting 41 points (19-22-41) in 43 games, fifth overall pick.

According to eliteprospects.com, he is

A crafty and agile two-way forward. Pettersson is consistently productive in all three zones. As he gets stronger, he’ll become even more physical and aggressive than he is now, and his creativity could definitely elevate his game to dominant levels. He can be described as a tenacious, jack-of-all-trades kind of player; he is well versed in all the important aspects of his own game. His speed and top-end acceleration continue to improve game by game, and his hard-nosedness shows through in his dogged pursuit of puck control. Elias Pettersson is a complete hockey player with exceptional hockey sense who brings intellect and youthful exuberance to a game that feeds on his kind of exciting athleticism. [EP 2017]

RANKINGS

Ranked #5 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #20 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #8 by Future Considerations
Ranked #11 by McKeen’s Hockey
Ranked #2 by NHL Central Scouting (EU Skaters)
Ranked #7 by TSN/McKenzie

KOLE LIND

Next, Kelowna Rockets left winger Kole Lind of the Western Hockey League was selected by Vancouver with their second pick, 33rd oveerall.

According to Chris Wescott, EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer,

His business-like game on the ice has earned Kole Lind the nod as NHL Central Scouting’s 23rd-ranked North American Skater.

An up-and-down winger, Lind doesn’t have the same “flash” as other prospects, per The Hockey News but there is skill there as well.

Lind is coming off a career year in the WHL, scoring 30 goals and totaling 87 points in 70 games. In the playoffs, Lind recorded six goals and six assists in 17 games.

“He’s one of those guys you look at the scoresheet and he had a little more of an impact on the game than you thought he did,” a scout said, per The Hockey News.

Lind’s impact on the ice can come in a number of ways. International Scouting Services calls the athlete’s vision and skill-set “high-end” and calls him one of the best pure passers in the 2017 draft class.

According to NHL Scouting,

VERY GOOD OFFENSIVE PLAYER WITH GAME-BREAKING ABILITY – STRONG SKATER WITH AN EXTRA GEAR TO QUICKLY PULL AWAY ON THE PLAY – NHL SHOT WITH A QUICK RELEASE – POWER-PLAY SPECIALIST – PRECISE PASSER WITH EXCELLENT VISION AND TIMING TO GENERATE SCORING CHANCES. http://www.nhl.com

Lind was well thought of as the following rankings indicate:

RANKINGS (http://www.eliteprospects.com):

Ranked #25 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #24 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #38 by Future Considerations
Ranked #34 by McKeen’s Hockey
Ranked #23 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
Ranked #39 by TSN/McKenzie

JONAH GADJOVICH

Third of seven picks by Vancouver, by way of the Columbus Blue Jackets, 55th overall, Jonah Gadjovich, from the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League.

Ben Kerr, of http://lastwordonsports.com, in his scouting report on Gadjovich, wrote:

A late 1998 birthday, Jonah Gadjovich had a real breakout in his third year in the OHL. He went from 14 goals and 24 points in 2015-16 to 46 goals and 74 points this year, despite playing in six fewer games. His breakout year, we part of the reason that the Attack ended up being one of the best teams in the OHL, and going to the Western Conference finals. Gadjovich finished the playoffs with four goals and three assists in 17 games.

His 46 goals was the most amongst draft eligible OHL players. After a slow start, Gadjovich had 39 goals in the last 40 games of the season, and the Attack were the hottest team in the league over that stretch. The connection between Nick Suzuki and Gadjovich was impressive. 

Eliteprospects commented:

A feisty two-way winger that uses his size and speed to open up space for himself and teammates. Understands both sides of the puck well, and skates hard up and down the ice. Positionally sound and reads plays well. While not always the fastest player on the ice, his skating ability is noteworthy and he can catch the opposition off-guard on the rush. Not afraid to get into the mix, and will get under the skin of opponents. Definitely a team-first player that will find a way to make an impact for his line with each shift. (Curtis Joe, EP 2017)

RANKINGS

Ranked #41 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #62 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #90 by Future Considerations
Ranked #80 by McKeen’s Hockey
Ranked #39 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
Ranked #46 by TSN/McKenzie

MICHAEL DIPIETRO

Goaltender Michael DiPietro of the 2017 Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, became the fourth pick for the Canucks, 64th overall.

The pick continued the Canucks draft history of drafting good young goalies with the potential of becoming strong NHL caliber goaltenders.

He was ranked 4th best prospect among North American goaltenders, and was named the Memorial Cup Most Outstanding goaltender and first team All-Star, in backstopping the Spitfires to their Memorial Cup victory.

Tom Dorsa, of https://blackoutdallas.com, recently wrote of the Canucks pick:

DiPietro’s main attribute for success is his intensity and athleticism. At 6’0″, DiPietro is comparatively undersized as an NHL-caliber goaltender, but his quickness with his feet and his relentless positioning skills put him amongst the most interesting Draft choices.

DiPietro has often exemplified the ability to steal games, which is remarkably valuable in today’s NHL. The elite goaltenders in pro hockey are sometimes the best all-around players on the ice, and DiPietro has that ceiling.

DiPietro’s biggest quality is his lateral movement; the 18-year-old moves side to side with the best of them and makes crucial saves on cross-ice passes due to such a trait. His athleticism allows him to get a good push off the ice or the posts and make the stop on the other end of the crease.

Dipietro was ranked fairly high and Vancouver is undoubtedly hoping they got one of the steals of the 2017 draft:

RANKINGS

Ranked #37 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #28 by Future Considerations
Ranked #53 by McKeen’s Hockey
Ranked #4 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Goalies)
Ranked #41 by TSN/McKenzie

Source: http://www.eliteprospects.com

JACK RATHBONE

Jack Rathbone, of Dexter High School in Michigan, an 18 year old defenseman, was Vancouver’s 5th pick, 95th overall.

http://thehockeywriters.com wrote of Rathbone:

Known for his swift skating style, Rathbone makes up for a lack of size with speed and defensive grit. He passes with precision and consistently pushes teammates in transition. Rathbone utilizes his mobility to elude fore-checkers and create offensive chances for himself and teammates. His patience for allowing plays to develop underscores his advanced hockey IQ.

“Undersized defender with good vision, high-end skating ability and grit. Very elusive and uses his shiftiness to move pucks out of his zone and to the attack, which he will hop in on. His low center of gravity give him the ability to cannonball opponents and knock them off the puck.” – Bill Placzek, www.draftsite.com

Rankings for Rathbone for the 2017 draft:

RANKINGS

Ranked #128 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #80 by Future Considerations
Ranked #105 by McKeen’s Hockey
Ranked #57 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
Ranked #78 by TSN/McKenzie

Source: http://www.eliteprospects.com

Lack of size was not a deterrent to Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton, and Vancouver would love to have Rathbone make their lineup in a few years as Hutton eventually did.

KRISTOFFER GUNNARSSON

Sixth pick, 135th overall, went to Kristoffer Gunnarsson of Sweden, the Canucks second of three defensemen picked in the 2017 draft by Vancouver.

During today’s draft, Vancouver acquired the 135th and 181st pick from Chicago, with the Canucks using the 135th pick to select 20 year old defenseman Kristoffer Gunnarsson from IK Oskarshamn in the Allsvenskan.

Gunnarsson will play with Frolunda HC in the Swedish Elite League next season.

Scouting report from Eliteprospects notes of Gunnarsson,

Gunnarsson is a defenseman who plays a safe, defensive-minded game. Owns decent mobility and skating ability. Likes to hit and punish opponents physically. Doesn’t contribute much offensively.
– Erik K. Piri, EP (2017)

PETRUS PALMU

181st overall, and 7th pick of Vancouver, was 19 year old left winger Petrus Palmu, teammate of 2nd round draft pick Jonah Gadjovich of the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League.

In 2016-17, Palmu had 40 goals and 98 points in 62 games, with 13 goals and 21 points in 17 playoff games.

The scouting report on Palmu from Eliteprospects:

The only thing stopping Palmu from being a sure fire NHL draft pick is his underwhelming size. AT 5’6, 165 pounds, Palmu gets by on speed, smarts, offensive flash and capable defensive play. He was one of Owen Sounds most impressive players this season and has he continues to progress and get stronger, he could be a force in the OHL. (Tyler Parchem, EP 2015)

It remains to be seen if the Canucks faith in Palmu will be rewarded in future with a spot in the Canucks lineup or just a footnote in the history of the organization.

MATT BRASSARD

Last but not least, 7th round pick, 188th overall, and the 8th and final pick of Vancouver in the 2017 draft, was Matt Brassard, defenseman, from the Oshawa Generals.

The 18 year old, right handed defenseman, was ranked 137th by NHL Central Scouting, and had 32 points (12 goals and 20 assists) in 62 games in the Ontario Hockey League split between the Barrie Colts and Oshawa last season.

According to http://ohlprospects.blogspot.ca:

Brassard is a really interesting prospect…He’s got a lot of things going for him. First is size and aggressiveness at 6’2, 200lbs. Second is overall mobility, which is pretty decent. Third is a big point shot. Brassard finished 5th in the OHL among shots by defenseman with 203…Brassard is still pretty raw. He’s still learning as a defensive player, and I’m not sure he’s a natural offensive blueliner (in terms of vision and playmaking ability).

According to Canucks Mobile, Brassard could be the steal of the 2017 NHL draft for Vancouver, offering the following scouting report:

Is not scared to get ‘greasy’; plays a safe two-way game that allows him to get points; a big bodied player; has decent skating and mobility.

Stay tuned for more articles as the summer progresses for the Vancouver Canucks.

 

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

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

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