Maple Leafs Dump Canucks 4-2

CANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    November 15, 2015Canucks

Out Played, Out Coached, Out Scored

 Goaltender James Reimer made 43 saves to win his third straight game, leading the Toronto Maple Leafs (5-8-4) to a 4-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks (7-6-5) at Air Canada Centre.

The game was the Canucks third straight loss at the Air Canada Centre, and the first Saturday game victory for the Maple Leafs this season. They were (0-3-2) entering the game.

The game was the sixth consecutive game the Canucks have trailed in at least some point during the game.

James van Riemsdyk, PA Parenteau, Shawn Matthias and Joffrey Lupul scored for Toronto (5-8-4), which has won three in a row.

Jannik Hansen and Alexandre Burrows scored for the Canucks (7-6-5), who are 1-3-1 with two games remaining on a seven-game road trip. Miller made 36 saves

Captain Henrik Sedin was not happy with the Canucks’ overall performance.

“We made way too many mistakes,” Sedin said. “We were sloppy. We didn’t get anything going. We’re still making way too many mistakes, and we’ve got to stop talking about that we’re a young team. We have to simplify things. Five-on-five we have to get away from those turnovers and easy goals for the opponent.”

Willie Desjardins and the Canucks underestimated the Toronto Maple Leafs. They came into the game with their struggles on special teams unsolved, and unprepared to adjust to a “Babcock” coached hockey team, that clearly out played the Canucks 5-on-5, and on special teams.

The Canucks have no sense of urgency it seems, as they continue to have important points slip away.

While other teams in the Pacific Division continue to climb up the standings, the Canucks are continuing their descent further down in the division without any resistance, as they continually show their inability to solve issues that continue to befell them game in and game out.

Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.56 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their power play chances (42 of 53) overall. On the road, it is 76.7 percent (23 of 30).

The Canucks finished tonight’s game having surrendered a power play goal in six straight games. They have not given up power play goals in six consecutive games since the start of the 2009.10 season when they allowed PPGs in their first six games from October 1 to 16.

Coincidentally, the 2009.10 season was the last time the Canucks’ penalty kill did not finish in the top-10 of the NHL. For the past five seasons, Vancouver’s penalty kill has been ranked among the ten best in the league including last season when it finished second overall at 85.7 percent behind only Minnesota (86.percent).

The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.83 goals per game and are scoring on 15.8 percent of their power plays. Vancouver has outscored the opposition in those 5 games, 11-8 at even strength, but have been outscored 9-2 on special teams.

To the point, the power play and penalty kill have looked in need of a defibrillator.


  • Vancouver has lost 6 of their last 9 games.
  • Canucks penalty killing in their last 3-games is 6-11, allowing 5-power play goals.
  • Canucks power play is 2-4 in their last two games, after ending their 0-18 slump in Ottawa.
  • Jannik Hansen leads the Canucks in +/- with a +10 while Radim Vrbata is the team worst with a -9.
  • Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Jannik Hansen and rookie Jared McCann lead Vancouver with 5 goals each.
  • Rookies Jared McCann and Ben Hutton each have 29 shots on goal.
  • Daniel Sedin leads Vancouver with 11 assists, followed by Henrik Sedin and Ben Hutton with 8 assists each.
  • Ryan Miller has allowed 40 goals on 452 shots faced and Jacob Markstrom has given up 3 goals on 45 shots.
  • Miller has given up 14 goals in his last 4 games.
  • The Canucks are 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 in their last 6 overall.
  • The Canucks leave Toronto 5-3 in the last 8 meetings and 12-3 in the last 15 meetings overall.
  • Canucks are 6-5-1 in Toronto in this 21rst century going into the game tonight, and 27-32-11 overall in Toronto.
  • Vancouver is 2-for-22 with the man advantage over its last 7 games and has allowed 8 power-play goals in the past 6 games
  • Ten of Vancouver’s 11-losses have come by one goal – five in overtime and one in a shootout; tonight’s game was the first loss this season by 2-goals.




Statistics courtesy of the NHL, and the Vancouver Canucks, with thanks.

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