CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff November 25, 2015
Coach Desjardins confirms Jake Virtanen will return to the lineup for Sven Baertschi and that Ryan Miller will start in goal.
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) November 25, 2015
The Canucks face off against the Wild tonight for the first of three times this season. Vancouver is 4-4-2 against Minnesota in the last ten games played, dating back to the 2012-13 season.
Vancouver is pressed to get a win tonight, close will not cut it anymore, as frustrations are building and the chance of making the playoffs is getting slimmer if the Canucks do not turn it around now.
“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.”
“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.”
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.
The Canucks desperately need to find a way to turn their momentum around or they could very well find themselves outside the playoff picture by the time this trip wraps up on Tuesday in Los Angeles. After their less-than-stellar seven-game road trip earlier this month, the Canucks are certainly aware of the importance getting off to a good start although they couldn’t have been handed a tougher opponent to begin with. canucks.nhl.com
Jake Virtanen leads the team and leads NHL rookies in hits with 52.
Daniel Sedin has 8 points (5-3-8) in his last 5 games. He has had two four point performances in the last six games – Nov. 10 at CBJ and Nov. 21 vs CHI. He currently leads the team in points (23) and goals (10) and ranks fifth in League scoring.
Jared McCann ranks tied for third 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 5th among rookies in shooting percentage (17.1%) and is 7th among rookies in shots with 35.
Ryan Miller ranks tied for first in games played/started (18) and second in TOI (1086:13). He also ranks third among all goalies inshots against with 514.
Alex Edler leads VAN in time on ice (24:48) and has led the team in that category in 20 of 21 games he’s played, including 12 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 (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 14th 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.
- 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.
- The Canucks’ even strength 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, 44.3 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 against. Only seven NHL teams have been out-chanced at even-strength by a wider margin this month: St. Louis, 230; Ottawa, 233; Boston, 234; Calgary, 237; Philadelphia, 238; Dallas, 262; Toronto, 292.
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 Canucks have scored 2.86 goals for per game, ranking 8th in the League; their 63 goals on the year are fifth most in the NHL.
VANCOUVER’S 2015.16 RECORD WHEN…Score 4+ Goals: 6-0-0Score 3 Goals or Less: 2-8-6Allow 4+ Goals: 0-3-3Allow 3 Goals or Less: 8-4-3On 0 Days Rest: 2-1-1On 1 Day Rest: 2-4-4On 2 Days Rest: 3-2-1On 3+ Days Rest: 0-1-1Score a PPG: 3-5-4Give up a PPG: 3-6-325+ Shots on Goal: 6-7-5Less than 25 shots: 2-1-1
The club record for NHL debuts in a single season is 11 which occurred during the 1973.74 season.
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 21.2% of points (36), 34.9% of goals (22) and 22.4% of assists (24) respectively, for the team this season
The Canucks have had 18 different goal scorers this season, tied for fourth most in the League with the NY Islanders and Tampa Bay; Nashville has had 20 and St. Louis and Boston have had 19 different goal scorers.
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