CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff January 19, 2016
The Vancouver Canucks (19-17-10) play the fourth game of their 6-game road trip tonight against the New York Rangers ( 24-16-5) at Madison Square Garden.
The Canucks face off against the Rangers for the second of two meetings this season. Vancouver won the first meeting 2-1 on Dec. 9/15 at Rogers Arena. The Canucks are 5-5-0 against the Rangers in their last 10 games played, dating back to the 2007-08 season.
Vancouver are going for their third win of the road trip, after losing in Washington and defeating Carolina in overtime, and the Islanders in a shoot out.
The Rangers are looking for their 17 win at home in 24 games (16-5-2 in 23 home games). They have earned at least one point in 7 of their last 10 games (5-4-1), including 5 of their last 8 games (4-3-1) and 4 of their last 6 contests (3-2-1).
Vancouver’s Bo Horvat has been red hot in 2016, and sits tied for 5th place in NHL scoring with 9 points (6-3=9 PTS), courtesy of points in 6 of this last 7 games of the year. He is also tied for the most goals in the New Year with his 6 goals, with four others.
Henrik Sedin left the game in the first period of the last game, with an upper body injury, and would not return for the rest of the game. He will be evaluated but will miss the rest of the road trip, and may not return to the lineup until after the All-Star game break.
“It’s probably a 10-day injury. I think he’ll be back after the All Star break,” coach Willie Desjardins said.
The Canucks are 8-3-2 in their last 13 games; and 4-1-1 on the road in their last 6 games.
Vancouver is 11-9-5 against Eastern Conference teams; and 6-5-1 against the Metropolitan division.
The Rangers have a 6-2-1 record against Pacific Division opponents, including a 5-0-0 record against Pacific Division opponents at MSG. The Rangers have also a 17-4-2 record against Pacific Division opponents since the start of last season.
Ryan Miller is expected to get his second consecutive start. He is 11-12-6 this season with an 2.68 GAA and .913 Sv%. In his last 9 games, he is 4-4-1, with an 2.95 GAA and .919 Sv%.
Jake Virtanen and Adam Cracknell , who were scratched Sunday against the Islanders, are expected to return to the lineup.
In their last game, the Islanders took Vancouver to overtime, with a last minute goal in regulation, and then with nothing settled, both teams ended up in a shoot out, where Radim Vrbata would score the only goal between the two teams, as the Canucks would win their 4rth shoot out game of the season, and win their second game of the road trip, defeating New York, 2-1 in SO.
Ben Hutton, with his first goal in the NHL in the second period; and Ryan Miller, who stopped 47 of 48 shots for a .979 Sv%, along with Vrbata’s shoot out goal, led the team effort, for the Canucks.
Radim Vrbata’s shoot out goal was his 41st shootout goal of his career to place him in a tie for first place in League history. Luca Sbisa recorded a game high five hits.
Miller stopped 47 of 48 shots, for a .979 Sv%, and extended his lead for most shootout wins in League history by three (55 career).
Bo Horvat’s points streak ended at 6 games (6-3=9), while Radim Vrbata’s points streak also ended, at 3 games (1-2=3).
- In 2016, so far:
- Bo Horvat has 9 points in 8 games (6-3=9)
- Horvat has scored 37.5% of the Canucks’ goals in this span.
- Henrik Sedin has 4 points in 8 games (0-4=4)
- Sven Baertschi has 4 points in 6 games (2-2=4)
- Chris Tanev has 4 points in 8 games (1-3=4)
- Daniel Sedin has 4 points in 8 games (3-1=4)
- Daniel Sedin has 3 goals in 8 games.
- Bo Horvat has 9 points in 8 games (6-3=9)
- Canucks record in 2016:
- 5-2-1=11 PTS in 8 games played (tied for 5th best in the NHL)
- They have 16 goals for; 18 goals against.
- They are 5 for 23 on the power play for 21.7 percent (9th best in the NHL)
- Their penalty killing is 16 for 19, 84.2 ( 14th best in the NHL)
- Face-off winning percentage is 43.2 percent.
- Canucks are averaging 2.33 goals per game. For an 82 game schedule the estimate is Vancouver will finish with 191 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 25 for 29, 86.2 percent in their last 7 road games. And 40 for 53 in their last road 13 games, 75.5 percent.
- Vancouver’s power play is 1 for 18, 5.6 percent in their last 9 road games.
- Vancouver has points in 14 of its last 23 (10-9-4=24 pts) & 19 of its last 33 games (13-14-6=32 pts).
- Vancouver had scored a power play goal in five straight games, where they have had at least one man advantage; they were 5 for 16 during that stretch, 31.3 percent, which ended against the Islanders.
- Canucks power play is 5 for 20 in their last 6 games, for 25 percent.
Radim Vrbata collected his 41st career shootout goal Jan. 17/16 at NYI. He shares the lead for most shootout goals in League history with Frans Nielsen. 13 of those have been GDG, which ranks t-9th in League history.
Alex Edler leads the team in time on ice per game (24:35) and has led the team in that category in 41 of 45 games he’s played, including 21 games where he’s led all skaters in TOI. He currently ranks 17th in the NHL in TOI/GP.
Chris Tanev leads the team and ranks seventh in the League in blocked shots with 103. His defence partner Alex Edler ranks t-11th in the NHL with 97 blocked shots.
Canucks players aged 23 or younger that have appeared in the lineup thus far (Baertschi, Horvat, Hutton, Virtanen, McCann, Gaunce, Shinkaruk, and Etem) have accounted for 21.9% of points (63), 24.3% of goals (26), 20.4% of assists (37), and 22.3% of shots (296) for the team this season
The Canucks are in 4rth place in the Pacific division of the Western Conference, a point behind Arizona who occupy 3rd spot with 49 points. Vancouver are 2 points behind San Jose who are in 2nd, and 3 points in front of Anaheim and 11 points behind the 1rst place Los Angeles Kings.
In their last game, the Rangers’ Chris Kreider scored twice and backup goaltender Antti Raanta made 19 saves for the Rangers, against the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Center, but it wasn’t enough as they lost, 5-2. The loss ended a three-games-in-four-nights stretch on the road against division rivals–the Islanders, Flyers and Capitals–in which New York went 1-2-0.
It was Raanta’s first start for the Rangers in exactly one month to the day–his last start in Minnesota on December 17.
Henrik Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in six of his last nine appearances, including four of his last five appearances and each of his last three appearances. He has posted a 3-1-1 record, along with a 2.16 GAA and a .929 SV% in his last five appearances.
NEW YORK RANGERS NOTES
- The Rangers have earned at least one point in six of their last seven games against the Canucks, dating back to Jan. 13, 2011 (5-1-1).
- The Rangers have earned at least one point in 17 of their last 21 home games (15-4-2) and in 18 of 23 home games in 2015-16 (16-5-2).
- Dating back to last season, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 48 of their last 62 home contests (41-14-7), including 31 of their last 40 home games (27-9-4).
- The Rangers also rank third in the NHL in goals per game (3.22; 74 goals in 23 games) and lead the NHL in shooting percentage (11.9; 74 goals on 620 shots on goal) at home this season.
- At least one Rangers defenseman has tallied a point on 11 of the team’s last 13 goals, dating back to the third period on Jan. 5 vs. Dallas.
- New York ranks second in the NHL in goal differential at 5-on-5 this season (plus-24; 93-69).
- The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in five of their last 10 games and in 25 games this season. New York has posted a 20-3-2 record when allowing two goals or fewer in 2015-16.
- The Rangers have registered the first goal of the game in 22 contests this season and have posted a 17-3-2 record in those games.
- Lundqvist has also posted a 2-1-0 record, along with a 1.63 GAA and a .950 SV% (95 saves on 100 shots) in his last three appearances.
- Lundqvist is the first goaltender in NHL history to earn at least 20 wins in each of his first 11 seasons (2005-06 – 2015-16). By earning 20 or more wins in 11 seasons, Lundqvist established a Rangers record for the most 20-win seasons in franchise history. He is also the third goaltender in NHL history to earn 20 or more wins in at least 11 consecutive seasons, joining Martin Brodeur and Tony Esposito as the only goaltenders to accomplish the feat.
- Ryan McDonagh was selected to represent the Rangers at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. McDonagh is the first Rangers captain to be selected to play in an NHL All-Star Game since Mark Messier in 2004. McDonagh is one of five NHL defensemen who have registered at least five goals, 20 points, and a plus-10 rating this season (along with Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, John Klingberg, and Ryan Suter). He has registered 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in the last 33 games, including 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in the last 18 contests and five assists/points in the last five games.
- New York has tallied a PPG in 15 of the last 30 games (17-for-91; 18.7%) and in 20 of the last 39 games (22-for-112; 19.6%).
- The Rangers have recorded a PPG in four of their last seven home games (5-for-23; 21.7%) and in five of their last nine home games (7-for-28; 25.0%).
- New York is tied for fifth in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency at home this season (87.1%; 61-for-70).
- Chris Kreider enters the contest with a three-game point streak (three goals, one assist), and he has tallied a goal in each of the last two contests (three goals). He has registered six points (three goals, three assists) in the last seven games and 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his last 14 contests.
- J.T. Miller has notched nine points (five goals, four assists) in the last 15 contests, dating back to Dec. 12 at Calgary. Over the last 15 games, Miller leads the Rangers in goals (five) and is tied for second in points (nine).
- Rick Nash has recorded an assist/point in each of the last two games (two assists) and has tallied five assists/points in the last six contests. Nash leads the Rangers in even strength assists (16) and leads all team forwards in assists (19) this season. He is also tied for the team lead in even strength points in 2015-16 (24).
- Mats Zuccarello has tallied all of his team-leading 16 goals and 31 of his team-leading 33 points in 2015-16 when the Rangers have either led by one goal, trailed by one goal, or were tied in the contest. In addition, 29 of Zuccarello’s 33 points this season have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal.
- Derick Brassard is one of four NHL players who have registered at least 15 goals, 25 takeaways, and a 50.0 faceoff win percentage (min. 700 faceoffs taken) this season (along with Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron, and John Tavares). He leads the Rangers in goals (12), points (25), and plus/minus rating (plus-14) at home this season (23 games played at home). Brassard is tied for eighth in the NHL in points, is tied for ninth in goals, and is tied for 10th in plus/minus rating at home in 2015-16.
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 Rangers have been in the thick of things most of the season in battling for one of three playoff spots in the division. They are in 3rd place, with 53 points, a point behind the Islanders who occupy 2nd with 54 points, and are 17 points behind division leading Washington.
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 OT Win
- Sunday, January 17 against the New York Islanders: 2-1 SO Win
- Tonight, 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 18, 2015
EVEN STRENGTH 5V5
ALL TEAM STRENGTHS
- 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
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS
2015-2016 VANCOUVER CANUCKS VS ALL TEAMS
CANUCKS PLAYER STATS
RANGERS PLAYER STATS
STATISTICS COURTESY OF THE NHL AND VANCOUVER CANUCKS