CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff January 9, 2016
Virtanen To Play, Miller Suits Up,
Hansen Out, Against Lightning
The Vancouver Canucks (16-16-9) play the 6th game on their 7-game home stand against the Tampa Bay Lightning (20-17-4) tonight at Rogers Place.
The Canucks will be out to regain 3rd place in the Pacific division all for themselves with a victory tonight, and leap frog over Anaheim, who defeated the St. Louis Blues last night 4-3.
In their last game, Vancouver led by Bo Horvat’s offensive outburst, defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2, winning their third of five games on their seven game home stand.
Bo Horvat, had two goals, including the winner on the power play with 1:06 remaining in regulation; and Sven Baertschi, with a goal on his return to the lineup, scored for Vancouver, to improve the Canucks record to 5-2-1 in their last eight games.
Horvat, after scoring his first goal in 28 games against Arizona on Monday night, now has 3 goals in two straight games, two on the power play. For Baertschi, he now has 4 goals and 2 assists along with 12 shots on net, in his last 6 games played.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 of 28 shots in his 6th straight start, for a Sv% of .929.
Markstrom is now, 4-2-1 in his last 7 games, with a GAA of 2.12 and a Sv% of .929. In his last nine games, he is 4-4-1, with a GAA of 2.02 and Sv% of .932.
In their previous 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.
Vancouver has a 4-4-3 record against the Atlantic division opponents and 8-8-4 record against the Eastern Conference overall.
Jake Virtanen, who was loaned to Canada for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, will return to the lineup. The No. 6 pick at the 2014 NHL Draft has one goal and three assists in 19 games with Vancouver but has not played in the League since Nov. 30.
Jacob Markstrom, will make his 7th consecutive start in net, with Ryan Miller backing him up.
Emerson Etem, the newest Canuck, acquired in a trade from the New York Rangers yesterday, will not play tonight.
Current injuries for the Canucks include: F Brandon Sutter (sports hernia surgery), D Luca Sbisa (hand), and D Dan Hamhuis (facial fracture) and F Jannick Hansen (upper body) are on the injured reserve list.
The Canucks are 1-4-0 against the Lightning in their last five games played and 3-6-1 in their last 10 meetings, dating back to the 2007-2008 season.
The Canucks are in 4rth place, tied for 3rd with Anaheim, in the Pacific division of the Western Conference with 41 points, 3 points behind second place Arizona and 13 points behind division leaders Los Angeles. Vancouver is ahead of Calgary by a single point. Canucks are three points in front of San Jose, with Edmonton 4 points back.
San Jose has 3 games in hand on Vancouver.
The Lightning come into the game having played the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night at Rexall Place, staging a winning comeback by scoring three consecutive goals in the 3rd period and defeating the home team 3-2 in their second game of their 3 game Western Canada road swing. The Bolts had dropped four in a row in Edmonton and were 0-3-1 over that stretch; Tampa Bay is 5-10-1 all-time in Edmonton now.
Victor Hedman had a goal and two assists in the third period. Nikita Kucherov scored the tying goal for Tampa Bay; and Steven Stamkos, with his 18th goal of the season, scored the game-winner with 4:09 remaining. Goaltender Ben Bishop made 24 saves. The Lightning were 0 for 3 on the power play and 2 for 3 on the penalty kill.
Tampa Bay previously lost to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, 3-1 at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Lightning lost in regulation in the opening game of a multi-game road trip for the first time this season, dropping to 4-1-1 in such situations. Steven Stamkos netted his team-leading 17th goal of the season. Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop made his first start of 2016 and stopped 21-of-23 shots but was saddled with the loss. Tampa Bay didn’t have a power play in the loss to Calgary, the first time this season it’s gone a game without a power play.
Tampa Bay allowed its first power-play goal in its last 8 games, against Edmonton last night, bringing to an end their consecutive game streaks to an end without one at 7 games. The Lightning have now successfully killed 20 of 21 opponent power plays in their last 8 games. The Bolts penalty kill ranks tied for 21rst in the NHL at 79.3% overall.
The Bolts have scored 9 power-play goals on 33 power-play opportunities (27%) over their last 8 games.
Tampa Bay is 6-3-0 against Pacific Division opponents and have a 8-7-2 record against the Western Conference overall.
The Lightning sit in 5th spot in the Atlantic division of the Eastern Conference, with 44 points, 5 points out of 2nd place and a playoff position.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING NOTES
- Lightning captain Steven Stamkos and goaltender Ben Bishop were selected Wednesday to play in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game
- Stamkos has scored 7 goals in his last 9 games
- Stamkos has scored nine power-play goals, tops on the Bolts and T-4th in the NHL
- Since 2009-10, Stamkos ranks second in the NHL for total goals (271), training only Alex Ovechkin (278)
- Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula had his point streak stopped at four games on January 8th at Edmonton.
- Bolts defenseman Anton Stralman had his assist/point streak stopped at four games on January 8 at Edmonton.
- Nikita Kucherov saw his point streak come to an end at a Bolts-season-best eight games on Jan. 5 at Calgary. He has three goals and nine assists in his last 9 games and has points in 10 of his last 13 games (6 goals, 9 assists).
- Bishop, 29, has allowed two goals or less in 19 of his last 24 starts and 23 of 32 overall
- Bishop is tied for the league lead for penalty minutes (4) among goalies
- Bo Horvat has 3 goals in his last two home games, including two power play goals.
- In his last 9 home games, Horvat has a FOW% of 55.6 percent (85 FOW and 68 FOL); 19 shots, 9 hits, 8 takeaways, 6 blocked shots and a 15.8 shooting percentage.
- After 41 games, Vancouver is 25th in the NHL on the power play, 23 for 138 opportunities, for 16.7 percent.
- Canucks are averaging 2.37 goals per game. For an 82 game schedule the estimate is Vancouver will finish with 194 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 4 for 43 in their last 15 games overall with the man advantage (4 for 32 at home). They are 2 for 25 in their last 9 road games as well.
- Vancouver is 27th in the NHL as a team in hits with 772; 15th in giveaways with 317; 20th in blocked shots with 539; 25th in takeaways with 202.
- Canucks penalty kill is 23rd in the NHL, 108 for 137: 78.8 percent.
- Canucks penalty kill is a killer at 21 for 24, 87.5 percent in their last 9 home games. And 27 for 33 in their last 9 games overall, 81.8 percent.
- Vancouver has points in 10 of its last 18 (7-8-3=17 pts) & 13 of its last 24 games (9-11-4=22 pts).
- Daniel and Henrik Sedin have 7 points in their last 9 home games; Daniel, 2-5=7; Henrik, 1-6=7.
- Bo Horvat ranks 43rd among all NHL skaters in face-off win-percentage (more than 400 face-offs taken) at 50.8%).
- Daniel Sedin will be making his third NHL All-Star Game appearance when he represents Team Pacific Division on Jan. 31 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Daniel has a goal in three of his last seven games played. He currently leads the team in points (38, which also ranks t-9th in the NHL), goals (17, which ranks t-11th in the NHL), ppg (5) and ppp (13), shots (142) and gwg (4), and is
second in assists (21).
COMING INTO TONIGHT…….
BO HORVAT (3-0-3 / 2 Games)
CHRISTOPHER TANEV (1-2-3 / 3 Games)
VANCOUVER CANUCKS ALL-TIME RECORD
- Canucks are 10 goals from 11, 000 goals scored as an NHL franchise, according to NHL.com
CANUCKS AND NHL PLAYERS STATS
- Alex Edler is tied for 16th in the NHL in TOI/G with 24:36.
- Jannick Hansen is tied for 27rst in the NHL in plus/minus with a +11.
- Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin are tied for 35th in the NHL in plus/minus with a +10.
- Bo Horvat is tied for 2nd in the NHL in negative plus/minus with a -19.
- Radim Vrbata is 8th in the NHL in negative plus/minus with a -14.
- Daniel Sedin is tied for 9th in NHL scoring with 38 points (17-21=38).
- Henrik Sedin is tied for 26th in NHL scoring with 34 points (9-25=34).
- Derek Dorsett is tied for 49th in NHL hits with 91.
- Chris Tanev is 7th in the NHL in blocked shots with 97.
- Alex Edler is tied for 12th in the NHL in blocked shots with 90.
- Henrik Sedin is tied for 8th in the NHL in assists with 25.
- Radim Vrbata is tied for 9th in the NHL in shots on goal with 140.
- Daniel Sedin is 8th in the NHL in shots on goal with 142.
- Jacob Markstrom is 9th in the NHL with least goals allowed (10 games or more), with 31.
- Jacob Markstrom is tied for 22nd in the NHL in GAA with 2.45 (13 games or more played).
- Jacob Markstrom is 19th in the NHL in Sv% with .919 (13 games or more played).
- Ryan Miller is 4rth in the NHL in goals allowed with 76.
- Ryan Miller is 15th in the NHL in shots faced with 836.
- Ryan Miller is 16th in the NHL in saves made with 760.
- Brandon Prust is tied for 2nd in the NHL in fighting majors with 7.
- Derek Dorsett is tied for 3rd 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 5th most minor penalties in the NHL with 20.
- Derek Dorsett is 1rst in the NHL with most penalty minutes with 110.
- Brandon Prust is 14th in the NHL with 57 penalty minutes.
- Alex Edler is tied for 21rst in the NHL in missed shots with 50.
- Radim Vrbata is tied for 33rd in the NHL in missed shots with 46.
- Daniel Sedin is tied for 36th in the NHL in missed shots with 45.
- Henrik Sedin is 24rth in the NHL in shooting percentage with 18.4 percent (13 or more games played).
LACK OF PRODUCTION
- Chris Higgins, 21 games without a goal; plus/minus of -14
- Adam Cracknell, 21 games without a goal
- Alex Burrows, 19 games without a goal; plus/minus of -7
- Derek Dorsett, 1 goal in last 32 games played
- Brandon Prust, 1 goal in last 30 games played
- Bo Horvat, 3 goals in the last 29 games; plus/minus of -16
- Jared McCann, 1 goal in last 21 games played; plus/minus of -8
- Radim Vrbata, 1 goal in last 12 games played
- Chris Higgins, 1 assist in last 24 games played
- Brandon Prust, 1 assist in last 21 games played
- Chris Tanev, 2 assists in last 25 games played
- Alex Edler, 0 points in last 11 games played; plus/minus of -3
- Yannick Weber, 0 points in last 13 games played; 1 point in last 19 games played
- Ben Hutton, 0 points in last 12 games played; 1 point in last 18 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 41 games played
- Jannick Hansen, 12 goals in 41 games played
- Radim Vrbata, 10 goals in 39 games played
- Henrik Sedin, 9 goals in 39 games played
- Jared McCann, 7 goals in 38 games played
- Sven Baertschi, 6 goals in 33 games played
VANCOUVER’S 2015.16 RECORD WHEN…
- Score 4+ Goals: 8-0-1
- Score 3 Goals or Less: 8-16-8
- Allow 4+ Goals: 0-9-4
- Allow 3 Goals or Less: 16-7-5
- On 0 Days Rest: 3-1-2
- On 1 Day Rest: 6-9-6
- On 2 Days Rest: 4-4-1
- On 3+ Days Rest: 2-2-0
- Score a PPG: 7-6-6
- Give up a PPG: 5-11-7
- 25+ Shots on Goal: 11-13-8
- Less than 25 shots: 5-3-1
WESTERN CONFERENCE WILD CARD STANDINGS
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS
2015-2016 VANCOUVER CANUCKS VS ALL TEAMS
CANUCKS PLAYER STATS
LIGHTNING PLAYER STATS
Vancouver Canucks First Goal (CanucksTV)
Barry Wilkins scored the first ever Canuck goal on October 9th, 1970 against Los Angeles Kings.