CANUCKS BANTER: Each Canuck Asked To Get Two Per Cent Better Leaving For Minnesota

CANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    November 24, 2015

The Canuck players and coaches met together today, before taking off for the first game of their 4 game road trip that begins Wednesday in Minnesota, and then they met with the media.

Coach Willie Desjardins disclosed to the media that he asked each player to get two per cent better.

“If every guy gets two per cent better, we win those games, It’s not a big jump but it’s a little jump for each guy.” Desjardins said.

Vancouver will not have an easy time of it against Minnesota for their initial game of the road trip and here is why:

  • The Canucks (8-8-6) start the 4- game road trip having lost 5 of their past 6 games.
  • The Canucks went 1-4-2 on a recent 7-game road trip that ended on Nov. 18, but are still above .500 (5-4-3) away from Rogers Arena this season.
  • Vancouver has allowed at least 3 goals against in 10 straight games
  • After winning 22 of 31 one-goal games last season, the Canucks have won just 2 of 14 this season, representing the worst winning percentage.
  • Vancouver’s 5-on-5 goals-for/goals-against numbers rank 13th and 13th in the NHL respectively according to Hockey Analysis.
  • Vancouver is tied for 5th  in the NHL  in goals scored with the man advantage, but their five-on-five Corsi For % of 48.6 is good for only 20th.
  • Vancouver will be without defenseman Ben Hutton (lower body) and forward Brandon Sutter (abdominal), who remain out for the road trip. Hutton  and Sutter are to be at least a week away from returning, according to coach Willie Desjardins.
  • Minnesota (11-5-3) is 8-1-0 at home and has outscored opponents 10-3 in three straight victories there since losing to Nashville on Nov. 5.
  • Devan Dubnyk recorded his 3rd shutout on November 21 against Nashville, 4-0.
  • Dubnyk’s shutouts have all come at home, where he has a 1.90 goals-against average compared to 3.09 on the road.
  • Minnesota is 9-1-0 when scoring first.
  • The Canucks (8-8-6) lost for the fifth time in six games Sunday, falling 3-2 to New Jersey
  • Against the Devils, Vancouver were 1 for 8 on power plays after scoring on 8 of 21 chances in the previous five games.
  • The Canucks have been abysmal on the penalty kill, giving up 11 goals on opponents’ 36 chances in the past 10 games after previously limiting teams to 3 for 32.
  • Minnesota is 17 for 50 on the power play (34.0 percent) against Vancouver, with the Canucks losing 9 of the last 13 in Minnesota.

“Our record right now is what we deserve,” Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller told the Canucks website on Tuesday. “We have to find a way to win games. We can be better and we have to be better.”

  • The Canucks’ scoring chance differential during the month of November in 11 games, War-On-Ice figures indicate, is 45.9 per cent. Only three NHL teams have been out-chanced by a wider margin this month: Ottawa, 43.6 per cent; Florida, 42.9 per cent; and the New York Rangers, 39.8 per cent.
  • In these 11 games, War-On-Ice figures indicate Vancouver has given up 225 even-strength scoring chances. Only five NHL teams have been out-chanced at even-strength by a wider margin this month: St. Louis, 230; Boston, 234; Philadelphia, 238; Dallas, 238; Toronto, 292.

“It’s like playoff hockey for us, and we need to recognize that. Our urgency level has to be higher. I think the guys know that, so I would expect us to be battling.  Saying that, I do believe in the character of this group, and I don’t believe there are many nights that they haven’t given everything they have.” Desjardins continued.

Road game one of four, tomorrow against Minnesota, don’t miss it.

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