CANUCKS BANTER: Chicago Visits Vancouver In Key Western Conference Matchup

CANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    November 21, 2015

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The Chicago Blackhawks (11-7-2), in 4rth place in the Central division, come into Vancouver(7-7-6) after a tough game in Calgary on Friday night, a 2-1 overtime loss to the Flames.

Patrick Kane will be trying to extend his 15-game point streak. Crawford will likely start after backup Scott Darling made 35 saves against the Flames. Chicago are 3-6-0 on the road and were winless in the first two games of their “Circus Trip” by the Edmonton Oilers (4-3 overtime win) and Flames but still earning three of four points to start the trip.

“It’s definitely not frustrating to get three out of four points,” Darling told the Blackhawks website. “Maybe we didn’t have our best game [Friday], so we can definitely improve and build off this game … I think we’ll be fine.”

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Vancouver starts a 4-game home stand, playing their first home game in over two weeks after a disastrous 7-game road trip that garnered a 1-4-2 record, and helped them fall into 4rth place in the Pacific Division, after starting the road trip tied for first place with Los Angeles.

The Canucks have lost 4-games in a row (0-3-1), and are in need of some urgency as they are plunging further down in the standings while other teams are overtaking them.

 “These games are a big test coming up for us,” Prust said. “We’re not pressing the panic button, but we definitely have a sense of urgency.”

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Canucks have been injury prone lately, and continue to be faced with a revolving door.

Vancouver will get left wing Brandon Prust (ankle) back from injured reserve after missing 11 games. The Canucks may also get right wing Radim Vrbata back after he missed Vancouver’s 4-1 loss at the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday with a groin injury; Vrbata skated by himself at practice Friday. Defenseman Ben Hutton (lower body), center Brandon Sutter (lower body) and defenseman Luca Sbisa (left hand) are day-to-day but not expected to play, according to the Canucks website.

CANUCKS JOTTINGS

  • Tonight marks the first of three meetings this season between the Canucks and Blackhawks. The Canucks visit the United Center on December 13th while the Blackhawks visit Rogers Arena again on Mar. 27th.
  • The Canucks are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games versus the Blackhawks.
  • Daniel Sedin is one point (334-565-899) from becoming just the second player in Canucks franchise history to reach 900 points (all with
    Vancouver). Henrik Sedin became the first Canuck player to reach 900 points when he notched a pair of goals on Mar. 3/15 vs SJ.
  • Jake Virtanen leads the team and all NHL rookies in hits with 48.
  • Daniel Sedin has 7 points (3-4-7) in his last 5 games. His four point performance on Nov. 10 at CBJ was the first time since Feb.
    18/12 vs TOR that he had four points in a single game. He currently leads the team in points (18), goals (7) and assists (11).
  •  Jared McCann ranks second on the team and t-sixth among rookies in goals (6); he is also the first Canucks player since Dane
    Jackson in 1993 to have at least five consecutive goals to start his career (no assists).
  • McCann currently ranks 9th among rookies in shooting percentage (18.2%) and is t-7th among rookies in shots with 33.
  • Ben Hutton ranks third on the team and t-second among NHL rookies in assists (8). Hutton had a career-high three game point/assist streak from
     Nov. 7-10/15.
  • Hutton also ranks third among rookies in blocked shots with 22 and ninth in rookie shots with 29.
  • Ryan Miller ranks t-first in games played/started (17) and first in TOI (1026:13). He also ranks second among all goalies in shots
    against with 485 (one behind League-leader Roberto Luongo (486)).
  • Alex Edler leads VAN in time on ice (24:45) and has led the team in that category in 18 of 19 games he’s played, including 10 games
    where he’s led all skaters in TOI. He currently ranks 11th in the NHL in TOI/GP. Last season, Edler ranked first on the team in average ice time
     per game (23:58) and led the team in TOI on 59 separate occasions including 26 games where led all skaters in TOI.
  • The Canucks have had six different players make their NHL debut this season (Grenier, Shinkaruk, Virtanen, McCann, Hutton, and Gaunce).
    According to Elias Sports Bureau, this is the most number players to make their NHL debut for the Canucks in a single season since six players
     did so during the 2007.08 season.
  • The last season where six or more players made their NHL debut in a single season for the Canucks was in 1999.00 (eight players).
  • The club record for NHL debuts in a single season is 11 which occurred during the 1973.74 season.
  • The Canucks have had 18 different goal scorers this season, t-third most in the League with Boston; Nashville has had 20 and St. Louis has had 19
    different goal scorers.
  • The Canucks players aged 23 or younger that have appeared in the lineup thus far (Baertschi, Horvat, Hutton, Virtanen, McCann, Gaunce, and Shinkaruk)  have accounted for 20.0% of points (34), goals (22) and assists (22) respectively, for the team this season.
  • The Canucks are t-12th in the League with 2.75 goals for per game; Their 55 goals on the year are sixth most in the NHL.
  • Canucks +/- leaders: Jannick Hansen +8, Chris Tanev +6, Alex Edler +5
  •   VANCOUVER’S 2015.16 RECORD WHEN…
    Score 4+ Goals: 5-0-0
    Score 3 Goals or Less: 2-7-6
    Allow 4+ Goals: 0-3-3
    Allow 3 Goals or Less: 7-4-3
    On 0 Days Rest: 2-0-1
    On 1 Day Rest: 2-4-4
    On 2 Days Rest: 2-2-1
    On 3+ Days Rest: 0-1-1
    Score a PPG: 2-4-4
    Give up a PPG: 2-5-3
    25+ Shots on Goal: 6-6-5
    Less than 25 shots: 1-1-1

SEASON SNAPSHOT

Vancouver is tied with Winnipeg for the 8th most points at 20 points in the Western Conference but would be out of a playoff position if the playoff were to start today.

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Dallas (16-4-0) and Montreal (15-4-2) currently sit atop of the NHL with 32 points, followed by the New York Rangers (14-3-2) with 30 points.

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CANUCKS PLAYER STATS

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CANUCKS TEAM STATS

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BLACKHAWKS PLAYER STATS

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BLACKHAWKS TEAM STATS

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CANUCKS AT A GLANCE

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

 

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