Vancouver Hopes To Get Back To Winning Against Islanders

CANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    MARCH 1, 2016

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line-up news: Vrbata & Hansen are out vs. NYI.

Gaunce will not make puck drop, Weber slots in at forward.

Source: Vancouver Canucks Twitter

Bartkowski is good to go tonight after missing last game with the flu.

Source: Vancouver Canucks Twitter

No word from coach Desjardins on if Radim Vrbata plays tonight or not. Jacob Markstrom starts.

Source: Vancouver Canucks Twitter

The Vancouver Canucks (24-25-12) host the New York Islanders (33-20-7) tonight at Rogers Place, in a  game the Canucks are looking to resume their winning ways, in game four of their five game home stand, as they chase both the San Jose Sharks and the Colorado Avalanche for a playoff spot.

Vancouver is 2-1 on their home stand, and are 5-7-2 in their last 14 at home; and 4-6-1 overall in their last 11 games.

The Canucks are 12 points behind the Sharks for 3rd  and the final playoff spot in their division; and 8 points behind Colorado for the final wild card spot in the Western conference.

The Canucks are 10-10-3 in their last 23-games overall.

Jacob Markstrom makes his 11th game start in 2016, and he is 6-3-1 in his last 10 game starts with a 2.54 GAA, and .917 Sv%.

Markstrom has lost his last two starts, 5-2 at home to Calgary on February 19;  and 5-2 in Minnesota on February 15.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders makes a save on Bo Horvat #53 of the Vancouver Canucks during the game at the Barclays Center on January 17, 2016 in Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 17: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders makes a save on Bo Horvat #53 of the Vancouver Canucks during the game at the Barclays Center on January 17, 2016 in Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New York Islanders’ come to Vancouver smarting from  a loss to the Edmonton Oilers, who had lost seven straight games entering Sunday’s action, and ended the Islanders’ three game winning streak.

New York started their Western Canada road swing with a 2-1 win over Calgary on Thursday night, before stumbling to the Oilers. They are 4-4 in their last 8 road games.

The Isles will look to rebound as they head to Vancouver to face the Canucks. 
The Isles dominated the game with Vancouver at Barclays Center on January 17th, outshooting the Canucks 48-26, but fell 2-1 in a shootout.
The Isles are 0-2-1 in their last three games against the Canucks, but each of their last two March games in Vancouver have been memorable: In 2010, rookie John Tavares had five points in a 5-2 win while in 2014 the Isles exploded for seven third period goals for a 7- 4 win.    Source: http://www.nyiskinny.com/

Islanders are 3-1-1 in their last 5 games overall, with a 13.3 PP% and a 92.8 PK%; and they have scored a total of 10 goals for, while allowing 8 goals against, in that span.

The Isles are 17-5-2 against the Western Conference, including 12-0-2 at home. The Isles have the most wins of any Eastern Conference team against the Western Conference (Tampa Bay is 15-9-2 and the Rangers are 15-8-2). 

Source: http://www.nyiskinny.com/

Since January 6, Vancouver boasts the 5th-highest penalty kill percentage overall in the NHL at 88.1 percent (52 for 59).

Since January 9, at Rogers Place, the Canucks own the NHL’s 5th-highest home power play percentage at 27.6 percent (8 for 29).

CANUCKS PREVIOUS GAME

The Canucks fell short of a third straight win, surrendering four unanswered goals in the third period of a 4-1 loss to San Jose on Sunday, in a key divisional game, moving no closer to the Colorado Avalanche and the Sharks for an NHL Western conference playoff spot.  .

Daniel Sedin had the only Canucks goal, his 23rd of the season; Henrik Sedin and Ben Hutton had assists. For Daniel, with the goal, he became the 60th player in NHL history to reach 350 career goals (and the 5th Swede to do so). Ryan Miller stopped 24 of 27 shots for a .889 Sv% for his 4rth loss of February.

Miller finished the month of February with a record of 3-4-1 with a GAA of 2.26 and .929 Sv%.  He has registered a .929 save percentage over his last 13 games and is 4-7-2 with a 2.38 GAA.

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 28: Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks and Ben Hutton #27 of the Vancouver Canucks watch Ryan Miller #30 of the Canucks make a save during their NHL game at Rogers Arena February 28, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 28: Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks and Ben Hutton #27 of the Vancouver Canucks watch Ryan Miller #30 of the Canucks make a save during their NHL game at Rogers Arena February 28, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

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 23 games played
    • Daniel Sedin: 7-9=16 in 23 games played
    • Henrik Sedin: 1-13=14 in 19 games played
    • Linden Vey: 2-9=11 in 21 games played
    • Chris Tanev: 3-7=10 in 23 games played
    • Sven Baertschi: 7-3=10 in 21 games played
    • Jannick Hansen: 7-3=10 in 19 games played
    • Ben Hutton: 1-8=9 in 23 games played
  • Power play is 5 for 19 in last 7 games for 26.3 percent, 6th best in the NHL since February 12.
  • Penalty kill is 19 for 22 in last 7 games for 86.4 percent, 10th best in the NHL since February 12.
  • Penalty kill: 33 for 38 for 86.8 percent in last 12 games, 5th best in the NHL since January 25.
  • Canucks are averaging 2.43 goals per game. For an 82 game schedule the estimate is Vancouver will finish with 199 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 2.14 goals per game over their last 21 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 13th in the NHL overall at 81.4%.
  • Vancouver power play is 5 for 16 in the last 6 games for 31.3 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.
  • 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:
    • 10-10-3 in 23 games for 23 points:  21rst in the NHL
    • 53 goals for:  3rd worst in the NHL
    • 65 goals against: 15th best in the NHL
    • Power play is 11 for 55 @ 20 percent:  12th best in the NHL
    • Penalty kill is 54 for 63 @ 85.7 percent:  6th best in the NHL
    • Shots for:  632–2nd worst in the NHL: 27.5 average per game
    • Shots against:  760– 17th in the NHL: 33.0 average per game
    • FOW%: 45.4 percent– worst in the NHL
    • Team Hits: 383–worst in the NHL
    • Team Blocked Shots: 305–4rth worst in the NHL
    • Team Giveaways: 180–9th best in the NHL
    • Team Takeaways: 130–3rd worst in the NHL
    • Team Shooting %: 8.4–18th best in the NHL
    • Advanced Stats:
      • Shot Attempts %: 46.70–4rth worst in NHL
      • Shot Attempts %-Close: 46.92–25th in NHL
      • Unblocked Shot Attempts%: 46.46–3rd worst in NHL
      • Unblocked Shot Attempts %-Close: 47.27–25th in NHL
      • Team Even Strength Shooting Plus Save %: 1000–16th in NHL

PACIFIC DIVISION STANDINGS

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WESTERN CONFERENCE WILD CARD STANDINGS

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CANUCKS PLAYER STATS

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ISLANDERS PLAYER STATS

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STATISTICS COURTESY OF THE NHL AND VANCOUVER CANUCKS

 

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