CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff November 27, 2015
The Vancouver Canucks (9-8-6) fresh off watching the Carolina Panthers defeat the Dallas Cowboys on U.S. Thanksgiving Day, are back in action tonight against Western Conference leaders Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.
The game is the second for the Canucks on their 4-game road trip. Vancouver won 3-2 in Minnesota Wednesday. Radim Vrbata scored two goals, and Ryan Miller had 31 saves for the Canucks, which ended a four-game winless streak on the road and won for just the second time in its past 8-games on the road.
The Canucks are 3-6-2 in their past 11 games overall.
Brandon Sutter (abdominal) and Ben Hutton (lower body) are injured for Vancouver.
The Stars had a five-game winning streak end with a 7-4 loss to Ottawa at American Airlines Center Tuesday. Tonight’s game wraps up a three-game homestand for Dallas.
Kari Lehtonen (upper body) is unavailable for Dallas. Travis Moen (upper body) and Jason Demers (lower body) are day-to-day.
- Jake Virtanen leads the team and leads NHL rookies in hits with 53.
- Daniel Sedin has 10 points (5-5-10) in his last 6 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 (25) and goals (10).
- The Canucks are now 6-4-3 away from Rogers Arena this season.
- The Canucks stopped allowing at least 3 goals against at10 straight games tonight.
- The Canucks one goal victory tonight was just their 3rd in 15 one goal games this season. Vancouver won 22 of 31 one-goal games last season.
- The Stars are 8-3-0 at home. The Canucks are 6-4-3 on the road.
- The Canucks rank eighth in goal scoring at 2.87 per game. The Stars rank second in goal scoring in the NHL at 3.54 per game.
- The Canucks rank seventh on the power play at 21.0 percent. The Stars rank second on the power play at 26.9 percent.
- Alex Edler, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin all had points against Minnesota, to continue their points streaks going into Dallas.
- Alex Edler: 0-4=4 in 3 games; Daniel Sedin: 5-5=10 in 6 games; Henrik Sedin: 2-7=9 in 5 games.
- Radim Vrbata goes into tonight’s game with 3 goals in his last 2 games.
- Daniel Sedin ranks fourth in NHL scoring with 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists).
- The Canucks’ even strength scoring chance differential during the month of November in 12 games, War-On-Ice figures indicate, is 46.5 per cent. Only three NHL teams have been out-chanced by a wider margin this month: Ottawa, 44.9 per cent; Florida, 42.9 per cent; and the New York Rangers, 40.2 per cent.
- Dallas Stars even strength scoring chance differential during the month of November is 53.4 per cent, 4rth best in the NHL.
- In November, War-On-Ice figures indicate Vancouver has given up 245 even-strength scoring chances against. Only seven NHL teams have been out-chanced at even-strength by a wider margin this month: Winnipeg, 250; St. Louis, 254; Ottawa, 254; Philadelphia, 259; Boston, 260; 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.
CANUCKS AT A GLANCE