CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff January 6, 2016
EDDIE LACK RETURNS TO VANCOUVER TO PLAY AGAINST FORMER TEAM
The Vancouver Canucks (15-16-9) play the 5th game on their 7-game home stand against the Carolina Hurricanes (16-17-7) tonight at Rogers Place.
In their last game, Vancouver’s comeback attempt against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night fell short, as the Canucks lost 3-2 in the fourth game of four consecutive games at home against Pacific division opponents.
Bo Horvat and Daniel Sedin scored for Vancouver. For Horvat, it was his first goal in 28 games; for Sedin, it was his 17th goal of the season, to lead all Canucks.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 of 29 shots in his 5th straight start, for a Sv% of .897. He is now, 3-2-0 in his last five games, with a GAA of 2.14 and a Sv% of .929. In his last eight games, he is 3-4-1, with a GAA of 2.02 and Sv% of .932.
Vancouver sits in 5th place in the Pacific division of the Western Conference. They continue to be 13 points behind Los Angeles; are 3 points behind the Coyotes; a point behind Calgary. They are also a single point in front of San Jose; and two points ahead of Edmonton.
Canucks are 3-4-1 against the Metropolitan division this season.
Alex Edler, who had the flu; Brandon Prust (lower body injury), and Sven Baertschi (upper body injury) will be in the line-up tonight for Vancouver.
G Ryan Miller (groin), F Brandon Sutter (sports hernia surgery), D Luca Sbisa (hand), and D Dan Hamhuis (facial fracture) are on the injured reserve list.
Jake Virtanen will not be in the line-up, and is a healthy scratch.
Carolina (16-17-6) comes into the game having played the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night at Rexall Place, losing 1-0 in overtime in the second and last game of their two game Western Canada road swing.
Cam Ward made 26 saves for the Hurricanes, who have lost back-to-back games in overtime.
The Carolina Hurricanes have killed off 21 consecutive penalties, their longest penalty-kill streak of the season. Last season, Carolina killed 36 consecutive penalties in 14 games from December 21, 2014 to January 19, 2015.
Hurricanes penalty kill average is 2lrst in the NHL at 79.3 percent, while their power play average is tied for 25th with Vancouver at 16.5 percent.
Lack is 4-0-2 in his last 6 games, with a 2.30 GAA and .923 Sv%, including wins against the Chicago and Washington
Eddie Lack will start for the Hurricanes and returns to Vancouver for the first time since being traded on June 26.
“If there’s one game I’ve been looking at on the calendar, it’s the Vancouver game,” Lack told the News & Observer.
Carolina sits in 6th spot in the Metropolitan division of the Eastern Conference, with 39 points seven points behind the 3rd place New York Rangers and a playoff spot. The Hurricanes are 6 points behind New Jersey and 3 points back of Pittsburgh. They are two points in front of Philadelphia and 6 points ahead of Columbus.
Carolina is 5-3-1 against Pacific division teams this season.
Phil Di Giuseppe (concussion) is day-to-day. Nathan Gerbe (ankle) and James Wisniewski (torn ACL) are on the injured reserve list.
CAROLINA HURRICANES NOTES
Hurricanes blueliner Justin Faulk is tied for 1rst in the NHL in power-play goals with 12.
- The Carolina Hurricanes rank first in the NHL in faceoff win percentage (53.1).
- Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal ranks fifth among all NHL skaters in faceoff win-percentage (more than 350 faceoffs taken) at 57.7%).
- The Carolina Hurricanes rank first in the NHL in total takeaways with 356 and 12th in the NHL with the least giveaways with 336.
- Carolina is 28th in the NHL with blocked shots with 464.
- Carolina is 2nd in the NHL with the least shots against with 1044, a 26.1 average.
- Carolina is 10th in the NHL with shots on goal with 1190, a 29.75 average.
- The Hurricanes have been shorthanded the least in the NHL, a total of 92 times, 2.3 times per game average.
- Carolina has allowed the 4th least amount of shorthanded goals in the NHL with 19.
- The Hurricanes have the least amount of face-off losses in the NHL with 1059.
- Canucks are averaging 2.35 goals per game. For an 82 game schedule the estimate is Vancouver will finish with 193 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 is 27th in the NHL as a team in hits with 762; 16th in giveaways with 313; 17th in blocked shots with 532; 26th in takeaways with 194.
- Vancouver is 3 for 37 in their last 14 games with the man advantage (3 for 26 at home). They are 1 for 22 in their last 10 games as well.
- Canucks penalty kill is a killer at 19 for 22, 86.4 percent in their last 8 home games. And 25 for 31 in their last 8 games overall, 80.6 percent.
- Vancouver has points in 8 of its last 15 (6-7-2=14 pts) & 12 of its last 22 games (8-10-4=20 pts).
- Vancouver is 2-2-2=6 pts at home, against the Pacific Division this season, including 4-1-1=9 pts on the road.
- Daniel and Henrik Sedin have 7 points in their last 8 home games (2-5=7 and 1-6=7 respectively).
- Radim Vrbata has 29 shots in his last 8 home games. Daniel Sedin and Alex Edler are next with 17 each.
- Bo Horvat in the last 8 home games has a FOW% of 57.4 percent (78 FOW and 58 FOL); 14 shots, 9 hits, 7 takeaways and 6 blocked shots.
- Daniel Sedin is 2 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
- Daniel Sedin has 4G and 3A for 7 pts in 12 games against Pacific division opponents, with JannickHansen and Henrik Sedin having 6 pts: Hansen on 3G and 3A; Henrik on 1G and 5A.
- Ronalds Kenins and Alexandre Grenier were reassigned to Utica of the AHL on Tuesday.
Alex Burrows collected his 15th shootout goal and 5th career game-deciding goal on Jan. 1 vs Anaheim. He is now the franchise leader for most game-deciding goals in a Canucks uniform.
Ryan Miller earned his 54th career shootout victory on Dec. 18 at DET. It is the most wins in the shootout by any goaltender in NHL history.
Captain Henrik Sedin is 10 games played from tying Trevor Linden (1140) for most games played in a Canucks uniform. Henrik has skated in 1,130 career regular season games and also ranks first in franchise history in points (949), assists (729), and plus/minus (+225).
Vancouver has had 133 power play opportunities to date, the t-fifth most of any team in the League; 69 of these opportunities have been drawn on the road (t-3rd in the NHL)
COMING INTO TONIGHT…….
CANUCKS AND NHL PLAYERS STATS
- Daniel Sedin is tied for 9th in NHL scoring with 38 points (17-21=38).
- Henrik Sedin is tied for 22nd in NHL scoring with 34 points (9-25=34).
- Derek Dorsett is tied for 48th in NHL hits with 89.
- Chris Tanev is 7th in the NHL in blocked shots with 97.
- Alex Edler is 11th in the NHL in blocked shots with 88.
- Henrik Sedin is tied for 8th in the NHL in assists with 25.
- Radim Vrbata is 8th in the NHL in shots on goal with 139.
- Daniel Sedin is 9th in the NHL in shots on goal with 138.
- Henrik Sedin is 14th in the NHL in total face-offs with 702. FOW% of 47.6
- Bo Horvat is 16th in the NHL in total face-offs with 695. FOW% of 51.1.
- Jacob Markstrom is tied for the 8th least goals allowed in the NHL, for goalies playing at least 10 games or more, with 29.
- Jacob Markstrom is 24th in the NHL in GAA with 2.49 (minimum 10 games played).
- Jacob Markstrom is 19th in the NHL in Sv% with .921 (minimum 10 games played).
- 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 13th in the NHL in saves made with 760.
- Ryan Miller is 1rst in the NHL in overtime losses with 7.
LACK OF PRODUCTION
- Chris Higgins, 21 games without a goal; plus/minus of -14
- Adam Cracknell, 20 games without a goal
- Alex Burrows, 18 games without a goal; plus/minus of -7
- Derek Dorsett, 1 goal in last 31 games played
- Brandon Prust, 1 goal in last 29 games played
- Bo Horvat, 1 goal in the last 28 games; plus/minus of -16
- Jared McCann, 1 goal in last 20 games played; plus/minus of -8
- Radim Vrbata, 1 goal in last 11 games played
- Chris Higgins, 1 assist in last 24 games played
- Brandon Prust, 1 assist in last 20 games played
- Chris Tanev, 2 assists in last 24 games played
THE CANUCKS HAVE NEVER PLAYED A FULL SEASON WITHOUT A 25 GOAL SCORER. WHO WILL IT BE THIS YEAR?
- Daniel Sedin, 17 goals in 40 games played
- Jannick Hansen, 12 goals in 40 games played
- Radim Vrbata, 10 goals in 38 games played
- Henrik Sedin, 9 goals in 38 games played
- Jared McCann, 7 goals in 37 games played