CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff FEBRUARY 9, 2016
The Vancouver Canucks (20-20-12) hit the road to play the Colorado Avalanche (27-24-4) tonight.
The Canucks enter the game looking to end a 4-game losing streak while the Avalanche are looking to end a three game losing streak.
Jacob Markstrom, who is 5-1-1 in his last 7-game starts, with a 2.08 GAA and .931 Sv%, will start against Colorado.
CANUCKS PREVIOUS GAME
Vancouver could not find a way to win against division rival Calgary Flames, and dealt themselves a serious blow to their playoff chances, as they lost their 4rth consecutive game; including all three games on their brief home stand, as the Flames out battled and out worked the Canucks to win 4-1.
Emerson Etem had the lone Vancouver goal; Linden Vey had an assist; Alex Burrows had a helper; Ryan Miller stopped 26 of 28 shots for a .929 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 3 points ahead of Calgary and 5 point in front of Edmonton. Calgary has 1 game in hand on Vancouver; Canucks have 2 games in hand on the Oilers.
- Canuck Point Leaders In 2016:
- Bo Horvat: 7-6=13 in 14 games played
- Daniel Sedin: 5-2=7 in 14 games played
- Chris Tanev: 1-6=7 in 14 games played
- Linden Vey: 2-6=7 in 14 games played
- Sven Baertschi: 4-3=7 in 12 games played
- Power play is 1 for 12 in last 8 games.
- Penalty kill: 26 for 29 for 89.7 percent in last 12 games.
- Canucks are averaging 2.31 goals per game. For an 82 game schedule the estimate is Vancouver will finish with 189 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 2.4 goals per game over their last 30 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.
- Bo Horvat has 13 points (7-6-13) in his last 13 games, including 7 points (4-3-7) in his last seven home games. He has the second most points by any player under 21 since the start of the calendar year. Earlier this season, Horvat established a career-high sixgame point streak (6-3-9), spanning from Jan. 4-15.
- Bo Horvat ranks 14th in the League in faceoffs wins (470), ninth in defensive zone faceoff wins (207), and t-sixth in faceoff wins when Vancouver is ahead (174).
- Canucks players aged 23 or younger that have appeared in the lineup thus far (Baertschi, Horvat, Hutton, Virtanen, McCann, Gaunce, Shinkaruk, Pedan, Etem and Zalewski) have accounted for 23.1% of points (75), 25.0% of goals (30), 22.0% of assists (45), and 23.5% of shots (354) for the team this season.
- 10 of 13 players that have made their Canucks debut this season have tallied at least a point
- According to Elias Sports, with their win on Jan. 11 vs FLA, the Canucks became the first NHL team to end streaks of two opponents, each streak of 9+ games, before Feb. 1 of a season
COL0RADO AVALANCHE NOTES
- This is the finale of a four-game home stand for Colorado, which has gone 0-2-1 in the first three games of the home stand, allowing an average of more than 40 shots per game.
- Colorado will play six of its next seven on the road after tonight.
- Colorado leads all NHL teams with 944 blocked shots, over 100 more than the next closest team (Calgary 842). Francois Beauchemin leads all NHL players with 173 blocked shots, just 21 shy of his career high (194) set with Anaheim in 2011-12.
- Jarome Iginla appeared in his 1,447th career game on Saturday, passing Tim Horton (1,446) for sole possession of 23rd place on the NHL’s all-time games played list. Iggy scored his 600th career goal on Jan. 4 vs. Los Angeles, making him the 19th player in NHL history to reach that milestone. He potted his 602nd goal on Jan. 18 in Winnipeg, passing Jari Kurri for 18th place on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list. Iginla’s 602nd goal was his 96th game winner, tying Mats Sundin for ninth place all-time.
- The Avs have pulled their goaltender when trailing in the third period and scored on six different occasions this season. The last two, both by Nathan MacKinnon and both against the Blues, tied the game and led to an Avalanche victory. The Avs have actually scored seven times with the goalie pulled this year but one of those was on a delayed penalty (Jan. 18 at Winnipeg).
PACIFIC DIVISION STANDINGS
VANCOUVER CANUCKS ADVANCED STATISTICS
FEBRUARY 1, 2016 TO FEBRUARY 5, 2016
EVEN STRENGTH 5V5
ALL TEAM STRENGTHS
CANUCKS PLAYER STATS
AVALANCHE PLAYER STATS