CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff December 9, 2015
CANUCKS LOOK TO EXTEND WIN STREAK AT HOME
The Vancouver Canucks (10-11-8) hope to build on their 5-2 win of Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres when they take on the New York Rangers (18-7-3) tonight at Rogers Place.
“This is a good test. They’re a skilled team. We want to focus on our consistency and build off last game” – Desjardins
Tonight marks the first of two meetings between these two teams this season. The two teams meet again in New York on January 19, 2016.
The Canucks are 5-3 against the Rangers at home in the last 8 games played and 10-6-0 overall since 2000. Vancouver is 2-3-0 in the last five home outings versus New York.
The game is the last of 4 games on the Canucks home stand, winning one and losing two, in the first three games. Vancouver begins a 6-game road trip on Sunday, December 13 against Chicago, ending on Tuesday, December 22 against Tampa Bay. In between they play, Minnesota on December 15; Philidelphia on December 17; Detroit on December 18; Florida on December 20.
Vancouver is 3-5-2 in their last 10 games, and 4-6-3 at home this season.
The Canucks’ last game was on Tuesday night against Buffalo, a 5-2 win, that ended a five game winless streak. Ryan Miller recorded his 3rd win in his last 10 starts, making 32 saves for a .941 SV%. Radim Vrbata, scored three goals; Brandon Prust had a goal and an assist; Daniel Sedin had two assists; Henrik Sedin, a power play goal. Adam Cracknell had two assists; Canuck defensemen had three helpers.
The Canucks currently are tied with San Jose for 2nd place in the Pacific division with 28 points, a point ahead of Arizona and Anaheim; four points in front of Edmonton and Calgary.
The Rangers begin a 3-game Western Canada road swing tonight against Vancouver, which continues Friday against Edmonton, ending Saturday against the Calgary Flames.
Rangers are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games (2-4-1 in their last 7 games), and are 6-3-2 on the road this season.
New York last played on December 6, at home against Ottawa, winning 4-1, after losing a couple of 2-1 defeats to the New York Islanders and Colorado, respectively.
New York is currently in 2nd place in the Metropolitan division with 39 points, a point behind Washington; two points ahead of 3rd place New York Islanders.
- Vancouver’s penalty kill has not allowed a power play goal against on their 4 game home stand, going 7 for 7 in their last three games; and are 14 for 16 in their last 6 games.
- Forward Brandon Prust scored his first goal of the season on Monday night against Buffalo, his first in 50 games, dating to Feb. 3 when he was with the Montreal Canadiens.
Daniel Sedin has 20 points (8-12-20) in the last 14 games. He recently had a seven game point streak from Nov. 14-27; it was 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 in points (31), goals (12), assists (19), ppg (5) and ppp (12).
Henrik Sedin has 18 points (6-12-18) in the last 14 games. He recently had a six game point streak from Nov. 16-27. 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. Henrik ranks second on the team in points (27), goals (9), and assists (18).
Alex Edler leads VAN in time on ice per game (24:25) and has led the team in that category in 25 of 28 games he’s played, including 15 games where he’s led all skaters in TOI. He currently ranks 18th in the NHL in TOI/GP.
Chris Tanev leads the team and ranks t-5th in the League in blocked shots with 71. His defence partner Alex Edler ranks t-15th in the NHL with 57 blocked shots.
- With five goals against Buffalo on Monday night, Vancouver doubled its’ goal production of the five previous games. They now have 10 goals scored in their last 6 games.
- Canucks are led in plus/minus by Jannick Hansen with +8; followed by Daniel and Henrik Sedin at +5 each. Radim Vrbata is -14; Bo Horvat, -13; and Yannik Weber, -11.
- Derek Dorsett leads all Canucks in hits this season with 70, followed by Adam Cracknell with 57; Matt Bartkowski, 56; and rookie Jake Virtanen has 53 hits.
- In the face-off circle, Bo Horvat leads Vancouver with a face-off win percentage of 50.7% overall (55.6% Home; 47.2% Away); Henrik Sedin, 49.9% overall (55.2% Home; 45.8% Away); Adam Cracknell, 39.8% overall (44.2% Home; 36.5% Away); rookie Jared McCann, 32.6 overall (28.9% Home; 35% Away).
- Vancouver as a team, has the worst face-off win percentage in the NHL at 47 per cent. The Canucks at home are 51.0 per cent in face-offs (17th in the NHL); on the road Vancouver is 43.8% in face-offs (30th in the NHL).
- On the power play, Vancouver is 13th in the NHL in face-off win percentage at 56.7 per cent overall (6th in the NHL at home at 63 per cent; 51.8 per cent on the road).
- Canucks assigned forward Jake Virtanen to the Utica Comets on a conditioning assignment.
- D Luca Sbisa (hand) and F Brandon Sutter (sports hernia surgery) are on the injured reserve list.
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Statistics courtesy of the NHL, Vancouver Canucks and SportingCharts, with thanks.