CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff December 1, 2015
CANUCKS NEED TO GET RID OF THE LOSING CULTURE FAST
Vancouver (9-9-7) begins a new month, leaving behind a disastrous month of November, as they visit Pacific division opponent Los Angeles Kings (14-8-1), who sit on top of the division, four points ahead of the Canucks, with two games in hand.
The game is Vancouver’s final game of a four game road trip that sports a record of 1-1-1 in its’ first 3 games. Monday night saw the Anaheim Ducks completely dominant a listless, uninspiring Canucks team that was shutout for the first time this season, 4-0.
“That was the furthest to being in a game as we’ve had all year,” captain Henrik Sedin said. “Our energy level wasn’t there.” canucks.nhl.com
“They (Ducks) let one slip away against Chicago and you knew they would pay hard,” he started. “Saying that, it’s a game we’ve got to be ready for and play hard in as well. For whatever reason, we just didn’t have our best. I don’t think our first periods have been great and we talked about that before the game.” Canuck coach Willie Desjardins after the game.
“We have been good all year creating offence, That’s not the problem. We have to realize that to win in this league you can’t give up three or four goals every game. It’s impossible. I have said it before, it’s a league where the best teams score an average of three goals a game. If you give up more than that, you can’t win.
“Our offensive numbers are good if you look around the league, but the way we give up goals, the penalties we take, they are small things, but they add up. In a game like this, that is going to cost you.” Daniel Sedin on the Canucks poor defensive display and lack of discipline this season.
The Canucks would like to bounce back this evening with a different effort, and a different outcome and end the road trip with a badly needed win in a must win game against a team that is playing consistently well, and has games in hand.
Kings are playing game two of a 4 game homestand before spending 10 of the next 11 games on the road.
It’s possible backup goalie Jacob Markstrom could start against the Kings after Ryan Miller allowed four goals on 29 shots before being pulled in the 4-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.
Rookie Jake Virtanen’s sustained an upper-body injury to his ribs which Vancouver believes after being checked out, is not serious, but it’s unlikely he’ll play. Virtanen, the No. 6 pick at the 2014 NHL Draft, did not return to the game Monday after leaving with a crosscheck to the ribs courtesy of Ryan Getzlaf.
The Kings are 8-5-0 at home while Vancouver is 6-5-4 on the road. Canucks power play is 18 for 91, 19.8 per cent, tied for 13th; Los Angeles is 13 for 68, 19.1 per cent, 17th place in the NHL.
When it comes to the penalty kill, the Kings are 8th best in the NHL, allowing 14 goals on 87 opportunities, 83.9 per cent. Vancouver is 24th in the NHL, 18 goals allowed on 79 opportunities, 77.2 per cent.
Vancouver has 40 even strength goals for and 39 even strength goals against, compared to the Kings 31 even strength goals for and 33 even strength goals against so far this season. Vancouver has 69 goals scored overall, while Los Angeles has scored 58.
- Los Angeles has been outscored 9-2 while losing the last three meetings with the Canucks
- Jonathan Quicks is 4-2-0 with a 1.18 GAA over his last 6 home games against Vancouver.
- Ryan Miller is 6-2-1 with a 1.93 GAA and 2 shutouts in his last 9 games against the Kings.
- Backup Jacob Markstrom had 26 saves in a loss with Florida in his only meeting with Los Angeles on Oct. 13, 2013.
- Last season, the Canucks were 17-7-1 through 25 games.
- The Canucks are 4-5-1 in their last ten games against the Kings, dating back to the 2013.14 season.
The Canucks conclude their fifth of 13 back-to-back series this season with tonight’s game at Los Angeles. Thus far, the Canucks have gone 4-3-2 in back-to-back series this season including a record of 2-2-1 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.
Last night’s game against Anaheim, Matt Bartkowski recorded a game high and Canucks season high 7 hits. Bo Horvat won 62% of face-offs. Chris Tanev blocked 3 shots.
The Canucks have scored 2.83 goals for per game, ranking t-ninth in the League; their 69 goals on the year are t-seventh most in the NHL
- Vancouver is t-fifth in the League in shots/GP with 30.9
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