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…

 

 

Vancouver Takes Over Second Playoff Wild Card Spot In Western Conference With 3-2 Win Over Colorado

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 25: Nikita Tryamkin #88 of the Vancouver Canucks checks Andreas Martinsen #27 of the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on January 25, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The Canucks defeated the Avalanche 3-2. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – JANUARY 25: Nikita Tryamkin #88 of the Vancouver Canucks checks Andreas Martinsen #27 of the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on January 25, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The Canucks defeated the Avalanche 3-2. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

Jan 25, 2017

Vancouver (23-20-6=52 pts) played the second of a three game road trip tonight against the Colorado Avalanche (13-31-2=28 pts) at Pepsi Center.

The Canucks took on the Avalanche in their third and final meeting this season, looking for their 6th road win, while Colorado was looking for its 6th home win of the season.

Canucks Win 3-2

Vancouver scored the first two goals of the game, then Colorado came back with two unanswered to even the game at 2-2, but the Canucks on the power play, with Sven Baertschi’s second goal of the game, in the final frame, would prove to be the winning goal, as the Canucks squeaked by the home team Avalanche 3-2.

The win gives the Canucks points in 15 of their last 19 games (11-4-4), since Dec 14.

Tonight also marked the start of the Canucks’ 11th of 16 back-to-back series this season. They are now 8-12-1 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 Avalanche leapfrogged Vancouver past Calgary and into sole possession of the second and last wild card playoff spot, behind St. Louis, in the Western conference.

The Canucks entered the game with points in 11 in their last 13 games, with a record since Dec 28th of 8-2-3, tied for 3rd best in the NHL, with an NHL 2nd best 1.92 GAA, and 3rd best FOW% at 53.4 percent.

Game Review

Vancouver led 1-0 after the first period, on a goal by Sven Baertschi, his 12th of the season, assisted by Bo Horvat (18) and Luca Sbisa (10), at 6:55, to make it 1-0.

 

Canucks out shot the Avalanche 20-9; Alex Burrows and Alex Edler had 4 shots each to lead the Canucks in the opening period, and Henrik Sedin was 5 for 7 in faceoffs, for 71 percent.

In the second, Vancouver doubled their lead to 2-0 on a goal by Markus Granlund, his 12th of the season, unassisted at 7:04. The Avalanche would finally get on the scoreboard at 16:28, cutting the Vancouver lead in half at 2-1, on a goal by Mikko Rantanen (7), assisted by Nathan MacKinnon (22) and Nikita Zadorov (9).

 

In the final period, Colorado tied the game at 2-2, with their second unanswered goal, by Matt Nieto (2) at 6:18, assisted by Gabriel Landeskog (8) and Matt Duchene (14).

The Canucks would finally answer back, on the power play, with the second goal of the game by Sven Baertschi, his 13th, assisted by Henrik Sedin (21) and Daniel Sedin (16), at 11:46, to give Vancouver a 3-2 lead, and proved to be the winning goal.

Vancouver hung on for their 6th road victory, a 3-2 win.

Markstrom Earns His 4th Road Win Of Season

Markstrom made his 20th start of the season, 11th on the road, and earned his 4th road victory, stopping 30 of 32 shots.

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Markstrom’s season totals now stand at 9-9-3, with a 2.56 GAA, and a .913 Sv% and no shutouts, in 20 game starts.

On the road he is now, 4-7-1, with a 2.43 GAA, and a .922 Sv%.

Henrik Sedin Extends Points Streak, Bo Horvat Extends Goal Streak 

Henrik Sedin, extended his points streak with an assist against the Avalanche to 6 games (2-4=6 pts / 6 games)

Bo Horvat extended his goal streak to two games with his goal tonight (2-0=2 pts / 2 games).

Vancouver moves into 4th place in the Pacific division with the win, with 52 points, a point ahead 5th place Calgary, 10 points behind 3rd place Edmonton; 2 points ahead of 6th place Los Angeles; and 16 points ahead of 7th, and last place, Arizona.

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

Vancouver complete their road trip at Arizona tomorrow night.

In Brief:

  • Colorado out shot by Vancouver, 41-32
  • Canucks were 1 for 2 on the power play, with 1 shot for
  • Vancouver 2 for 2 on the penalty kill, with 1 shot against, 2 shots for
  • Canucks out hit by Colorado 17-14
  • Vancouver had 8 blocked shots
  • Alex Biega and Troy Stecher had 3 hits each; Alex Edler and Nikita Tryamkin had 2 hits
  • Chris Tanev finished with 2 blocked shots to lead the Canucks
  • Vancouver were 28 for 64 in faceoffs, for 44 percent
    • Brandon Sutter was 10 for 18, 56 percent; Bo Horvat, 7 for 17, 41 percent; Henrik Sedin, 10 for 19, 53 percent; Michael Chaput, 1 for 9, 11 percent
  • Canucks finished with 12 attempted shots blocked, 5 missed shots, led by:
    • Luca Sbisa, 3 attempted shots blocked
    • Loui Eriksson, 3 attempted shots blocked
    • Troy Stecher, 3 attempted shot blocked
    • Markus Granlund, 1 attempted shot blocked, 1 missed shot
    • Alex Burrows, 1 attempted shot blocked
    • Alex Edler, 1 attempted shot blocked
    • Jack Skille, 2 missed shot
    • Nikita Tryamkin, 1 missed shot
    • Brandon Sutter, 1 missed shot
  • Alex Edler and Loui Eriksson led Canucks with 5 shots each; Alex Burrows 4 shots; Jack Skille, Henrik Sedin, Michael Chaput, Sven Baertschi, and Alex Biega had 3 shots
  • Canucks had 2 giveaways
  • Vancouver had 6 takeaways (Bo Horvat with 2)
  • The Canucks have opened the scoring 17 times this season and are 11-4-3 when scoring first. They are 12-16-3 when the opposition scores first.
  • 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.
  • Vancouver is 3rd in the League with 16 wins in 1 goal games.
  • Canucksare now, 2-3-2 in their last 7 road games
  • Vancouver is 7-4-0 in their last 11 games against Colorado (5-1-0 in their last 6 games).
  • CURRENT INJURIES
    • Derek Dorsett; 30 games missed
    • Philip Larsen; 22 games missed
    • Erik Gudbranson; 18 games missed
    • Jannik Hansen; 14 games missed
    • Ben Hutton; 7 games missed
    • Anton Rodin; 3 games missed
  • TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 216

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

They Said It…

 

 

 

 

Vancouver Suffers 14th Road Loss Of Season, 4-2 To Chicago

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 22: Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Christopher Tanev #8 of the Vancouver Canucks wait in position in front of goalie Ryan Miller #30 in the first period at the United Center on January 22, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 22: Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Christopher Tanev #8 of the Vancouver Canucks wait in position in front of goalie Ryan Miller #30 in the first period at the United Center on January 22, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

Jan 22, 2017

Vancouver (22-20-6=48 pts) began a three game road trip tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks (30-14-5=65 pts) at United Center.

The Canucks played the Blackhawks in their second of three meetings this season, looking for their 6th road win of the season, but instead ended up with their 14th road loss of the season by a 4-2 score, as Chicago broke open a 2-2 game with two goals in the final 1:18 to steal a victory over Vancouver.

A win against the Blackhawks would have leapfrogged Vancouver past Calgary and St. Louis and into the first playoff wild card position in the Western conference.

The Canucks entered the game with points in 11 in their last 12 games, with a record since Dec 28th of 8-1-3, 3rd best in the NHL, with a NHL best 1.75 GAA, and 3rd best FOW% at 53.2 percent.

Game Review

In the first, Chicago opened the scoring to make it 1-0 on a goal by Richard Panik (11), assisted by Jonathan Toews (16) and Brian Campbell (9), at 14:27. With 2:30 left in the period, the Blackhawks extended their lead by two goals, at 2-0, by Patrick Kane (15), assisted by Jonathan Toews (17) at 17:30.

Chicago outshot Vancouver 18-9 in the opening period, and carried a wide portion of the play.

In the second, the Canucks did a good job at reducing the Blackhawks shots on net, while outshooting Chicago 8-3. They also drew two penalty’s but were unable to break the goose egg against the Blackhawks, who continued to lead 2-0 after two full periods.

In the third, Canucks continued to carry the play, drawing a penalty, and scoring two goals in 46 seconds, including a power play goal, to reduce the two goal deficit and even the game at 2-2.

A power play goal by Troy Stecher (2), assisted by Henrik Sedin (20) and Brandon Sutter (12) at 5:03, to make it 2-1 Chicago. Then Bo Horvat (14), a goal off his own rebound, at 5:49, unassisted, to make it 2-2.

 

 

With 1:18 left in the game, Jonathan Toews (8) would give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead, and Marian Hossa (18), would add the insurance marker, with an empty net goal, at 19:36, to give Chicago a 4-2 win.

Miller Takes 11th Loss Of Season

Ryan Miller stopped 31 of 34 shots, in the 4-2 loss.

Ryan Miller came into the game red hot since Dec 28th, undefeated in his previous 9 game starts with a 7-0-2 record, 1.52 GAA, .951 Sv%, and 2 shutouts in that span. His save percentage in that span, tops in the NHL; goals against average, 2nd best; and tied for 2nd in most shutouts, since December 28th.

Miller’s season totals now stand at 14-11-3, with a 2.50 GAA, and a .919 Sv% and 2 shutouts, in 28 game starts.

Henrik Sedin, Extends Points Streak Against Chicago

Henrik Sedin, extended his points streak against the Blackhawks to 5 games (2-3=5 pts / 5 games), while Luca Sbisa had his points streak stopped at 2 games (1-1=2 pts / 2 games).

Vancouver continue 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.

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

In Brief:

  • Chicago out shot Vancouver, 35-28
  • Canucks were 1 for 3 on the power play, with 5 shots for, 1 shot against
  • Vancouver 1 for 1 on the penalty kill, with 1 shot against
  • Canucks out hit Chicago 24-12
  • Vancouver had 11 blocked shots
  • Nikita Tryamkin led Vancouver with 6 hits; Michael Chaput, Luca Sbisa, and Alex Burrows had 3 hits each; Jayson Megna, Alex Edler and Brendan Gaunce had 2 hits
  • Alex Burrows, Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin and Luca Sbisa finished with 2 blocked shots each to lead the Canucks
  • Vancouver were 31 for 55 in faceoffs, for 56 percent
    • Brandon Sutter was 18 for 21, 86 percent; Bo Horvat, 6 for 15, 40 percent; Henrik Sedin, 5 for 14, 36 percent
  • Canucks finished with 16 attempted shots blocked, 9 missed shots, led by:
    • Jayson Megna, 5 attempted shots blocked
    • Troy Stecher, 2 attempted shots blocked, 1 missed shot
    • Sven Baertschi, 1 attempted shot blocked, 2 missed shots
    • Bo Horvat, 1 attempted shot blocked, 1 missed shot
    • Alex Biega, 1 attempted shot blocked, 1 missed shot
    • Markus Granlund, 1 attempted shot blocked, 1 missed shot
  • Daniel Sedin and Bo Horvat led Canucks with 5 shots each; Troy Stecher had 3 shots
  • Canucks had 5 giveaways
  • Vancouver had 9 takeaways (Henrik Sedin with 2)
  • The Canucks have opened the scoring 17 times this season and are 10-4-3 when scoring first. They are 12-16-3 when the opposition scores first.
  • 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.
  • Vancouver is t-2nd in the League with 15 wins in 1 goal games.
  • Canucks, are now, 1-3-2 in their last 6 road games
  • Vancouver are now 4-6-1 in their last 11 games against Chicago (1-4-1 in their last 6 games).

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

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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