CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff FEBRUARY 10, 2016
The Vancouver Canucks (21-20-12) take on the Arizona Coyotes (24-22-6) tonight at Gila River Arena.
Both Pacific division opponents are tied for 4rth in the division, 5 points behind Anaheim.
Vancouver is looking to move all alone into 4rth place in the Pacific division with a win over the Coyotes, to keep pace with Anaheim, who occupy 3rd and the final playoff position in the division with 59 points.
Canucks come into the game fresh off a 3-1 victory over Colorado last night, ending a four game losing streak in the process and looking at making it two wins in consecutive nights on the short two-game road trip.
Vancouver is 12-10-7 on the road, and 4-4-2 in their last 10 games over-all.
In their last 10 games, the Canucks have averaged 2.1 goals per game, while giving up an average of 2.5 goals per game. In those same games, their power play is 2 for 16: 12.5 percent; penalty kill, 23 for 26: 88.5 percent.
Arizona is 13-10-4 at home, and 2-6-2 in their last 10 game over-all.
In their last 10 games, the Coyotes have averaged 1.8 goals per game, while surrendering an average of 3.4 goal per game. In those games, their power play is 5 for 40: 12.5 percent; penalty kill, 26 for 36: 72.2 percent.
PACIFIC DIVISION STANDINGS
CANUCKS PREVIOUS GAME
Bo Horvat with a goal and an assist (8-7=15 in last 15 games); Ben Hutton with two assists (1-5=6 in last 15 games); Matt Bartkowski (1-2=3 in last 15 games) and Sven Baertschi (5-3=8 in last 13 games) with a goal each; Alex Burrows (2-3=5 in last 15 games) with a helper; Jacob Markstrom stopped 27 of 28 shots for a .964 Sv%., to lead the Canucks to the 3-1 win.
Jacob Markstrom improved his record to 6-1-1 in his last 8 game starts, with a 2.00 GAA and .935 Sv%., with the victory.
Vancouver lost defenseman Alex Edler and center Brandon Sutter in the second period of the Colorado game, and it is not known at this time what their status is for the game tonight.
Ryan Miller is expected to start against the Coyotes. Miller hasn’t won in his last five games, but the Canucks have totaled 3 goals in his last 3 games.
Miller is 8-1-0 with a 1.65 goals-against average all-time against the Coyotes, including 5-0-0 with 1.39 GAA in Arizona.
Louis Domingue is expected to be in goal for the Coyotes. Domingue has given up 15 goals in his last three starts (0-2-1) for a 6.10 GAA and .833 Sv%.
- Daniel Sedin has been limited to an assist in his last 5 games; Henrik Sedin is without a point in his last 5 games; and Jannik Hansen is pointless in 4 straight games.
- Only Toronto has fewer wins (19) than Vancouver (20) in the NHL.
- Canucks are tied with Edmonton for the fewest wins (21) in the Pacific division, and are just 3 points ahead of Calgary and 7 points 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: 8-7=13 in 15 games played
- Daniel Sedin: 5-2=7 in 14 games played
- Chris Tanev: 1-6=7 in 14 games played
- Linden Vey: 2-6=8 in 15 games played
- Sven Baertschi: 5-3=8 in 13 games played
- Ben Hutton: 1-5=6 in 15 games played
- Power play is 1 for 13 in last 9 games.
- Penalty kill: 30 for 33 for 91 percent in last 13 games.
- Canucks are averaging 2.32 goals per game. For an 82 game schedule the estimate is Vancouver will finish with 190 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 needs to average 2.41 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.
ARIZONA COYOTES NOTES
- Arizona has not played since February 5, when they lost 5-2 against the Anaheim Ducks, and have lost their last four games, giving up 21 goals in that span.
- The Coyotes have taken 27 penalties on the current losing streak and gone 17 of 22 on the penalty kill, and they’ve also allowed an average of 37.6 shots per game in the last five.