CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff January 11, 2016
The Vancouver Canucks (16-16-10) play the last game of their 7-game home stand against the Florida Panthers (26-12-4) tonight at Rogers Place.
Canucks mission, as self serving as it is, end the Panthers’ 12-game winning streak in game two of Florida’s Western Canada road swing.
Vancouver looks for their 6th win in 10 games, sporting a record of 5-2-2 in their last 9.
The Canucks are 2-1-2 against the Panthers in their last five games played.
Canucks are 8 goals from 11, 000 goals scored as an NHL franchise, according to NHL.com
The Panthers’ streak is tied for the 10th-longest in NHL history and the longest of any team that failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs the previous season, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
The 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins hold the NHL record with 17 straight victories.
Roberto Luongo will be in net for the Panthers tonight, and will face the Canucks for the 5th time since being traded and is 2-1-1 against his former team. It will be his 898th career game tonight.
Jacob Markstrom gets the call for his 8th consecutive start, his first start ever against his former team .
Markstrom is 4-2-1 with a .927 save percentage in seven starts since Ryan Miller injured his groin Dec. 20 at the Florida Panthers.
Bo Horvat is currently sitting on a three-game point streak (4-1-5). Since the start of the new year, Horvat shares the NHL-lead in goals scored (4) and is t-sixth in points (5).
Sven Baertschi has a goal in each of his last two games and three points (2-1=3).
Luongo has a 9-0-0 record, a 1.31 GAA, .954 SV% and two shutouts, over his last nine games.
Emerson Etem, acquired Friday in a trade with the New York Rangers, will make his Vancouver debut.
Jared McCann to play tonight, even though he missed the morning skate in place of Adam Cracknell.
In their last game, Vancouver lost for the third time on their 7-game home stand against the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night at Rogers Place, 3-2 in overtime.
Bo Horvat, had a goal and an assist ; and Sven Baertschi, a power play goal, in the losing effort. Vancouver is now 5-3-1 in their last nine games. And 8-8-4 at home this season.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 32 of 35 shots in his 7th straight start, for a Sv% of .914.
Markstrom is now, 4-4-2 in his last 10 games, with a GAA of 2.12 and a Sv% of .929. On the home stand, he is 3-2-1, with a GAA of 2.42 and Sv% of .921.
In their previous game, Vancouver led by Bo Horvat’s two goals, including the winner on the power play with 1:06 remaining in regulation, defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. Sven Baertschi, with a goal on his return to the lineup, also scored for Vancouver.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 of 28 shots in his 6th straight start, for a Sv% of .929.
Vancouver has a 4-4-4 record against the Atlantic division opponents and 8-8-5 record against the Eastern Conference overall.
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.
This morning the Canucks tweeted that Willie Desjardins feels that both Sbisa and Sutter are close to returning to the lineup.
Sbisa is ahead of Sutter and Sutter is very close. “They’ll both be with us at some point on our trip”
Vancouver sits in 3rd place in the Pacific division with 42 points, 4 points behind Arizona in 2nd place. They are 13 points behind Los Angeles; a point in front of Anaheim. They are two points ahead of San Jose and Calgary; 5 points in front of Edmonton.
San Jose has 3 games in hand on Vancouver; Anaheim and Calgary 2 games each in hand on the Canucks; Los Angeles and Arizona have played one less game each than Vancouver.
The Panthers come into the game having played the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night at Rexall Place, in the first game of their three game Western Canada road trip, where they extended their consecutive winning streak to 12 games, with a 2-1 victory.
Jaromir Jagr scored his 15 goal of the season unassisted; Jonathan Huberdeau scored the winner.
Goalie Al Montoya recorded his 50th career win, stopping 24 of 25 shot for a .960 Sv%.
Al Montoya now sports a 7-1-1 record this season, with a 1.67 GAA and 0.944 SV%.
Florida previously defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 last Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre. Reilly Smith had a goal, Jonathan Huberdeau had two helpers; Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck also scored.
Roberto Luongo stopped 30 of 32 shots and had a .938 Sv%; and had his career-best ninth consecutive win.
Current Florida injuries: Dave Bolland (lower body) is day-to-day. Steven Kampfer (lower body) and Marc Savard (post-concussion syndrome) are on the injured reserve list.
Florida is 3-4-1 against Pacific Division opponents and have a 8-6-1 record against the Western Conference overall.
The Panthers sit in 1rst place in the Atlantic division of the Eastern Conference, with 56 points, 5 points ahead of Detroit; 6 points ahead of Montreal; 7 points in front of Boston.
FLORIDA 12-GAME WINNING STREAK
Florida became the first NHL team to ever win 12 consecutive games, after missing the playoffs the previous season, when they defeated Edmonton last night.
The Panthers are making it difficult to lose, as they have shown during their team record 12 game winning streak: 12-0-0, 38 goals for (3.17 G/gm) and 15 goals against (1.25 G/gm).
The Panthers have given up 9 goals in their past 8 games and 15 goals during their winning streak, which is the longest in the NHL this season, and the longest since the Boston Bruins won 12 games in a row during the 2013-14 season (March 2-22), according to NHL.com.
- Power play is 5 for 43, 11.6 percent;
- Penalty kill is 36 for 41, 87.8 percent.
- Face-off win percentage is 47.8 percent.
- The penalty kill is above their season average of 82 percent;
- Power play below their season average of 16.8.
- Face-off win percentage is below their season average of 48.8 percent.
The Panthers have also set a franchise record for consecutive road wins with 6. During that stretch they have:
- 22 GF (3.67 G/gm) & 6 GA (1.00 G/gm)
- 19.5 SF/gm; 27.2 SA/gm)
- Their power play is 1 for 14, 7.1 percent (below season average of 8.9%)
- Penalty kill is 19 for 21, 90.5 percent (above season average of 84.8%)
- Face-off win percentage is 50.3 percent (above season average of 48.4%)
Over the 12-game streak dating back to Dec. 15, Aleksander Barkov leads Florida with six goals and 14 points. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the club with 11 assists. Florida has allowed the least amount of
goals in the NHL (15) over their 12-game winning streak. The Panthers have outscored their opponents 38-15 over their last 12 games.
FLORIDA PANTHER NOTES
Florida has won a franchise record 12 consecutive games. Over the 12-game span, the Panthers have won six consecutive home games and six consecutive road games.
With a win last night in Edmonton, Florida set a new franchise record for consecutive road wins (6) and set a franchise record for consecutive games with a point (13 games, 9-0-4)
- Florida owns a 11-2-0 record over their last 13 road games.
- The Panthers have allowed 9 goals over their last 8 games.
Florida owns a 17-0-1 record when scoring at least three goals and a 22-3-2 record when scoring first. Florida has scored 3+ goals in six of their last eight games.
- Florida ranks first in the NHL for least goals allowed in the first period (19) and for least goals allowed this season (88).
- Bo Horvat has 4 goals, 1 assist in his last three home games, including 2 power play goals.
- Canucks are averaging 2.36 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 are 192 by the 1998-99 Canucks.
- In his last 10 home games, Horvat has a FOW% of 55.9 percent (95 FOW and 75 FOL); 21 shots, 10 hits, 8 takeaways, 7 blocked shots; 2 PPG; 5 PTS (4 G-1 A=5PTS); and a 19.0 shooting percentage.
- Canucks penalty kill is a killer at 25 for 28, 89.3 percent in their last 10 home games. And 31 for 37 in their last 10 games overall, 83.8 percent.
- Vancouver has points in 11 of its last 19 (7-8-4=18 pts) & 14 of its last 25 games (9-11-5=23 pts).
- Vancouver is 6 for 49 in their last 17 games overall since December 1, 2015, with the man advantage (5 for 34 at home in 10 games since December 1).
The Panthers organization contains a number of former Canucks, including former goaltender Roberto Luongo who posted a record of 252-137-50 and 38 shutouts and former defencemen Dale Tallon (44-93-137 in 222 GP) and Willie Mitchell (10-48-58 in 264). Florida’s Assistant Coach Mike Kelly also served as an Assistant Coach with the Canucks and their AHL affiliate the Manitoba Moose (2005-08).
Captain Henrik Sedin is 8 games played from tying Trevor Linden (1140) for most games played in a Canucks uniform. Henrik has skated in 1,132 career regular season games and also ranks first in franchise history in points (949), assists (729), and plus/minus (+224).
Daniel Sedin is 2 goals from tying Markus Naslund (346) for first all-time in franchise goals. In the goals department, Daniel ranks first in franchise history in power play goals (120), game-winning goals (76), and overtime goals (13). He is also 5 shots from becoming the first and only Canucks player in history to register 3,000 in his career.
Vancouver has had 140 power play opportunities to date, the sixth most of any team in the League; 69 of these opportunities have been drawn on the road (t-fourth in the NHL).
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Canucks head out on a 6-game road trip visiting Eastern Conference opponents:
- Thursday, January 14 against the Washington Captials;
- Friday, January 15 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
- Sunday, January 17 against the New York Islanders
- Tuesday, January 19 against the New York Rangers
- Thursday, January 21 against the Boston Bruins
- Saturday, January 23 against the Pittsburgh Penguins
Their next home game will be Tuesday, January 26 against the Nashville Predators.
COMING INTO TONIGHT…….
BO HORVAT (4-1-5 / 3 Games)
CANUCKS AND NHL PLAYERS STATS:
- Alex Edler is tied for 17th in the NHL in TOI/G with 24:36.
- Jannick Hansen is tied for 23rd in the NHL in plus/minus with a +11.
- Daniel Sedin is tied for 37th in the NHL in plus/minus with a +10
- Henrik Sedin is tied for 40th 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 13th in the NHL in negative plus/minus with a -13.
- Daniel Sedin is tied for 11th in NHL scoring with 38 points (17-21=38).
- Henrik Sedin is tied for 26th in NHL scoring with 34 points (9-25=34).
- Henrik Sedin is tied for 8th in the NHL in assists with 25.
- Derek Dorsett is tied for 49th in NHL hits with 93.
- Chris Tanev is 7th in the NHL in blocked shots with 98.
- Alex Edler is tied for 13th in the NHL in blocked shots with 92.
- Radim Vrbata is tied for 8th in the NHL in shots on goal with 144.
- Daniel Sedin is tied for 8th in the NHL in shots on goal with 144.
- Jacob Markstrom is 13th in the NHL with least goals allowed (10 games or more), with 34.
- Jacob Markstrom is 24rth in the NHL in GAA with 2.48 (13 games or more played).
- Jacob Markstrom is tied for18th 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 16th in the NHL in shots faced with 836.
- Ryan Miller is 17th in the NHL in saves made with 760.
- Brandon Prust is 14th in the NHL with 57 penalty minutes.
- Derek Dorsett is 1rst in the NHL with most penalty minutes with 110.
- Derek Dorsett is tied for 5th most minor penalties in the NHL with 20.
- Derek Dorsett is tied for 2nd in the NHL in roughing penalties with 8.
- Derek Dorsett is tied for 1rst in the NHL in misconducts with 4.
- Derek Dorsett is tied for 3rd most fighting majors in the NHL with 6.
- Brandon Prust is tied for 2nd in the NHL in fighting majors with 7.
- Alex Edler is tied for 21rst in the NHL in missed shots with 52.
- Radim Vrbata is tied for 36th in the NHL in missed shots with 46.
- Daniel Sedin is tied for 36th in the NHL in missed shots with 46.
- Henrik Sedin is 42nd in the NHL in shooting percentage with 17.3 percent
- Jared McCann is tied for 18th in the NHL in rookie points with 11 (7-4=11)
- Jared McCann is tied for 10th in the NHL in rookie goals with 7.
- Jared McCann is 12th in the NHL in rookie shots on goal with 62.
- Ben Hutton is tied for 7th in the NHL in rookie assists with 10.
- Ben Hutton is 17th in the NHL in rookie shots on goal with 51.
- Ben Hutton is tied for 21rst in the NHL in rookie points with 10.
- Ben Hutton is 13th in the NHL in rookie TOI/G with 17:49.
- Ben Hutton is 11th in the NHL in rookie blocked shots with 35.
- Ben Hutton is tied for 7th in the NHL in rookie negative plus/minus with -7.
- Jake Virtanen is 11th in the NHL in rookie hits with 56.
GOALS BY PERIOD:
- Canucks are 25th in the NHL in goals scored with 99.
- Canucks are tied for 16th in the NHL in goals scored in 1rst periods with 30.
- Canucks are 27th in the NHL in goals scored in 2nd periods with 31.
- Canucks are tied for 18th in the NHL in goals scored in 3rd periods with 37.
- Canucks are 22nd in least goals against in the NHL with 116.
- Canucks are tied for 17th in the NHL in least goals against in 1rst periods with 32.
- Canucks are tied for 4rth in the NHL in least goals against in 2nd periods with 33.
- Canucks are tied for 21rst in the NHL in least goals against in 3rd periods with 43.
- Opponents have scored first in 26 of 42 games played, for a record of 14-8-4.
- Canucks have scored first in 16 of 42 games played, for a record of 8-2-6.
In the NHL, Vancouver is:
- 27th in hits with 783
- 15th in giveaways with 323
- 21rst in blocked shots with 548
- 25th in takeaways with 211
- 15th in total face-offs with 2542
- 29th in face-off wins with 1153
- 30th in face-off losses with 1389
- 20th in shots for with 1219
- 23rd in shots against with 1290
- 13th in missed shots with 465
LACK OF PRODUCTION:
- Ben Hutton, 35 games without a goal; plus/minus of -7
- Yannick Weber, 33 games without a goal; plus/minus of -14
- Chris Higgins, 22 games without a goal; plus/minus of -14
- Adam Cracknell, 22 games without a goal
- Alex Burrows, 20 games without a goal; plus/minus of -7
- Derek Dorsett, 1 goal in last 33 games played
- Brandon Prust, 1 goal in last 31 games played
- Bo Horvat, 4 goals in the last 30 games; plus/minus of -16
- Jared McCann, 1 goal in last 21 games played; plus/minus of -8
- Radim Vrbata, 1 goal in last 13 games played
- Chris Higgins, 1 assist in last 25 games played
- Brandon Prust, 1 assist in last 22 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, 1 point in last 14 games played; 2 points in last 20 games played
- Ben Hutton, 1 point in last 13 games played; 2 points in last 19 games played
THE ROAD TO 25:
The Canucks have never had a season without a 25-goal scorer. Who will it be this year?
- Daniel Sedin, 17 goals in 42 games played
- Jannick Hansen, 12 goals in 41 games played
- Radim Vrbata, 10 goals in 40 games played
- Henrik Sedin, 9 goals in 40 games played
- Jared McCann, 7 goals in 38 games played
- Sven Baertschi, 7 goals in 34 games played
WESTERN CONFERENCE WILD CARD STANDINGS
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS
2015-2016 VANCOUVER CANUCKS VS ALL TEAMS
CANUCKS PLAYER STATS
PANTHER PLAYER STATS
STATISTICS COURTESY OF THE NHL AND VANCOUVER CANUCKS