CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff November 8, 2015
Last Minute Goal Spoils Miller’s Return To Buffalo As Canucks Lose 3-2
The Vancouver Canucks began a tough 7-game road trip after a disappointing 3-2 home loss to Pittsburgh at home, only to lose to the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Saturday afternoon in the final minute of regulation play; the first time this season the Canucks have lost back-to-back games in regulation.
The Canucks are now 1-5 in their last 6-meetings in Buffalo and in their last 18-home games against the Canucks, the Sabres are 14-3-1.
Henrik Sedin with his 3rd goal and Chris Higgins with his 1rst goal of the season scored for the Canucks while Daniel Sedin, with his team leading 7th-assist and rookie Ben Hutton with his 6th-assist also contributed to the score sheet.
Vancouver allowed their first shorthanded goal on the road for the first time this season against Buffalo.
Interesting note: Hutton has 6-assists in 14-games as a rookie. The rookie assists record for a Canucks defenseman is 42-assists set by Dale Tallon in 1970-71.
The 6-4-4 Canucks are in New Jersey to take on ex-Canucks goalie Corey Schneider and the Devils. There is a possibility that the backup goalies for both teams may be in net for each team, as both Richard Bachman for the Canucks and Keith Kincaid for the Devils need playing time.
The Canucks are currently in 2nd-place with 16-point with Los Angeles at the top of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference, with 18-points. San Jose, are alone in 3rd-place with 14-points. Vancouver, San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Edmonton all have a game in-hand on Calgary. Arizona has a game in-hand on Vancouver, San Jose, Los Angeles, Edmonton and Anaheim; two games in-hand on Calgary.
Vancouver is among the top 7-teams in the Western Conference, and have 5th most points in the conference with 16-points. The Dallas Stars are at the top of the conference with 22-points, with St. Louis nipping at their skate blades with 21-points, both teams currently sporting 2-game winning streaks.
Canucks are among the top 14-teams in the NHL, and are tied for the 7th best team in the league with their 16-points. The Montreal Canadians are the top team with 27-points, on 13-wins, 2-losses, and 1-OT; all wins in regulation play. The Dallas Stars and New York Rangers are near with 22-points each.
New Jersey is in 5th-place with 15-points, 7-points behind the New York Rangers who lead the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference, with 22-points. Washington and the Pittsburgh Penguins closely follow with 20 and 18-points respectively. The New York Islanders currently occupy 4rth place with 15-points. The Flyers, Panthers, Islanders, Penguins, and Rangers, all have a game in-hand on the Blue Jackets; Washington and New Jersey have two games in-hand on Blue Jackets.
Daniel Sedin leads the Canucks in scoring with 11-points including a team high 7-assists, followed by Henrik Sedin with 9-points; Alex Burrows with 8-points; Brandon Sutter with 7-points. Radim Vrbata, Jannik Hansen, rookies Ben Hutton and Jared McCann, are next with 6-points each. Brandon Prust, and Alex Edler have 5-points each.
Rookie Jared McCann leads the Canucks as the top sniper with 5-goals in 12-games played.
For the Devils, Mike Cammalleri leads Philadelphia with 12-points and a team high 8-assists; followed by Lee Stempniak, Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri with 10-points each. Adam Henrique has 9-points.
Zajac and Henrique are the top goal scorers for New Jersey with 6-goals each.