Canucks Look To Tame Coyotes

CANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    January 4, 2016

CANUCKS FLIRTING WITH BEING WORST SCORING CANUCKS TEAM IN HISTORY


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The Vancouver Canucks (15-15-9)  play the final of four games against Pacific division opponents tonight as they host the Arizona Coyotes, on their 7-game home stand.

In their last game, Vancouver (15-15-9) grinded it out against the Anaheim Ducks on New Years Day, giving them a taste of their own game, in a 2-1 shootout victory at Rogers Place, in the third game of four straight against Pacific division opponents.

Chris Tanev, in his first game since December 22, scored the tying goal; and Alex Burrows got his first point in 17 games with an assist on the 1-1 goal.

VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 1: the puck sits in the net behind Frederik Andersen #31 of the Anaheim Ducks as Derek Dorsett #15 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates the goal of Christopher Tanev #8 during their NHL game at Rogers Arena January 1, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 2-1. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – JANUARY 1: the puck sits in the net behind Frederik Andersen #31 of the Anaheim Ducks as Derek Dorsett #15 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates the goal of Christopher Tanev #8 during their NHL game at Rogers Arena January 1, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 2-1. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jacob Markstrom started his fourth straight game with Ryan Miller injured, stopping 27 of 28 shots for a .964 Sv%.

Markstrom is 3-1-0 in those four games, with a 1.93 GAA and .937 Sv%. In his last seven games, he is 3-3-1 with a 1.84 GAA and .938 Sv%.

Markstrom will start against the Coyotes, with Joe Cannata backing him up.

Canucks are averaging 2.436 goals per game. For an 82 game schedule the estimate is Vancouver will finish with 200 goals. The least number of goals ever scored by a Vancouver team in a full season of 82 games were 192 by the 1998-99 Canucks. 

Vancouver played the Los Angeles Kings on December 28, losing 5-0 at Roger’s Place. Radim Vrbata notched a team-high seven shots; Andrey Pedan registered three hits and participated in his first NHL fight; and Jacob Markstrom had 33 saves in his third straight start.

Vancouver will be without goalie Ryan Miller (lower body), who is expected to skate later this week; Sven Baertschi (neck) and Brandon Sutter (sports hernia surgery), along with Dam Hamhuis (facial surgery) and Luca Sbisa (hand), according to canucks.nhl.com.

Brandon Prust will not play against Arizona due to a leg injury during the win against Anaheim . Rookie Jared McCann will replace him in tonight’s game.

The Canucks recalled right wing Alexandre Grenier from the AHL Utica Comets today. Grenier, 24, has appeared in 33 games with Utica this season, ranking second on the team in scoring with 19 points (6-13-19) along with 26 penalty minutes. He also made his NHL debut on November 18, 2015 at Winnipeg, according to the Canucks website.

At home in their last 7 games, the Canucks are 4-3-0 with 12 GF and 18 GA; averaging 23.6 shots for and 31.7 shots against.

On their home stand, the Canucks are 2-1-0 with 3 GF and 7 GA; averaging 25.3 shots for and 33.0 shots against. Their power play is 0 for 9, while their penalty kill is 6 for 8 at 75 percent.

Vancouver sits in 4rth place in the Pacific division with 39 points, tied for 3rd place with Anaheim, 13 points behind the Kings in 1rst place. Canucks are a point behind Arizona, and a point a head of San Jose and Calgary; 4 points in front of Edmonton.

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Arizona (18-16-4) comes into the game having played the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday at Rexall Place, losing 4-3 in a shootout in the first game of their 3 game Western Canada road swing. The Coyotes went into the game riding a 19-game point streak versus the Oilers and made it 20.

Steve Downie, Brad Richardson and Anthony Duclair scored for Arizona (18-16-4) and Domingue made 38 saves. Arizona is 16-0-4 against the Oilers in their past 20 games. The last time Edmonton beat Arizona in regulation was a 4-3 win on Jan. 25, 2011.

Arizona defeated Winnipeg 4-2 at Gila River Arena on December 31rst. Shane Doan scored 2 goals or more for the 3rd time in his last 4 home game; Mikkel Boedker and Michael Stone extended their point streaks to 4 games each; Tobias Rieder led ARI with 5 shots; Michael Stone led ARI with 5 hits and 3 blocked shots. Goalie Louis Dominuge had 35 saves in the Coyotes win.

Louis Domingue is expected to start in goal vs. Vancouver. Domingue is 3-0-2 in his past five starts and stopped 160 of 175 shots in those games.

The Coyotes have earned a point in 8 of their last 10 games (5-2-3), 32 GF and 32 GA. In those games, their power play is 9 for 42, 21.4 percent; penalty kill, 23 for 33, 69.7 percent. Face-off winning percentage is 53.4 percent.

Arizona is 1-5-1 in their last 7 road games, with 15 GF and 28 GA; power play, 2 for 20, 10 percent; penalty kill, 18 for 22, 81.8 percent. Face-off winning percentage, 48.2 percent.

The Coyotes currently own a 7-1-2 record vs. Pacific Division teams this season. Only the New York Islanders have fewer regulation losses (0) against teams inside  their own division. Arizona has outscored Pacific division opponents 34-21 through 10 games and have earned a point in 7 straight games against division teams.

ARIZONA COYOTES NOTES

  • Mikkel Boedker has produced points (1-6-7) in 4 of his last five games and leads the Coyotes in points with 12-18-30.
  • Michael Stone had a career-best 4-game point streak (1-4-5) stopped against Edmonton.
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s 10 goals rank tied for 4th in the NHL among League defensemen. The Swedish D-man now has 65 career goals, which pits him tied for 6th among defensemen in franchise history. Ekman-Larsson’s 34 goals since the beginning of last year rank as the most among all NHL defensemen.
  • Arizona defensemen are 2nd in the League with the most goals (26). Oliver Ekman-Larsson leads Arizona d-men with 10 goals, while Connor Murphy has tallied 4 goals. Nicklas Grossmann and Michael Stone each have 3 goals. A Coyotes’ defenseman has scored a goal in 14 of the last 20 contests.
  • Coyotes’ rookies currently lead NHL teams in rookie points (63) and goals scored (27). In fact, Max Domi and Anthony Duclair’s combined point total alone (48) is more than every team besides CHI (56). Duclair is tied for the 2nd most goals among 1st year skaters with 11; Domi is tied for the 3rd most goals with 10.
  • Captain Shane Doan surpassed Dale Hawerchuk (379) for the all-time franchise goals record by scoring a goal in the 1st period on Dec. 31, 2015 vs. WPG . The Coyotes Captain is also just 3 PPG’s behind Hawerchuk (122) and 12 points from Hawerchuk (929) for tying the franchise lead.
  • Arizona ranks 6th in the NHL with a 2.82 goals per game and lead the Pacific Division with 107 goals scored.
  • Arizona ranks 2nd in the League with a 52.9 percent face-off win percentage. The team finished last season ranked 7th in the League (51.8%).
  • Coyotes hold an 11-5-1 record when they allow no power play goals.

CANUCKS JOTTINGS

  • Canucks are averaging 2.436 goals per game. For an 82 game schedule the estimate is Vancouver will finish with 200 goals. The least number of goals ever scored by a Vancouver team in a full season of 82 games were 192 by the 1998-99 Canucks. 
  • Back in 2010-2011, Vancouver, after 39 games played, were 38 for 156 on the power play for 24.4 percent, and 2nd in the NHL. This season, after 39 games, Vancouver is 28th in the NHL, 21 for 131 opportunities, for 16.0 percent.
  • Vancouver is 27th in the NHL as a team in hits with 749; 16th in giveaways with 305; 17th in blocked shots with 523; 25th in takeaways with 192.
  • Vancouver is 2 for 35 in their last 13 games with the man advantage (2 for 24 at home). They are 0 for 20 in their last 9 games as well.
  • Canucks power play is a killer at 18 for 20, 90.0 percent in their last 7 home games. And 24 for 29 in their last 7 games overall, 82.8 percent.
  • Vancouver has points in 8 of its last 14 (6-6-2=14 pts) & 12 of its last 21 games (8-9-4=20 pts).
  • Vancouver is 2-1-2=6 pts at home, against the Pacific Division this season, including 4-1-1=9 pts on the road.
  • Daniel and Henrik Sedin have 6 points in their last 7 home games (1-5=6 each).
  • Radim Vrbata has 28 shots in his last 7 home games. Daniel Sedin and Alex Edler are next with 15 each.
  • Bo Horvat in the last 7 home games has a FOW% of 58.6 percent (68 FOW and 48 FOL); 12 shots, 9 hits, 6 takeaways and 5 blocked shots.
  • Radim Vrbata, Brandon Prust and Chris Higgins have no goals  against Pacific division teams.
  • Daniel Sedin is 3 goals from tying Markus Naslund (346) for first all-time in franchise goals
  • Alex Edler is 2 goals from tying Sami Salo (74) for third all-time among defencemen in franchise goals
  • Vancouver entered 2016 with 23 games to play before the February 29th deadline: 14 games at home and 9 games away. The Canucks entered 2015 with 27 games to play before the March 2, 2015 deadline and were 15-12-0: 8-6-0 at home and 7-6-0 on the road.
  • Canucks picked up Sven Baertschi from Calgary at the 2015 trade deadline for a 2015 2nd-round pick in the NHL draft.
  • Daniel Sedin and Jannick Hansen each have 3G and 3A in 11 games against Pacific division opponents, with Hansen having a plus/minus of +9.
  • Bo Horvat ranks 46th among all NHL skaters in faceoff win-percentage (more than 350 faceoffs taken) at 51.1%).

COMING INTO TONIGHT

  • CANUCKS AND NHL PLAYERS STATS
    • Daniel Sedin is tied for 10th in NHL scoring with 37 points (16-21=37).
    • Henrik Sedin is tied for 23rd in NHL scoring with 33 points (9-24=33).
    • Derek Dorsett is 52nd in NHL hits with 87.
    • Chris Tanev is tied for 7th in the NHL in blocked shots with 94.
    • Alex Edler is tied for 10th in the NHL in blocked shots with 87.
    • Henrik Sedin is tied for 9th in the NHL in assists with 24.
    • Radim Vrbata is 8th in the NHL in shots on goal with 138.
    • Daniel Sedin is 9th in the NHL in shots on goal with 136.
    • Henrik Sedin is 16th in the NHL in total face-offs with 678. FOW% of 47.8
    • Bo Horvat is 17th in the NHL in total face-offs with 675. FOW% of 51.1.
    • Brandon Prust is tied 1rst in the NHL in fighting majors with 7.
    • Derek Dorsett is tied for 2nd most  fighting majors in the NHL with 6.
    • Derek Dorsett is tied for 1rst in the NHL in misconducts with 4.
    • Derek Dorsett is tied for 2nd in the NHL in roughing penalties with 8.
    • Derek Dorsett is tied for 4rth most minor penalties in the NHL with 19.
    • Derek Dorsett leads the NHL in penalty minutes with 108.
    • Jacob Markstrom has the 5th least goals allowed in the NHL, for goalies playing at least 10 games or more, with 26.
    • Jacob Markstrom is 21rst in the NHL in GAA with 2.44.
    • Jacob Markstrom is tied for 16th in the NHL in Sv% with .921
    • Ryan Miller is 4rth in the NHL in goals allowed with 76.
    • Ryan Miller is 12th in the NHL in shots faced with 836.
    • Ryan Miller is 12th in the NHL in saves made with 760.
    • Ryan Miller is tied for 1rst in the NHL in overtime losses with 6.
    • Alex Edler is tied for16th in the NHL in TOI/G with 24:34.
    • Jannick Hansen is tied for 21rst in the NHL in plus/minus with a +11.
    • Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin are tied for 32nd in the NHL in plus/minus with a +10.
    • Bo Horvat is tied for 2nd in the NHL in negative plus/minus with a -17.
    • Radim Vrbata is 8th in the NHL in negative plus/minus with a -14.
  • LACK OF PRODUCTION
    • Bo Horvat, 27 games without a goal; plus/minus of -14
    • Chris Higgins, 20 games without a goal; plus/minus of -12
    • Adam Cracknell, 19 games without a goal
    • Alex Burrows, 17 games without a goal; plus/minus of -7
    • Derek Dorsett, 1 goal in last 30 games played
    • Brandon Prust, 1 goal in last 28 games played
    • Jared McCann, 1 goal in last 19 games played; plus/minus of -8
    • Radim Vrbata, 1 goal in last 10 games played
    • Chris Higgins, 1 assist in last 23 games played
    • Chris Tanev, 1 assist in last 23 games played
    • Brandon Prust, 1 assist in last 19 games played
  • THE CANUCKS HAVE NEVER PLAYED A FULL SEASON WITHOUT A 25 GOAL SCORER. WHO WILL IT BE THIS YEAR? 
      • Daniel Sedin, 16 goals in 39 games played
      • Jannick Hansen, 12 goals in 39 games played
      • Radim Vrbata, 10 goals in 37 games played
      • Henrik Sedin, 9 goals in 37 games played
      • Jared McCann, 7 goals in 36 games played

    SEASON SNAPSHOT

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    CANUCKS PLAYER STATS

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    COYOTES PLAYER STATS

    screenshot-coyotes nhl com 2016-01-03 12-50-23STATISTICS COURTESY OF THE NHL AND THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS

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