CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff December 18, 2015
Vancouver had been shutout in two of their last three games, and in four of their last nine outings dating back to November 30.
Vancouver came into the game having lost their 3rd game in a row of the road trip, and their 6th straight on the road.
Their captain Henrik Sedin could not play and his consecutive games played ended at 126 games.
But Sedin replacement Linden Vey, a thorn against Detroit last season, rose to the occasion and scored in the seventh round of a shootout to give the Canucks (12-14-8), a 4-3 win against the Red Wings (16-9-7) tonight at Joe Louis Arena.
With the victory, Vancouver pulled into a 3rd place tie with Calgary in the Pacific division of the Western conference, with 32 points.
Sven Baertschi had two points ( 1-1=2). Jared McCann, his 7th and Radim Vrbata, his 10th, scored for Vancouver (12-14-8), which won for the third time in 11 games (3-6-2).
The Canucks won their first game of the 6 game road trip, ending their three game losing streak to start the trip; and ended their 6 game losing streak on the road going back to November. They are 1-3 with 5 GF and 15 GA.
Ryan Miller made 25 saves through overtime and six more in the shootout.
Vancouver power play was not powerful as it was 0 for 2, with 5 shots. Canucks penalty kill was a perfect 3 for 3, with Miller only facing 4 shots.
On the current road trip their power play is 0 for 8, while their penalty kill is 10 for 14, 71.4%.
The Canucks out shot the Red Wings in the opening period 17-5, and in the game 40-28. Vancouver has out shot their opponents on the current road trip 137-130.
Canucks did not draw well on face-offs as they were 22 for 62. Bo Horvat was 10 for 22; Linden Vey, 5 for 15; Adam Cracknell, 3 for 10; Jared McCann, 2 for 12.
Vancouver face-off win percentage on their present road trip, after 4 games of 6, is an embarrassing 37.9 % (96 for 253).
The Canucks, if things were not desperate for them as it is, have teams in their division with games in hand, that could result in Vancouver making it into the basement of their division sooner than later, if they do not start using the momentum of the win tonight to register more victories, starting Sunday against Florida:
- Anaheim, currently in last place, has 4 games in hand
- Los Angeles, Calgary and Arizona, have 3 games in hand
- San Jose has 2 games in hand
- Edmonton has 1 game in hand
NEXT GAME UP: AT FLORIDA PANTERS, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2015
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