Vancouver Hosts Tortorella and Columbus In First Game After All-Star Break

CANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    FEBRUARY 4, 2016

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The Vancouver Canucks (20-19-11) host the Columbus Blue Jackets (19-28-5) tonight at Rogers Place, in game two of a three game home stand.

The Canucks are 6-5-1 in their last 12 home games; and 5-3-2 overall in their last 10 games.

Vancouver will try to avoid having the first goal of the game scored by their opponent tonight, as they have allowed the opening goal to their opposition in 8 consecutive home games.

Columbus visits Vancouver for game two of a three game Western Canada road trip that started Tuesday night against Edmonton, with a 5-1 loss, as Edmonton scored five unanswered goals in the last two periods, after the Blue Jackets opened up the scoring in the opening period.

The Blue Jackets are  4-6-2 in their last 12 games, including suffering four straight losses (0-3-1) in that span between January 5 and January 12.

The Canucks are 8-5-2 in their last 15 games overall; 4-3-1, at home since December 22nd.

Since January 5, Vancouver boasts the 4th-highest penalty kill percentage in the NHL at 91.7 percent.

Optional Canucks skate this morning; 13 skaters and two goalies. February 4, 2016 on Vancouver Canucks Twitter

Since December 13, the Canucks power play has been zeros and ones:

  • From December 13 thru January 1, the power play was 0 for 20, over 9 games and their record was 4-4-1.
  • Then from January 4 thru January 14, the Canucks power play had a  single power play goal in five consecutive games, 5 for 16; their record, 2-2-1.
  • Since January 15, Vancouver has gone 6 games with zero power play goals, 0 for 8, with their record 3-2-1.

Dan Hamhuis will not play after missing 20 games with facial fractures but may be a game away from actually playing. Henrik Sedin expects to play after missing four games because of a shoulder injury, and should be in the line-up.

“We’re healthy, we have a good schedule. We just have to take care of business,” Daniel Sedin told the Canucks website. “We know we can be a really good team when everyone’s going, and we’re going to have to bring it [Thursday].”



In their first home game since the completion of their 6-game road trip, the Canucks fell behind early, and found it difficult to execute their game plan against the Predators, who played well in all facets of their game.

Brandon Sutter scored his first goal in 33 games on his return to the line-up from a sports hernia operation;  Chris Tanev had an assist (1-7=8 in last 15 games played); Daniel Sedin picked up a helper (5-2=7 in last 12 games played); and Ryan Miller stopped 17 of 19 shots for a .895 Sv%., but it was not enough as the Canucks ended the game on the short end of the score, losing 2-1 to Nashville, to begin their 3-game home stand.


  • Bo Horvat had 12 points in 12 games (7-5=12) to lead Vancouver.
    • Horvat scored 25.9% of the Canucks’ goals.
  • Henrik Sedin had 4 points in 8 games (0-4=4)
  • Sven Baertschi had 6 points in 10 games (4-2=6)
  • Chris Tanev had 6 points in 12 games (1-6=7)
  • Linden Vey had 6 points in 12 games (1-5=6)
  • Daniel Sedin had 7 points in 12 games (5-2=7)
  • Daniel Sedin had 5 goals in 12 games (18.5 percent of Canucks goals)
  • Shooting Percentage:
    • Sven Baertschi: 30.8 percent
    • Bo Horvat: 24.1 percent
    • Chris Tanev: 20 percent
    • Jannick Hansen: 20 percent
    • Daniel Sedin: 12.5 percent
    • Alex Burrows: 10.5 percent
    • Jake Virtanen: 7.1 percent
  • Canucks record in:
    • 6-4-2=14 PTS in  12 games played (tied for 11th best in the NHL)
    • They have 27 goals for; 30 goals against (tied for 18th best in NHL).
    • They are 5 for 27 on the power play for 18.5 percent (11th best in the NHL)
    • Their penalty killing is 24 for 28, 85.7 percent ( 11th best in the NHL)
    • Face-off winning percentage is 45.6 percent (30th in the NHL)
  • Jacob Markstrom started 7 games and was 5-1-1 with a 2.14 GAA and .931 Sv%. His GAA was 11th best and his Sv% was 13th best, minimum 4 games played.
  • Ryan Miller started 5 games and was 1-3-1 with a 2.56 GAA and .929 Sv%.
  • Canucks had 4 games of 40 or more shots against; 7 games of 30 or more shots against; and 11 games of 28 or more shots against.
  • Vancouver had 4 games of 30 to 38 shots for; 8 games of 25 to 38 shots for; 4 games of 20 to 23 shots for.
  • Canucks averaged 2.25 goals for per game; 2.50 goals against per game.


  • 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 need to average 2.34 goal per game over their last 32 games for 193 goals, to avoid 2015-16 being the season for the least number of goals ever scored by a Vancouver team.
  • Canucks penalty kill is  29 for 32, 90.6 percent in their last 12 home games shorthanded for 5th best in the NHL.
  • Vancouver’s power play is 6 for 40, 15 percent  in their last 12 home games with the man advantage, tied for 6th worst in the NHL.
  • Vancouver has points in 8 of its last 12 (6-4-2=14 pts) & 13 of its last 21 games (10-8-3=23 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 4 for 22 in their last 10 games with the man advantage, for 18.2 percent, for 13th best in the NHL.
  • Vancouver’s penalty kill is 22 for 24 in their last 10 games shorthanded, for 91.7 percent, 4th best in the NHL.
  • Canucks penalty kill in last 15 games is 38 for 44 for 86.4 percent. The previous 15 games, they were 41 for 54 for 75.9 percent.

Vancouver sits in 5th place in the Pacific division, with 51 points and are 2 points behind both Anaheim and Arizona, in 3rd and 4rth respectively; and 5 points behind 2nd place San Jose.

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Coach Desjardins said there’s little room for error the rest of the season. “It’ll be tight down the stretch here and we’re ready for that”

Source: Vancouver Canucks Twitter


  • The Jackets are looking to bounce back from a 5-1 loss to Edmonton on Tuesday. Matt Calvert had the lone goal in the loss.
  • Since Tortorella took over as head coach, Columbus has averaged 2.64 goals per game which would put them in the top-half of the league.
  • Red hot Columbus forwards lately include Brandon Saad (3 goals in last 3 games), Scott Hartnell (3-game point streak), Boone Jenner (4 points in last 3 games), Cam Atkinson (4 goals and 5 points in last 3 games), and Brandon Dubinsky (5 points in last 3 games).
  • Only 14 goals have come from defencemen this season for the Blue Jackets. The arrival of Seth Jones via trade from Nashville is supposed to help with that.
  • Goalie Joonas Korpisalo has started the last four in a row in place of the injured Sergei Bobrovsky.
  • Columbus has allowed a league-high 3.19 goals against per game.

The Blue Jackets are in last place in the Metropolitan division, 15 points out of a playoff spot and 9 points behind 7th place Philadelphia.

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