Vancouver Battles Anaheim In Must Win Division Matchup

CANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    November 30, 2015

The Canucks (9-8-7) are in Anaheim (8-11-5) tonight, to take on their Pacific division rivals looking for that all important win against a division opponent, who they currently have a 4 point lead on in the standings.


Vancouver won 2-1 in a shootout at Anaheim on Oct. 12, their second straight victory going back to last season. The Canucks haven’t won three consecutive games against the Ducks since the 2007-08 season.

Canucks Still Leaving Points On The Table

Last game for Vancouver was the second game of their 4-game road trip against the Dallas Stars on Friday, November 27, a 3-2 loss in a shootout, after defeating Minnesota 3-2 on November 25 to start their week long road trip.

Vancouver is 1-7 in games decided past regulation (0-6 in overtime; 1-2 in shootouts).

For the Anaheim, they began a 6-game home stand last Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago were not good visitors, erasing a two-goal deficit with 1:41 left in regulation play; and then scoring 1:53 into overtime, Anaheim losing 3-2.

Anaheim is 1-5 in games decided past regulation (0-4 in overtime; 1-2 in shootouts).

Vancouver has lost 6 of their last 8 games, while the Ducks will be trying to escape losing a third game in a row.

Both teams have been having a difficult season having success reaching the postseason. Anaheim has reached the postseason in 8 of last 10 years; Vancouver in 11 of the last 14 seasons.

Already Vancouver and Anaheim have lost 15 and 16 games respectively, and are trying to figure out how to play 60-minute hockey and dominant their opposition on a consistent basis.

The Ducks are moving on up after a disastrous month of October, while Vancouver is moving down in the standings and treading water.

The Ducks are 4-1-3 at home in November with Vancouver 2-4-3 on the road this month.

Overall in November, Anaheim is 7-4-3 (tied for 4rth most points in the NHL in the month), while Vancouver is 4-6-3 (tied for 10th most points in the NHL in the month).

Power Play Not Producing

Vancouver have scored on 11 of 53 man advantages in the past 13 games, but they were only 1 for 7 chances against the Stars.

Canucks are 18 for 88 man advantages in 24 games, for 20.5 per cent, tied for 10th best.


Penalty Kill Impotent

The Canucks penalty kill has been abysmal over the last 13 games, giving up 14 goals on 46 opportunities. Canucks have allowed 17 goals in 76 penalty kill opportunities, for 77.6 per cent, 22nd in the NHL.

In the last 13 games, Vancouver has 20 even strength goals for and have 18 allowed even strength goals.


Anaheim,  has scored on 10 of 38 man advantages in their last 14 games. With the best penalty kill in the NHL, their penalty kill has allowed 8 goals on 52 opportunities this month.

In their last 14 games, the Ducks have 20 even strength goals for and have allowed 24 even strength goals.

The Canucks are led by Daniel and Henrik Sedin who have 18 and 17-points respectively in their last 13 games.

For Anaheim, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, with 14 and 13 points in their last 14 games, lead the Ducks.

Too Many Canucks Under-Producing:

  • Alex Burrows has two goals in his last 12 games, and has a plus/minus of -2.
  • Bo Horvat has not scored in his last 12 games, and has a plus/minus of -9.
  • Sven Baertschi has no points in his last 6 games, and has a plus/minus of -1.
  • Jake Virtanen has no goals in his last 9 games and 1 goal in 18 games played this season, and has a plus/minus of -2.
  • Jared McCann has 1 goal in his last 13 games.
  • Chris Higgins has no points in his last 12 games.
  • Radim Vrbata has just started to somewhat start to earn his salary but has been more ineffectual than not, with a plus/ minus of -11, the worst on the team.
  • Vancouver defensemen only have 8 goals this season. Only the Los Angeles Kings and the Colorado Avalanche, each with 7, are worse in the Western Conference.
  • Vancouver defensemen Yannick Webber and Ben Hutton have plus/minus of -6 each.


  • Canucks are 6-1 in their last 7 Monday games.
  • Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest.
  • Vancouver have scored 3 goals or less in 10 of their last 12 games.
  • Canucks have scored 2 goals or less in 7 of their last 12 games.
  • Canucks have scored 4 goals or more in 6 of their 24 games.
  • Canucks have allowed 3 goals or less in 16 of their 24 games.
  • Anaheim visits Vancouver on New Years Day and February 18th. The Canucks visit the Honda Center again on April
  • Last 5 Games: 2 – 2 – 1
    Last 10 Games: 3 – 4 – 3
    1-Goal Games: 3 – 6 – 7
    2-Goal Games: 1 – 1
    3-Goal Games: 5 – 1
    Scoring first: 5 – 1 – 4
    Opponent scoring first: 4 – 7 – 3
    Leading after 1 period: 4 – 0 – 2
    Trailing after 1 period: 0 – 5 – 3
    Tied after 1 period: 5 – 3 – 2
    Leading after 2 periods: 7 – 1 – 4
    Trailing after 2 periods: 0 – 7 – 1
    Tied after 2 periods: 2 – 0 – 2
  • The Canucks begin their fifth of 13 back-to-back series this season with tonight’s game versus Anaheim. Thus far, the Canucks have gone 4-2-2 in four previous series this season including a record of 2-1-1 in the first game and 2-1-1 in the second game. Last season, Vancouver played in 12 back-to-back series. They posted a 15-8-1 record in those series. Vancouver went 10-2-0 in the first game of the series and 5-6-1 in the second game.
  • Daniel Sedin is currently on a seven game point streak, notching 12 points (6-6-12) during that span; it is the longest point streak of any Canucks player this season and his longest since a seven game streak from Oct. 22 – Nov. 5/13. He currently leads the team and ranks in the top-10 in the League in points (27), goals (11), and assists (16).
  • Henrik Sedin is on a six game point streak registering 10 points (3-7-10) during that span. He also had a five game point streak earlier this season from Oct. 29 to Nov. 7. Last season, the Captain recorded points in three or more consecutive games on 10 different occasions.
  • Radim Vrbata notched his first multi-goal game of the year, Nov. 25 at MIN; last season Vrbata notched three multi-goal games. He currently sits on a four game point streak (3-2-5 during that span
  • Ryan Miller ranks second in games played/started (20) and first in TOI (1211:13). He also ranks fifth among goalies in shots against with 572.
  • Alex Edler leads VAN in time on ice (24:49) and has led the team in that category in 22 of 23 games he’s played, including 13 games where he’s led all skaters in TOI. He currently ranks 15th in the NHL in TOI/GP.
  • Jake Virtanen leads the team and ranks second among NHL rookies in hits with 53
  • Chris Tanev leads the team and is seventh in the League in blocked shots with 61. His defence parter Alex Edler is 10th in the NHL with 52 blocked shots.
  • Two Canucks players rank in the top-10 in the League in shots: Daniel Sedin (93 – sixth) and Radim Vrbata (83 – t-10th)
  • Vancouver has scored at least one power play goal in eight consecutive games. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Canucks went 8 straight games with a PPG in the same season was Dec. 28 – Jan. 15/96. The Canucks also had a PPG in 8 straight games over a span of two seasons from Apr. 14 – Oct. 19/99.
  • Vancouver has had 18 different goal scorers this season, tied for fourth most in the League.
  • The Canucks have scored 2.83 goals for per game, ranking t-ninth in the League; their 68 goals on the year are t-seventh most in the NHL
  • Vancouver is t-fifth in the League in shots/GP with 30.9.
  • Assist streaks: DANIEL SEDIN (5 / 4 Games)
  • Point streaks:
    RADIM VRBATA (3-1-4 / 3 Games)
    HENRIK SEDIN (3-7-10 / 6 Games)
    DANIEL SEDIN (6-6-12 / 7 Games)
    JANNIK HANSEN (1-1-2 / 2 Games)
    Score 4+ Goals: 6-0-0
    Score 3 Goals or Less: 3-8-7
    Allow 4+ Goals: 0-3-3
    Allow 3 Goals or Less: 9-4-4
    On 0 Days Rest: 2-1-1
    On 1 Day Rest: 2-4-5
    On 2 Days Rest: 4-2-1
    On 3+ Days Rest: 0-1-1
    Score a PPG: 4-5-5
    Give up a PPG: 4-6-4
    25+ Shots on Goal: 7-7-6
    Less than 25 shots: 2-1-1



FireShot Screen Capture #228 - '2015-2016 League Standings - Vancouver Canucks - Standings' - canucks_nhl_com_club_standings_htm_season=20152016&type=


FireShot Screen Capture #226 - '2015-2016 Regular Season Stats - Points - Vancouver Canucks - Statistics' - canucks_nhl_com_club_stats_htm


FireShot Screen Capture #225 - '2015-2016 Regular Season Stats - Points - Anaheim Ducks - Statistics' - ducks_nhl_com_club_stats_htm_season=20152016

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

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