Canucks Take On Ottawa Tonight

CANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    FEBRUARY 25, 2016

CANUCKS GO FOR SECOND STRAIGHT HOME WIN

GRANLUND TO PLAY AGAINST SENATORS


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The Vancouver Canucks (23-24-12) entertain the Ottawa Senators (29-26-6) tonight in the second game of a five game home stand.

Canucks look for second straight home win. Vancouver is 10-13-5 at home this season, while Ottawa sports a road record of 12-16-2.

Ottawa, with former Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, visits Vancouver in their second game of a three game Western road swing, after a 4-1 road win against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. It was Ottawa’s fourth victory in a row to match a season-high win streak from late November.

Twenty-two year-old centre Markus Granlund, is expected to make his Canucks’ debut tonight on a line with Linden Vey and Emerson Etem, after being picked up in a trade with Calgary for Hunter Shinkaruk.

“Going in, we want to see where he’s at. It’s a new situation and new linemates and we’re excited to see him play” – Desjardins on Granlund

Source: Vancouver Canucks Twitter

CANUCKS PREVIOUS GAME

Vancouver found a way to win against the Colorado Avalanche, winning 5-1 in the first of five straight home games, ending a four game losing streak all by the score of 5-2. The Canucks had gone 30 games since they last scored five goals, that coming in a 5-2 victory against Buffalo on December 7.

Jannick Hansen had two goals; Henrik Sedin, four assists; Daniel Sedin, three helpers; Adam Cracknell, Radim Vrbata and Chris Tanev, had a goal each; while Ben Hutton, Derek Dorsett and Emerson Etem, had an assist each. Bo Horvat led the Canucks in shots with 5; Chris Tanev had 4 blocked shots; and Horvat was 14 for 21 on face-offs.

Both Daniel Sedin and Jannick Hansen extended their point streaks to 5 and 3 games respectively. Sedin is 1-7=8 pts in his last 5 games; while Hansen is 3-1=4 in his last 3 games.

Ryan Miller stopped 37 of 38 shots for a .974 Sv%, for his 13th win of the season.

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 21: Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a glove save against the Colorado Avalanche during their NHL game at Rogers Arena February 21, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 5-1. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 21: Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a glove save against the Colorado Avalanche during their NHL game at Rogers Arena February 21, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 5-1. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

CANUCKS JOTTINGS

  • Canucks have the second fewest wins (23) in the Pacific division, and are  10 points behind Colorado for a Western conference wild card playoff spot, with 4 games in-hand on the Avalanche.
  • Canuck Point Leaders In 2016:
    • Bo Horvat: 8-8=16 in 21 games played
    • Daniel Sedin: 6-9=15 in 21 games played
    • Henrik Sedin: 1-12=13 in 17 games played
    • Chris Tanev: 3-7=10 in 21 games played
    • Sven Baertschi: 7-3=10 in 19 games played
    • Jannick Hansen: 7-3=10 in 17 games played
    • Linden Vey: 2-7=9 in 19 games played
  • Power play is 4 for 15 in last 5 games for 26.7 percent, 6th best in the NHL since February 12.
  • Penalty kill: 27 for 31 for 89.7 percent in last 10 games.
  • Canucks are averaging 2.41 goals per game. For an 82 game schedule the estimate is Vancouver will finish with 198 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 2.3 goals per game over their last 23 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.
  • Ryan Miller has registered a .935 save percentage over his last 7 games and is 2-4-1 with a 2.00 GAA.
  • Vancouver has held their opponents under two or fewer goals 24 times this season (19-2-3 record overall).
  • The Canucks penalty kill ranks 15th in the NHL at 81.3%.
  • Vancouver power play is 4 for 12 in the last 4 games for 33.3 percent.
  • Canucks have been out shot in seven straight games and are 17-13-6 this season when being out-shot.
  • Daniel Sedin needs one more goal to become the 60th player in NHL history to reach 350 career goals (will become 5th Swede to do so).
  • On the injury front,  Radim Vrbata (lower body) is day-to-day.  Brandon Sutter (fractured jaw) and Alexander Edler (fibula fracture) are on the injured reserve list.
  • The Canucks are 12-11-7 against Eastern conference opponents, while Ottawa is 12-7-1 against the Western conference.

PACIFIC DIVISION STANDINGS

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS ADVANCED STATISTICS

FEBRUARY 1, 2016  TO  FEBRUARY 24, 2016

EVEN STRENGTH 5V5

ALL TEAM STRENGTHS

FEBRUARY 2016 RESULTS

WESTERN CONFERENCE WILD CARD STANDINGS

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CANUCKS PLAYER STATS

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SENATORS PLAYER STATS

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STATISTICS COURTESY OF THE NHL AND VANCOUVER CANUCKS

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