CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff FEBRUARY 25, 2016
CANUCKS GO FOR SECOND STRAIGHT HOME WIN
GRANLUND TO PLAY AGAINST SENATORS
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.
- 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.