CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff January 22, 2016
The Vancouver Canucks (20-17-11) play the final game of their 6-game road trip tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins (22-17-7) at Consol Energy Center on Saturday 9:30 am PST in a matinee game.
The Canucks are going for their fourth win of the road trip, after losing in Washington in regulation and the Rangers in overtime; defeating Carolina in overtime, the Islanders in a shoot out; and Boston in regulation.
The Canucks have surrendered 12 goals on the trip; 41.4 shots against per game; and killed off 8 of 9 penalties for 88.9 percent. They are also averaging 2.2 goals and 25 shots per game, on the road trip, with one game left. Canucks power play is 1 for 8, 12.5 percent. Face-off win percentage is 46.1 percent.
The Penguins will try to extend their current streak, 4-0-2 at home, to seven games with a fifth win. The Penguins are 12-7-4 on home ice this season.
Ryan Miller will start in net for the Canucks. He is 1-1-1 on the road trip, with a 2.25 GAA and a .949 Sv%. In his last 13 games, Miller is 5-5-3, with a 2.90 and a .919 Sv%.
Marc-Andre Fleury has posted a 2.48 goals-against average in winning five straight starts over the Canucks, including a 3-2 road victory on November 4.
Jeff Zatkoff may start instead in order for Fleury to start Sunday at Washington. The NHL will determine the status of that game Saturday morning.
The Canucks have recorded consecutive wins just once in its past 11, going 6-5.
The Canucks are 9-3-3 in their last 15 games; and 5-1-2 on the road in their last 8 games.
Vancouver is 12-9-6 against Eastern Conference teams; and 6-5-2 against the Metropolitan division.
The Penguins are 3-5-2 vs. Pacific Division teams and are 9-10-3 vs. Western Conference opponents.
In their last game, Jacob Markstrom stopped 28 of 30 shots for the Canucks for a .933 Sv%; Sven Baertschi, had his 4rth goal in 6 games (9th of the season); Alex Burrows, had his 2nd goal in consecutive games (7th of the season); Linden Vey had 2 assists; but it was Daniel Sedin who rose up with two unanswered goals to put the game away for Vancouver, the last one an empty netter, as the Canucks finally won their 20th game of the season, defeating Boston 4 to 2.
With the two goals, Daniel Sedin took over top spot in Canucks All-Time goal scoring, recording his 347th and 348th goals of his career, all in a Canucks uniform, surpassing Markus Naslund. The goals were his 20th and 21rst of the season.
Bo Horvat, Radim Vrbata, Alex Edler, Chris Tanev, Jannick Hansen and Derek Dorsett, also had helpers in the Vancouver victory, improving their record on the road trip to 3-1-1.
In 2016, so far:
- Bo Horvat has 11 points in 10 games (6-5=11)
- 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 6 points in 8 games (4-2=6)
- Chris Tanev has 5 points in 10 games (1-4=5)
- Daniel Sedin has 6 points in 10 games (5-1=6)
- Daniel Sedin has 5 goals in 10 games.
- Shooting Percentage:
- Sven Baertschi: 44.4 percent
- Bo Horvat: 27.3 percent
- Chris Tanev: 25 percent
- Daniel Sedin: 14.7 percent
- Alex Burrows: 11.8 percent
- Jake Virtanen: 10 percent
- Canucks record in 2016:
- 6-2-2=14 PTS in 10 games played (tied for 4th best in the NHL)
- They have 22 goals for; 23 goals against.
- They are 5 for 24 on the power play for 20.8 percent (8th best in the NHL)
- Their penalty killing is 17 for 20, 85.0 ( 12th best in the NHL)
- Face-off winning percentage is 44.9 percent.
- Canucks are averaging 2.35 goals per game. For an 82 game schedule the estimate is Vancouver will finish with 193 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 shorthanded. And 41 for 54 in their last 14 road games shorthanded, 75.9 percent.
- Vancouver’s power play is 1 for 19, 5.3 percent in their last 10 road games with the man advantage.
- Vancouver has points in 16 of its last 25 (11-9-5=27 pts) & 21 of its last 35 games (14-14-7=35 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 with the man advantage, 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.
- The Canucks have registered at least a point in 13 of 14 games where Sven Baertschi has notched at least a point (7-1=8).
The Canucks are tied for 2nd place in the Pacific division of the Western Conference, ahead of Arizona and tied with San Jose, with 51 points. Vancouver are 4 points ahead of Anaheim and 10 points behind the first place Los Angeles Kings.
In their last game, the Penguins hosted Philadelphia on Thursday night and defeated the Flyers 4-3. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 of 32 shots for the win.
PITTSBURGH PENGUIN NOTES
The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power plays.
Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their power play chances.
- Penguins are 4-2-3 in their last 9 games.
- Sidney Crosby has 20 points (9-11=20) in his last 17 games played. In his first 28 games, he had 19 points (6-13=19) in 28 games prior.
Sidney Crosby is riding a 5 game point streak entering tonight’s game. Crosby has 8 points (3G-5A) during the streak.
Carl Hagelin has 6 points (1G-5A) in his last 7 games played between Pittsburgh and Anaheim.
Pittsburgh has fired at least 30 shots on goal for 16 of 18 games under head coach Mike Sullivan.
The Penguins are in 5th place in the Metropolitan division, 22 points behind Washington who occupy top spot with 73 points. They are 5 points out of 3rd place and 6 points from 2nd place in the division.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
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
- Thursday, January 21 against the Boston Bruins: 4-2 Win
- Today, January 23 against the Pittsburgh Penguins