CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff January 14, 2016
The Vancouver Canucks (17-16-10) play the first game of a 6-game road trip tonight against the Washington Capitals ( 32-7-3) tonight at Verizon Center.
Canucks mission, as self serving as it is, once again, end the Capitals 10 consecutive game winning streak at Verizon Center.
In their last game, Vancouver would once again be spoilers to a team coming into Rogers Place on a long consecutive winning streak (first victim this season, the Montreal Canadians).
The Florida Panthers on Monday night, in an exciting game, had their 12 consecutive game winning streak come to an end, in unlucky game “13”, as the Canucks, in a come from behind win, defeated Florida 3-2 in overtime.
Jacob Markstrom, the Sedins and the youngsters, led the way. Daniel Sedin had two goals, including the overtime winner; Jake Virtanen, with his first goal since returning to the lineup on Saturday night against Tampa Bay; Henrik Sedin with two assists; and Jacob Markstrom, stopped 26 of 28 shots for a .929 Sv%.
Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi had their point streaks continue, with an assist each on Jake Virtanen’s goal. Horvat now has 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games; Baertschi, 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 games.
Daniel Sedin will set a Canucks record with his next goal as he tied Markus Naslund on Monday night with his 346th goal all-time for the Canucks.
Breaking Washington’s home consecutive winning streak, would give Vancouver their 7th win in 11 games (6-2-2 in last 10) and their 3rd win on the road in their last four games (2-0-1 in last 3) tonight.
In the Canucks last 6-game road trip in December, Vancouver was 2-3-1, with 11 goals for and 20 goals against. The power play was 0 for 11, while their penalty kill was 21 for 28 (75%). And their face-off win percentage stunk at 39.3 percent.
Vancouver started that road trip with three straight losses before turning things around in the final three games, going 2-0-1, getting 5 out of a possible 6 points, coming back home to begin a long 7 game home stand, in which they were 4-2-1.
The Canucks are looking for better performances from the players on this road trip, and desperately need two point wins, not single point losses. Been there. Done that. Time to rack up wins.
In their last game, the Capitals defeated the Ottawa Senators 7-1 on Sunday to improve their record to 32-7-3 this season, tops in the NHL in points and wins.
Washington’s 32-7-3 record makes it the team’s best start, in points and wins, in franchise history.
Washington are the sixth team in NHL history to win 32 or more of their first 42 games in a season, joining Boston (1929-30: 36), Montreal (1944-45: 33), Chicago (2012-13: 33), San Jose (2008-09: 32) and Pittsburgh (2012-13: 32).
Ryan Miller will start tonight for the Canucks against the Capitals. It will be his first start since his December 20 start against the Florida Panthers, when he left the game with a groin injury. Miller dressed as the backup the last two games.
The Canucks will have to find a way to neutralize Alex Ovechkin, who recently reached the 500 goal club. When asked about Ovechkin’s ability to score any where in the offensive end on Wednesday, Ryan Miller had this to say:
It’s usualy defense by committee with him out there. Everybody needs to be challenging him; everybody needs to be aware of it
Forward Jannik Hansen and defenseman Luca Sbisa skated at practice Wednesday and each is close to returning to the lineup, coach Willie Desjardins said.
Hansen has missed the past two games with an upper-body injury; Sbisa has missed 17 straight with a hand injury.
- Bo Horvat has 4 goals, 2 assists in his last four games, including 2 power play goals.
- 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 are 192 by the 1998-99 Canucks.
- In his last 12 games, Horvat has a FOW% of 51.4 percent (131 FOW and 124 FOL); 21 shots, 10 hits, 5 takeaways, 11 blocked shots; 2 PPG; 3 PPP; 8 PTS (4 G-4 A=8 PTS); and a 16.0 shooting percentage.
- Canucks penalty kill is a killer at 26 for 29, 89.7 percent in their last 11 home games. And 32 for 38 in their last 11 games overall, 84.2 percent.
- Vancouver has points in 12 of its last 20 (8-8-4=20 pts) & 15 of its last 26 games (10-11-5=25 pts).
- Vancouver is 7 for 53, 13.2 percent in their last 18 games overall since December 1, 2015, with the man advantage (6 for 38, 15.8 percent at home in 11 games since December 1).
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 tied Markus Naslund (346) for first all-time in franchise goals on January 11 against Florida. In the goals department, Daniel ranks first in franchise history in power play goals (121), game-winning goals (77), and overtime goals (14).
Vancouver has had 144 power play opportunities to date, tied for the 4rth most of any team in the League; 69 of these opportunities have been drawn on the road, tied for 9th in the NHL.
- The Canucks begin their seventh of 13 back-to-back series this season with tonight’s game versus Washington. Thus far, the Canucks have gone 5-4-3 in six previous series this season including a record of 2-3-1 in the first game and 3-1-2 in the second game. Last season, Vancouver played in 12 back-to-back series. They posted a 15-8-1 record in those series going 10-2-0 in the first game and 5-6-1 in the second game.
- Henrik and Daniel Sedin have played in 590 wins together. They have been Vancouver’s top two scorers every season since 2006.07. According to ESB, since 1990.91 the only pairs of teammates to play in more wins together are Niklas Lidstrom and Kris Draper (664); and Lidstrom and
Tomas Holmstrom (599).
- Alex Edler is 1 game from surpassing Garth Butcher in 13th (610) for most games played in franchise history
- Henrik Sedin is 2 ppg from tying Ryan Kesler (61) for ninth all-time in franchise ppg
- Alex Edler is 2 goals from tying Sami Salo (74) for third all-time amongst defencemen in franchise goals
- According to Elias Sports, with their win on Jan. 11 vs FLA, the Canucks became the first NHL team to end streak of two opponents, each streak of 9+ games, before Feb. 1 of a season
- Vancouver has scored a power play goal in four straight games; they have gone 4 for 13 during that stretch
The Canucks sit in 4rth place of the Pacific division of the Western Conference, tied for 3rd place with San Jose, with 44 points. Canucks are 4 points behind Arizona who occupy 2nd place and with Los Angeles in top spot, 13 points ahead of Vancouver. Anaheim is in 5th place, with 43 points; Calgary in 6th with 42 points. Edmonton is in 7th and last spot, with 38 points.
The Capitals aim for a fifth straight win in their first game against a Western Conference opponent since Dec. 5.
“I’m looking forward to the Canucks,” says Caps coach Barry Trotz. “They’re playing really well right now. They come hard. They’re a hard team, they forecheck hard. They’ve got a good power play. The Sedins I’ve seen, [and they’ve] been fantastic for years and it will be good to play someone out of the conference we don’t know that well, so we’ll spend some time trying to dissect them a little bit.”
It’s been more than a month since the Capitals have faced a Western Conference opponent, and it’s been 50 days since the Caps have entertained a Western club at Verizon Center.
Braden Holtby will start in goal for the Capitals.
Braden Holtby is 19-0-1 with two shutouts, a 1.80 GAA and a .938 save pct. when the Capitals are playing on one day’s rest. Alex Ovechkin has scored 17 goals (of his total of 26) in the 22 such games in which he has played.
The Capitals are at the top of the league and the Metropolitan division, with 67 points. They have a comfortable 16 point lead on the New York Rangers and Islanders, who occupy 2nd and 3rd place with 51 points each. New Jersey, with 47 points and Pittsburgh with 46 points, sit in 4th and 5th positions respectively. Philadelphia and Carolina, are in 6th and 7th spots, with 45 points each. Columbus brings up 8 and last place, with 36 points.
CAPITALS 10-GAME HOME WINNING STREAK
- Washington has won 10 consecutive games at Verizon Center (11/21-1/10), marking the second-longest home winning streak in the NHL this season (Calgary: 11) and the Capitals longest home winning streak since they won a franchise-record 13 consecutive games during the 2009-10 season (1/5/10-3/6/10: 13-0-0).
- Washington has outscored its opponents 41-18 in its last 10 home games and is 12 for 32 (37.5%) on the power play during that span.
- Capitals are 16-3-1 at home this season and have earned a point in 14 of their last 15 games at home (10/30-1/10: 13-1-1).
- Washington leads the NHL in home point percentage (.825), ranks second in goals per game (3.35), goals against per game (2.05) and power-play percentage (30.6), seventh in penalty kill percentage (86.8%), ninth in shots per game (32.2) and tied for ninth in shots against per game (27.5) at home this season.
- Goaltender Braden Holtby ranks second in the NHL in wins (14), goals against average (1.88) and save percentage (.931) on home ice. Alex Ovechkin ranks tied for second in the NHL in goals (16) at home and leads the team in home points (22).
WASHINGTON CAPITALS NOTES
- Forward Marcus Johansson returns to the lineup after missing two games as the result of a suspension for an illegal check.
- Defenseman Brooks Orpik, who hasn’t played since Nov. 10 because of a lower-body injury, resumed skating Wednesday.
- Ovechkin has five goals in his past three games.
- The Capitals host the Vancouver Canucks at Verizon Center on Thursday in the second and final meeting between the teams this season. Washington defeated Vancouver 3-2 on Oct. 22 in the team’s last meeting. The Capitals are 41-39-9-1 all-time against the Canucks and 24-17-4-0 at home against Vancouver.
- Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 23 saves on Jan. 9 against the Rangers to earn his 128th NHL/Capitals win, tying Don Beaupre for second place on the franchise wins list. Holtby has posted a 19-0-2 record in his last 22 games with two shutouts, a 1.89 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Holtby is the fourth goaltender in the last 20 seasons to post a point streak of 20 games or more, joining Chris Osgood (1995-96: 19-0-2), Jose Theodore (2009-10: 20-0-3) and Roberto Luongo (2010-11: 16-0-5).
- The Capitals have posted an 11-0-2 record against Canadian teams this season and a 6-0-1 record at home against teams from Canada. In addition, Washington has outscored Canadian teams 46-25 this season and has earned a point in 15 straight games against Canadian opponents dating back to last season (12-0-3).
- The Capitals scored two power-play goals on Sunday against Ottawa, marking the 10th time this season Washington has scored two or more power-play goals in a game. In addition, Washington is 20-0-2 this season in games when it scores a power-play goal. The Capitals are 34 for 128 (26.6%) on the power play this season, ranking second in the NHL.
- Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner has played in 418 consecutive games (10/8/10-01/10/16), marking the second-longest consecutive games played streak in franchise history. Alzner sits five games shy of passing Bob Carpenter (422) for first place.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Canucks 6-game road trip will be visiting Eastern Conference opponents:
- Tonight, 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
COMING INTO TONIGHT…….
BO HORVAT (4-1-5 / 3 Games)
CANUCKS AND NHL PLAYERS STATS:
- Alex Edler is tied for 16th in the NHL in TOI/G with 24:35.
- Jannick Hansen is tied for 32rd in the NHL in plus/minus with a +11.
- Daniel Sedin is tied for 32nd in the NHL in plus/minus with a +11
- Henrik Sedin is tied for 32nd in the NHL in plus/minus with a +11.
- Bo Horvat is tied for 1rst in the NHL in negative plus/minus with a -20.
- Radim Vrbata is tied for 6th in the NHL in negative plus/minus with a -14.
- Daniel Sedin is tied for 11th in NHL scoring with 40 points (19-21=40).
- Henrik Sedin is tied for 24th in NHL scoring with 36 points (9-27=36).
- Henrik Sedin is tied for 7th in the NHL in assists with 27.
- Derek Dorsett is tied for 49th in NHL hits with 95.
- Chris Tanev is 7th in the NHL in blocked shots with 99.
- Alex Edler is 14th in the NHL in blocked shots with 92.
- Radim Vrbata is tied for 11th in the NHL in shots on goal with 145.
- Daniel Sedin is 8th in the NHL in shots on goal with 149.
- Jacob Markstrom is 8th in the NHL with least goals allowed (13 games or more), with 36.
- Jacob Markstrom is tied for 22nd in the NHL in GAA with 2.48 (13 games or more played).
- Jacob Markstrom is tied for16th in the NHL in Sv% with .920 (13 games or more played).
- Ryan Miller is 10th in the NHL in goals allowed with 76.
- Ryan Miller is 17th in the NHL in shots faced with 836.
- Ryan Miller is 17th in the NHL in saves made with 760.
- Ryan Miller is tied for 33rd in the NHL in GAA with 2.74 (13 games or more played).
- Ryan Miller is tied for 33rd in the NHL in Sv% with .909 (13 games or more played).
- Brandon Prust is tied for 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 6th most minor penalties in the NHL with 20.
- Alex Edler is tied for 7th in the NHL for most minor penalties with 19.
- 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 most fighting majors with 7.
- Alex Edler is tied for 23rd in the NHL in missed shots with 52.
- Radim Vrbata is tied for 43rd in the NHL in missed shots with 46.
- Daniel Sedin is tied for 43rd in the NHL in missed shots with 46.
- Henrik Sedin is 44rth 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 11th in the NHL in rookie goals with 7.
- Jared McCann is tied for 12th in the NHL in rookie shots on goal with 67.
- Ben Hutton has the 7th most rookie assists in the NHL with 10.
- Ben Hutton is 17th in the NHL in rookie shots on goal with 52.
- 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 17:50.
- Ben Hutton is 11th in the NHL in rookie blocked shots with 35.
- Ben Hutton is tied for 6th in the NHL in rookie negative plus/minus with -7.
- Jake Virtanen is 13th in the NHL in rookie hits with 59.
GOALS BY PERIOD:
- Canucks are 24th in the NHL in goals scored with 102.
- Canucks are tied for 18th in the NHL in goals scored in 1rst periods with 30.
- Canucks are tied for 26th in the NHL in goals scored in 2nd periods with 32.
- Canucks are tied for 18th in the NHL in goals scored in 3rd periods with 38.
- Canucks are 22nd in least goals against in the NHL with 118.
- Canucks are tied for 21rst in the NHL in least goals against in 1rst periods with 34.
- Canucks are tied for 3rd 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 27 of 43 games played, for a record of 14-9-4.
- Canucks have scored first in 16 of 43 games played, for a record of 8-2-6.
In the NHL, Vancouver is:
- tied for 27th in hits with 801
- 15th in giveaways with 333
- 21rst in blocked shots with 557
- 25th in takeaways with 217
- 15th in total face-offs with 2608
- 30th in face-off wins with 1179
- 30th in face-off losses with 1429
- 16th in shots for with 1249
- tied for 22nd in shots against with 1318
- 12th in missed shots with 470
LACK OF PRODUCTION:
- Ben Hutton, 36 games without a goal; plus/minus of -7
- Yannick Weber, 34 games without a goal; plus/minus of -14
- Adam Cracknell, 22 games without a goal
- Alex Biega, 18 games without a goal
- Alex Burrows, 21 games without a goal; plus/minus of -7
- Derek Dorsett, 1 goal in last 34 games played
- Brandon Prust, 1 goal in last 32 games played
- Bo Horvat, 4 goals in the last 31 games; plus/minus of -17
- Jared McCann, 1 goal in last 22 games played; plus/minus of -8
- Luca Sbisa, 1 goal in 18 games played
- Radim Vrbata, 1 goal in last 14 games played
- Brandon Prust, 1 assist in last 23 games played
- Chris Tanev, 2 assists in last 26 games played
- Alex Edler, 1 point in last 12 games played; plus/minus of -3
- Yannick Weber, 1 point in last 15 games played; 2 points in last 21 games played
- Ben Hutton, 1 point in last 14 games played; 2 points in last 20 games played
- Matt Bartkowski, 2 goals in 42 games played
- Chris Tanev, 2 goals in 39 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, 19 goals in 43 games played
- Jannick Hansen, 12 goals in 41 games played
- Radim Vrbata, 10 goals in 41 games played
- Henrik Sedin, 9 goals in 41 games played
- Jared McCann, 7 goals in 31 games played
- Sven Baertschi, 7 goals in 35 games played
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