CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff FEBRUARY 6, 2016
Canucks Need To Put Calgary Down In Their Pursuit Of A Playoff Spot
The Vancouver Canucks (20-19-12) host division opponent Calgary Flames (22-25-3) tonight at Rogers Place, in a key divisional game; the final game of a three game home stand.
The Canucks are 5-3-2 in their last 10 home games; and 6-4-3 overall in their last 13 games.
Vancouver is 6-3-3 against teams in their division; and undefeated against Calgary in regulation in two previous games this season.
Calgary visits Vancouver for their second game in consecutive nights after losing 2-1 at home to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
Flames are 2-5-0 in their last 7 games and 3-7-1 in their last 11.
The Flames are one of six teams with 47 points, the fewest in the NHL. The others are Toronto, Winnipeg, Buffalo, Edmonton and Columbus.
Dan Hamhuis will play against Calgary after missing 21 games with facial fractures and will wear a modified helmet. Yannick Weber was put on waivers yesterday to make room on the roster for Hamhuis.
Jake Virtanen will also play against the Flames with Jared McCann being a healthy scratch.
“I feel like training camp is over again, and I’m excited to return”, Hamhuis said about his clearance for game action.
Source: Vancouver Canucks Twitter
CANUCKS PREVIOUS GAME
Linden Vey scored his 2nd goal of the season (2-3=5 in last 8 games played); Bo Horvat had an assist (7-6=13 in last 12 games played); Sven Baertschi picked up a helper (4-3=7 in last 11 games played); and Ryan Miller stopped 27 of 28 shots for a .964 Sv%., but it was not enough as the Canucks ended the game on the short end of the score, losing 2-1 to Columbus in a shoot out; their second straight loss, by the same score, on their current 3-game home stand.
Miller is now 1-3-2 in his last 6 game starts, with a 2.27 GAA, and .934 Sv%.
In his last 8 game starts at home, Miller is 4-3-1 with a 2.01 GAA, and .930 Sv%.
- Only Toronto has fewer wins (19) than Vancouver (20) in the NHL.
- Canucks have the fewest wins (20) in the Pacific division, and are just 5 points ahead of Calgary and Edmonton. Calgary has 2 games; Edmonton1 game, in hand on Vancouver.
- Canuck Point Leaders In 2016:
- Bo Horvat: 7-6=13 in 13 games played
- Daniel Sedin: 5-2=7 in 13 games played
- Chris Tanev: 1-6=7 in 13 games played
- Linden Vey: 2-5=7 in 13 games played
- Sven Baertschi: 4-3=7 in 11 games played
- Canuck Even Strength Goal Leaders:
- Daniel Sedin: 15; Jannick Hansen: 14; Sven Baertschi: 8
- Radim Vrbata: 7; Bo Horvat: 6; Jared McCann: 6
- The Canucks have registered at least a point in 14 of 15 games (7-2-9) where Sven Baertschi has notched at least a point.
- Power play is 1 for 11 in last 7 games.
- Penalty kill: 24 for 27 for 88.9 percent in last 11 games.
- Vancouver ended their consecutive streak at home of not winning the face-off battle against their opponent, at 16 games, as they won 31 of 56 face-offs for 55.4 percent, including the overtime, last game against Columbus. At even strength, in regulation play, Vancouver was only successful 48 percent of the time.
- Canucks ended their consecutive games streak without a power play goal at 6 games last game against Columbus.
- Vancouver ended their consecutive streak at home of opponents scoring the opening goal at 8 games, with the Linden Vey goal last game against Columbus.
- 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.
- Vancouver need to average 2.387 goals per game over their last 31 games for a minimum 193 goals, to avoid 2015-16 being the season for the least number of goals ever scored by a Vancouver team.
- 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).
CALGARY FLAMES NOTES
- Calgary are 4-8-3 against Pacific division opponents this season.
- Calgary ended a three-game losing streak by defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 at home on Wednesday, in their first game after the All-Star break.
- Karri Ramo in his last 21 game starts is 8-10-0 over that span with a 2.22 GAA and a .920 save percentage. He has held the opposition to two or fewer goals in 12 of those outings.
PACIFIC DIVISION STANDINGS
VANCOUVER CANUCKS ADVANCED STATISTICS
FEBRUARY 1, 2016 TO FEBRUARY 5, 2016
EVEN STRENGTH 5V5
ALL TEAM STRENGTHS
CANUCKS PLAYERS ADVANCED STATS
EVEN STRENGTH 5V5
WESTERN CONFERENCE WILD CARD STANDINGS
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS
2015-2016 VANCOUVER CANUCKS VS ALL TEAMS
CANUCKS PLAYER STATS
FLAMES PLAYER STATS
STATISTICS COURTESY OF THE NHL AND VANCOUVER CANUCKS