Canucks Look For Third Win On Road Trip Against Bruins

CANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    January 21, 2016


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The Vancouver Canucks (19-17-11) play the fifth game of their 6-game road trip tonight against the Boston Bruins ( 24-16-5) at TD Garden.

The Canucks are going for their third win of the road trip, after losing in  Washington in regulation and the Rangers in overtime; defeating Carolina in overtime, and the Islanders in a shoot out.

Coach Desjardins confirmed this morning that Jacob Markstrom starts in net and both Jake Virtanen & Mike Zalewski will be in the lineup tonight in Boston.

The Boston Bruins will try to extend their current winning streak to four games. The Bruins  are 10-11-2 on home ice.

The Bruins are looking to win four straight games for the 1st time since a season-high 5-game win streak from November 19-27; and are looking to win consecutive home games for the first time since winning 3 straight on home ice from November 19-27.


The Canucks have recorded consecutive wins just once in its past 10, going 5-5.

Vancouver’s Bo Horvat has been red hot in 2016, and sits tied for 8th place in NHL scoring with 10 points (6-4=10 PTS), courtesy of points in 7 of this last 8 games of the year. He is also tied for 3rd in most goals in the New Year with his 6 goals, with three others.

The Canucks are 8-3-3 in their last 14 games; and 4-1-2 on the road in their last 7 games.

Vancouver is 11-9-6 against Eastern Conference teams; and 5-4-4 against the Atlantic division.

The Bruins are 3-1-3 vs. Pacific Division teams and are 5-6-3 vs. Western Conference opponents.

Goalie Ryan Miller is 1-1-1 in three starts during the road trip and has stopped 129 of 136 shots (.948 save percentage).

VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 11: Christopher Tanev #8 of the Vancouver Canucks turns to watch Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Canucks make a save against the Florida Panthers during their NHL game at Rogers Arena January 11, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – JANUARY 11: Christopher Tanev #8 of the Vancouver Canucks turns to watch Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Canucks make a save against the Florida Panthers during their NHL game at Rogers Arena January 11, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

“It’s not that our guys haven’t battled,” he said. “They have blocked shots, guys have worked hard. It’s a matter of playing with confidence. It seems we are not confident when [we are] going to make a play and as a result we are hesitating a little bit.”–Coach Willie Desjardins


In their last game, Ryan Miller made 46 saves for the Canucks, but it was not enough, as the Rangers tied the game up at 2-2 late in the game, forcing overtime, where the Rangers scored, to take the game 3-2.

The Canucks had goals from Sven Baertschi and Alex Burrows.

For Burrows, it was his first goal in 26 games. Bo Horvat, got his 10th point in his last 7 games (6-4=9); Sven Baertschi, notched his 3rd goal in his last 6 games (3-2=5). And Emerson Etem registered his first point in his 5th game as a Canuck, against his old team.

Ryan Miller was the first NHL goaltender to face at least 48 SOG in each of two consecutive team games (Jan. 17 at NYI and Jan. 19 at NYR) in one season since the Kings’ Kelly Hrudey did so on Dec. 3-5/91. He was the first to do that in each of two consecutive personal games in one season since Florida’s Tomas Vokoun on Dec. 23 and Dec. 31/10 (Courtesy Elias Sports)

Vancouver allowed an average of 30.1 shots and gave up 40 or more five times prior to this trip, during which it’s yielded 44.3 while going 2-1-1. Two nights after giving up a season-high 48 in a 2-1 shootout win over the New York Islanders, the Canucks allowed 49 shots in Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers.

The 97 shots are the second-highest total in the league in a two-game span dating to 1989-90. Vancouver has allowed at least 40 shots in four straight games, its most since at least the start of that 1989-90 season.


The Canucks surrendered 10 goals on the trip and have killed off 8 of 9 penalties for 88.9 percent. They are also averaging 1.75 goals  and 24.5 shots per game, on the road trip, with two games left. Canucks power play is 1 for 8, 12.5 percent.


In 2016, so far:

  • Bo Horvat has 10 points in 9 games (6-4=10)
    • 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 5 points in 7 games (3-2=5)
  • Chris Tanev has 4 points in 9 games (1-3=4)
  • Daniel Sedin has 4 points in 9 games (3-1=4)
  • Daniel Sedin has 3 goals in 9 games.
  • Canucks record in 2016:
    • 5-2-2=12 PTS in  9 games played (tied for 5th best in the NHL)
    • They have 18 goals for; 19 goals against.
    • They are 5 for 24 on the power play for 20.8 percent (9th best in the NHL)
    • Their penalty killing is 17 for 20, 85.0 ( 14th best in the NHL)
    • Face-off winning percentage is 43.9 percent.
  • Canucks are averaging 2.40 goals per game. For an 82 game schedule the estimate is Vancouver will finish with 197 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 26 for 30, 86.7 percent in their last 8 road games. And 41 for 54 in their last 14 road  games, 75.9 percent.
  • Vancouver’s power play is 1 for 19, 5.3 percent  in their last 10 road games.
  • Vancouver has points in 15 of its last 24 (10-9-5=25 pts) & 20 of its last 34 games (13-14-7=33 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 21 in their last 7 games, for 23.8 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 42 of 46 games he’s played, including 22 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 105. His defence partner Alex Edler ranks 11th in the NHL with 99 blocked shots
  • Canucks players aged 23 or younger that have appeared in the lineup thus far (Baertschi, Horvat, Hutton, Virtanen, McCann, Gaunce, Shinkaruk, Pedan and Etem) have accounted for 22.5% of points (66), 24.8% of goals (27), 21.2% of assists (39), and 22.5% of shots (303) for the team this season
  • The Canucks have registered at least a point in 12 of 13 games where Sven Baertschi has notched at least a point (6-1-6).
  • Vancouver has had 152 power play opportunities to date, sixth most of any team in the League; they have won 157 draws while on the power play, t-fifth most in the NHL

The Canucks are in 4rth place in the Pacific division of the Western Conference, tied with Arizona and San Jose for 2nd place with 49 points. Vancouver are  2 points in front of Anaheim and 12 points behind the first place Los Angeles Kings.

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In their last game, the Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadians 4-1 on January 19 in Montreal for their third straight win for the first time since mid-December. For the Canadiens, the loss marked their fifth straight defeat. Tuukka Rask, made 38 saves on 39 shots.

Max Talbot had a goal, Patrice Bergeron potted the game-winner, David Pastrnak added an assist and an insurance goal; and Brad Marchand made it 4-1 win with an empty-netter.

Boston has outscored opponents by an 11-4 margin on its current winning streak, ending a stretch in which it posted just two wins in its previous 10 games, including just one victory in its past five on home ice.


  • Bruins are 9-3-3 in their last 15 road contests.
  • Point Streaks
    BRAD MARCHAND (2-1-3 / 3 Games)
    PATRICE BERGERON (3-0-3 / 2 Games)
  • The Bruins have allowed two power play goals  over their last 19 games and are 53 for 55  for a 96.4% penalty killing proficiency over that span.

The Bruins are in 4rth place in the Atlantic division of the Eastern Conference, with 53 points, a point behind Detroit and Tampa Bay who occupy 3rd and 2nd respectively with 54 points each. Florida is in 1rst place, 4 points in front of Boston. Ottawa and Montreal are three points back of the Bruins with 50 points each.

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The Canucks  6-game road trip has been 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
  • Tuesday, January 19 against the New York Rangers: 2-3 OT Loss
  • Tonight, January 21 against the Boston Bruins
  • Saturday, January 23 against the Pittsburgh Penguins


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