Canucks Visit Islanders Looking To Make It Two Wins Straight

CANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    January 17, 2016

 

The Vancouver Canucks (18-17-10) play the third game of their 6-game road trip tonight against the New York Islanders ( 20-18-7) at Barclays Center.

Vancouver are going after their second win of the road trip, after splitting games in Washington and Carolina.

The Islanders are looking to sweep their three game home stand as they host the Vancouver Canucks in the first of two meetings between the teams this season. 

Vancouver’s Bo Horvat has been red hot in 2016, and sits tied for 2nd place in NHL scoring with 9 points (6-3=9 PTS), courtesy of a 6 game points streak. He is also tied for the most goals in the New Year with his 6 goals, with Sam Bennett of the Calgary Flames.

RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 15: Bo Horvat #53 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates with teammates after scoring during an NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on January 15, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

RALEIGH, NC – JANUARY 15: Bo Horvat #53 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates with teammates after scoring during an NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on January 15, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Canucks are 7-3-2 in their last 12 games; and 3-1-1 on the road in their last 5 games.

Vancouver is 10-9-5 against Eastern Conference teams; and 5-5-1 against the Metropolitan division.

Luca Sbisa, Jannick Hansen and Derek Dorsett, are expected to be in the lineup tonight. Ryan Miller gets the starts against the Islanders.

Sbisa has missed 18 games since December 3rd with an injured hand; Jannick Hansen missed 4 games since January 6th with an upper body injury; Dorsett missed last game due to the flu.

Ryan Miller is 10-12-6 this season with an 2.75 GAA and .910 Sv%. In his last 10 games, he is 3-5-2, with an 3.22 GAA and .905 Sv%.

In their last game, Carolina took Vancouver to overtime, but in the end, the game would belong to the Canucks, as they would take their third consecutive season sweep of the Hurricanes; snap Carolina’s consecutive winning streak at 5 games; win their third overtime game, in their last 9 games; and win their first game of the road trip, defeating Carolina, 3-2 in OT.

Bo Horvat, with his second goal of the game, and 8th goal of the season, would put the game away for Vancouver in the overtime, at 3:25.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at 20 years, 256 days old, Bo Horvat became the second-youngest player in Canucks history to score a regular-season overtime goal. The youngest: Tony Tanti (20 years, 198 days) on March 23, 1984 at Winnipeg (4-3 OT win).

Source: Vancouver Canucks Twitter

Linden Vey would also score; four different Canucks received assists; and Jacob Markstrom, stopped 38 of 40 shots, for a .950 Sv%.

Bo Horvat’s points streak went to 6 games (6-3=9), while Radim Vrbata took his points streak to 3 games (1-2=3).

Markstrom in his last 9 starts has a record of 6-2-1, and a goals against average of 2.15; and a .930 Sv% during that stretch.

RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 15: Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Vancouver Canucks goes down in the crease to protect the net while teammate Alexander Edler #23 defends and Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks to deflect the puck as it goes just wide of the goal during an NHL game at PNC Arena on January 15, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

RALEIGH, NC – JANUARY 15: Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Vancouver Canucks goes down in the crease to protect the net while teammate Alexander Edler #23 defends and Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks to deflect the puck as it goes just wide of the goal during an NHL game at PNC Arena on January 15, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

CANUCKS JOTTINGS

  • In 2016, so far:
    • Bo Horvat has 9 points in 7 games (6-3=9)
      • Horvat has scored 40% of the Canucks’ goals in this span.
    • Henrik Sedin has 4 points in 7 games (0-4=4)
    • Sven Baertschi has 4 points in 5 games (2-2=4)
    • Chris Tanev has 4 points in 7 games (1-3=4)
    • Daniel Sedin has 3 goals in 7 games.
  • Canucks record in 2016:
    • 4-2-1=9 PTS in  7 games played (tied for 8th best in the NHL)
    • They have 15 goals for; 17 goals against.
    • They are 5 for 19 on the power play for 26.3 percent (6th best in the NHL)
    • Their penalty killing is 13 for 16, 81.3 (tied for 12th best in the NHL)
    • Face-off winning percentage is 42.5 percent.
  • 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. 
  • Canucks penalty kill is a killer at 22 for 26, 84.6 percent in their last 6 road games. And 37 for 50 in their last road 12 games, 74 percent.
  • Vancouver’s power play is 1 for 14, 7.1 percent  in their last 8 road games.
  • Vancouver has points in 13 of its last 22 (9-9-4=22 pts) & 18 of its last 32 games (12-14-6=30 pts).
  • Vancouver has scored a power play goal in five straight games, where they have had at least one man advantage; they have gone 5 for 16 during that stretch, 31.3 percent.

The Canucks sit in 4rth place with 46 points in the Pacific division, led by the Los Angeles Kings, who have 57 points. The Canucks are 2 points out of 3rd; and 3 points out of 2nd place. Vancouver is 1 point in front of Anaheim; and 2 points ahead of Calgary.

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In their last game, the Islanders Brock Nelson and Nick Leddy scored goals  early in the third period, as the Islanders rallied from behind 1-0 for a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers at home. It was only the 2nd time in the last six seasons (154-2-6) that the Rangers had lost a game in regulation after leading through 40 minutes.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 34 shots, and improved to 11-8-3 this season.

New York is 15-7-2 at home and 9-8-3 on the road; and are 6-2-0 vs. the Pacific Division.

The Islanders in their last 7 home games are 4-3-0. In those games, their penalty killing is 20 for 21, 95.2 percent; and their power play, 4 for 27, 14.8 percent. They have given up 22 goals and scored 22 goals.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS NOTES

  • The Islanders are a perfect 16-of-16 over the last four games.
  • Since November 25th, New York has killed 35 of 36 at home.
  • The Islanders are 15-7-2 on home-ice (32 points).  In the past 28 seasons,  New York has earned more than 32 points in the first 24 home games only once (36 in first 24 at home last season).
  • The game against Vancouver is one of a ten game stretch in which the Isles will play eight times at home.  The Isles are 3-2-0 in this stretch.
  • The Islanders are 14-3-3 when they score at least one power play goal and 10-12-2 when they do not.
  • New York is 7-6-1 when they allow at least one power play goal and 17-9-4 when they do not.
  • The Islanders are 16-3-2 when they score first and are 8-12-3 when they allow the opening goal.   
  • In 2016, so far:
    • Brock Nelson has 7 points in 6 games (5-2=7)
    • Kyle Okposo has 6 points in 6 games (3-3=6)
    • Nick Leddy has 4 points in 6 games (2-2=4)

In the tight Metropolitan division, except for top spot held by the Washington Capitals, positions 2nd thru 7th are wide open for the taking, and the Islanders have been in the thick of things most of the season in battling for one of three playoff spots in the division. They are tied for 2nd with their New York rivals, the Rangers, with 53 points each, 16 points behind division leading Washington.

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN

The Canucks  6-game road trip will be visiting Eastern Conference opponents:

  • Thursday, January 14 against the Washington Captials: 1-4 Loss
  • Friday, January 15 against the Carolina Hurricanes: 3-2 Win
  • Today, 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

VANCOUVER CANUCKS ADVANCED STATISTICS

JANUARY 1, 2015  TO  JANUARY 15, 2015

EVEN STRENGTH 5V5

ALL TEAM STRENGTHS

  • PDO=On-IceSavePercentagePlusOn-IceShotPercentage
  • CF%=100*CorsitFor/(CorsiFor+CorsiAgainst)
  • CF=Shot Attempts For
  • CA=Shot Attempts Against
  • Shot Attempts=shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots
  • FO%=Face-off winning percentage
  • ZSO%=Fraction of Offensive vs Defensive Zone Starts
  • CP60=Corsi Events, For And Against, Per 60 Minutes
  • OFOn%=On-Ice Unblocked Shot Attempts On Goal
  • OSh%=On-Ice Shooting Percentage
  • OSv%=One-Ice Save Percentage

WESTERN CONFERENCE WILD CARD STANDINGS

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS

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2015-2016 VANCOUVER CANUCKS VS ALL TEAMS

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CANUCKS PLAYER STATS

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ISLANDER PLAYER STATS

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STATISTICS COURTESY OF THE NHL AND VANCOUVER CANUCKS

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