Vancouver Looks To Take A Bite Out Of Sharks In Key Division Match-Up

CANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    FEBRUARY 28, 2016

The Vancouver Canucks (24-24-12) host the San Jose Sharks (32-22-6) this afternoon at Rogers Place, in a key divisional game, with the Canucks looking to make it three consecutive wins in game three of their five game home stand.

The game is the first of 5 games the two teams will play in the next month (including three times in the next seven days), as both teams attempt to lock down playoff spots, with the Sharks chances brighter at this point of the season, than Vancouver.

Both teams have played 60 games, with the Sharks 10 points better than Vancouver with 22 games remaining, so the five games they will play against each other over the next month will figure prominently in whether one or both teams will make the playoffs.

The Canucks are 5-6-2 in their last 13 at home; and 4-5-1 overall in their last 10 games.

The Sharks are  6-4-2 in their last 12 games, including three straight wins  in that span between February 13 and February 18.

San Jose enters the game coming off a 3-1 loss to Buffalo at home, and have lost 3 of their last 4 games (1-2-1).

Sharks are 3-1-1 in their last 5 road games, with a 15.4 PP% and a 60.0 PK%; with a 27.8 Shots For% and a 31.2 Shots Against%.

The Canucks are 8-8-2 in their last 18 games overall.

Since January 6, Vancouver boasts the 3rd-highest penalty kill percentage overall in the NHL at 89.1 percent (49 for 55), with a record of 9-8-3.

Since January 8, at Rogers Place, the Canucks own the NHL’s 3rd-highest home power play percentage at 28.6 percent (8 for 28).

CANUCKS PREVIOUS GAME

The Ottawa Senators arrived in Vancouver riding a four game winning streak, and left the Pacific Coast with saddle soars, as the Canucks were not gracious hosts, winning their second straight 5-3, to inch closer to the Colorado Avalanche and the last NHL Western conference wild card spot.

Emerson Etem with two goals; Matt Bartkowski with two goals and an assist; Jake Virtanen with a goal and an assist; Linden Vey with two assists; helpers from Derek Dorsett, Dan Hamhuis, Bo Horvat, Jared McCann and newcomer Markus Granland, led the Canucks to the win.

Ryan Miller stopped 27 of 30 shots for a .900 Sv% for his 14th win of the season, and second consecutive victory.

Both Daniel Sedin and Jannick Hansen both had their point streaks come to an end.  Sedin was 1-7=8 pts in his previous 5 consecutive games; while Hansen was 3-1=4 in his previous 3 consecutive games.

Ryan Miller has registered a .931 save percentage over his last 8 games and is 3-4-1 with a 2.13 GAA.

CANUCKS JOTTINGS

  • Canucks have the second fewest wins (24) in the Western Conference, and are  8 points behind Colorado for the last  Western conference wild card playoff spot, with 3 games in-hand on the Avalanche.
  • Canuck Point Leaders In 2016:
    • Bo Horvat: 8-9=17 in 22 games played
    • Daniel Sedin: 6-9=15 in 22 games played
    • Henrik Sedin: 1-12=13 in 18 games played
    • Linden Vey: 2-9=11 in 20 games played
    • Chris Tanev: 3-7=10 in 21 games played
    • Sven Baertschi: 7-3=10 in 20 games played
    • Jannick Hansen: 7-3=10 in 18 games played
  • Power play is 5 for 18 in last 6 games for 27.8 percent, 5th best in the NHL since February 12.
  • Penalty kill is 16 for 18 in last 6 games for 88.9 percent, 7th best in the NHL since February 12.
  • Penalty kill: 30 for 34 for 88.2 percent in last 11 games, 4th best in the NHL since January 25.
  • Canucks are averaging 2.38 goals per game. For an 82 game schedule the estimate is Vancouver will finish with 195 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 2.27 goals per game over their last 22 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 held their opponents under two or fewer goals 24 times this season (19-2-3 record overall).
  • The Canucks penalty kill ranks 14th in the NHL at 81.6%.
  • Vancouver power play is 5 for 15 in the last 5 games for 33.3 percent, 3rd best in the NHL since February 14.
  • Canucks were out shot in seven consecutive games, from February 9th to 21rst, 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.
  • Vancouver in 2016 so far:
    • 10-9-3 in 22 games for 23 points:  21rst in the NHL
    • 52 goals for:  3rd worst in the NHL
    • 61 goals against: 16th best in the NHL
    • Power play is 11 for 54 @ 20.4 percent:  12th best in the NHL
    • Penalty kill is 51 for 59 @ 86.4 percent:  6th best in the NHL
    • Shots for:  608–2nd worst in the NHL: 27.6 average per game
    • Shots against:  732– 21rst in the NHL: 33.3 average per game
    • FOW%: 45.4 percent– worst in the NHL

PACIFIC DIVISION STANDINGS

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS ADVANCED STATISTICS

FEBRUARY 1, 2016  TO  FEBRUARY 27, 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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