CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff November 10, 2015
Vancouver And Columbus Look To End Losing Streaks
The Canucks are currently in the midst of a 3-game losing streak, as they enter their 3rd-game of a 7-game road trip. They take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight, who are currently last in the Metropolitan Division and winless at home.
The Canucks hope to take advantage of the Blue Jackets misfortune and pick up their first win on the road trip after losses to Buffalo 3-2 and New Jersey 4-3.
The Blue Jackets are back at home after a 3-game road trip, where they won two games, losing one. In their last 8-games, Columbus has played 7-road games, picking up 4-wins.
Columbus pointless at Nation Wide Arena in 5-games played, hope to change that tonight against the Vancouver Canucks.
Vancouver recalled goaltender Jacob Markstrom from his conditioning assignment with Utica of the American Hockey League and reassigned goaltender Richard Bachman. Markstrom likely will start tonight.
Markstrom, 25, was recovering from a hamstring injury after playing in four preseason games for the Canucks; he was 1-0-1 with a .909 save percentage and 2.40 GA with Utica.
- Vancouver is 0-13 on the power play in their last 4-games after starting the season 7-35. The Canucks were 0-6 on the power play including a 5-minute power play opportunity against New Jersey.
- The Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 Tuesday games.
- The Canucks are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Columbus and 14-4 in the last 18 meetings overall.
- Jared McCann leads Vancouver with five goals, Daniel Sedin has seven assists and Brandon Sutter has 34 shots on goal.
- Rookie defenseman Ben Hutton has 7-assists, tied for 2nd among all NHL rookies.
- Chris Higgins enters the game with goals in last two games.
- Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their power play chances.
- Ryan Miller has given up 10 goals in his last three games.
The Canucks are in 2nd place with 17 points, a single point behind Los Angeles in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference, who are in top spot with 18-points; 3-points ahead of Arizona, who are alone in 3rd place. San Jose is currently is in 4rth place with 14-points, 1-point ahead of Anaheim in 5th place with 13-points. Calgary and Edmonton have 11 and 10-points respectively.
Arizona, San Jose, and Los Angeles both have a game in-hand on Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Anaheim.
Vancouver is among the top 8-teams in the Western Conference, and are tied for the 4rth best team in the conference with their 17-points. The Dallas Stars are at the top of the conference with 24-points, currently sporting an 12-3 record in their 15-games, 4-points ahead of the St. Louis Blues.
Canucks are among the top 15-teams in the NHL, and are tied for the 7th best team in the league with their 17-points. The Montreal Canadians are the top team with 27-points, with a record of 13-2-1, all wins in regulation play. Dallas Stars are inching their way closer with 24-points to the top spot in 2nd place.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are currently in last place in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference with 8-points, 10-points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the last playoff position in the division.
The New York Rangers are currently in top spot with 22-points; followed by Washington in 2nd spot with 20-points; Pittsburgh in 3rd with 18-points. New Jersey and the New York Islanders are tied for 4rth position with 17-points each. Philadelphia and Carolina round out the rest of the division with 13 and 12-points respectively.
The Rangers, Penguins, Devils, Flyers, and Panthers, all have 1-game in-hand on the Islanders and Blue Jackets. Washington have 1-game in hand on the Rangers, Penguins, Devils, Flyers and Panthers; 2-games in-hand on the Islanders and Blue Jackets.
Daniel Sedin leads the Canucks in scoring with 11-points, followed by brother Henrik with 9-points and Alex Burrows with 8-points. Brandon Sutter, rookies Ben Hutton and Jared McCann are next with 7-points each. Radim Vrbata, Alex Edler, Jannik Hansen and Sven Baertschi closely follow with 6-points. Brandon Prust and Bo Horvat are on their skate blades with 5-points each.
Rookie Jared McCann leads the Canucks as the top sniper with 5-goals in 13-games played. Daniel Sedin and rookie Ben Hutton are tied for most assists on the team with 7-assists each.
For Columbus, Scott Hartnell and Brandon Dubinsky lead the Blue Jackets with 11-points each; followed by Cam Atkinson, Ryan Johansen, Boone Jenner and Brandon Saad with 8-points each.
Hartnell leads the Blue Jackets with 7-goals. Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Johansen and David Savard are all tied with most assists on the team with 7-assists each.