CANUCKS BANTER By Andrew Chernoff MARCH 3, 2016
The Vancouver Canucks (24-26-12) end their 5-game home stand tonight against the San Jose Sharks (34-22-6), the second game home game against the Sharks in five days.
The Canucks will play the Sharks three more times in March, as they try to catch either them or Colorado for a playoff spot. The Sharks are 14-points in front of Vancouver, and the Avalanche have an 8-point lead on the Canucks, with Vancouver having 2-games in hand on Colorado.
Vancouver are running out of games as they have only 20 left, and both Colorado, with 32; and the Sharks, with 34, have more wins than the Canucks 24. The Canucks don’t just need points—–THEY NEED WINS!
On Sunday, the Sharks scored four unanswered goals in the final period to defeat the Canucks 4-1. 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.
Ryan Miller is expected to get the start again against the Sharks tonight for the Canucks. 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.
Martin Jones is expected to be between the pipes for San Jose, for the second straight game between the two teams. The Sharks currently sit in 3rd place in the Pacific Division, but are just 4-points out of 1rst place.
Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns each had three points in the Sharks’ 6-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at SAP Center on Tuesday night. Goaltender Martin Jones made 21 saves for his 31st win.
Recently-recalled Brendan Gaunce will be in the line-up for the Canucks tonight as Radim Vrbata will miss his 4rth straight game with a groin injury.
“I want to show that I can play at a high compete level.” Brendan Gaunce talks about making his home ice debut.
Source: Vancouver Canucks Twitter
Jannik Hansen (ribs) is day-to-day. Brandon Sutter (fractured jaw) and Alexander Edler (fibula fracture) are on the injured reserve list.
The next game for the two teams after tonight will be another rematch on Saturday night in San Jose.
Vancouver has the 3rd worst home record in the NHL at 11-15-5, and have lost their last two home games, and desperately need a win and the two points.
The Canucks power play at home this season is 8th best in the NHL at 22 percent (22 for 100); their penalty killing is 9th best in the NHL at 85.2 percent (75 for 88).
Home Sweet Home
- Canucks are 2-2-0 on their home stand going into tonight’s final game.
- They are averaging: 3.25 goals per game; 2.75 goals against
- Power play is 37.5 percent (3 for 8), 5th best in the NHL since February 21rst
- Penalty kill is 90 percent (9 for 10), 7th best in the NHL since February 21rst. The other six teams are all perfect for 100 percent.
- Face-off winning percentage is 46.2 percent, 23rd best during the home stand; overall this season they are worst in the NHL at home at 47.1 percent.
Canucks are not doing that badly on their home stand; with some puck going their way, they could be 3-1-0 going into tonight’s game. They need to guard a complete collapse in their game when they are up in the game with the lead, especially if that is the case going into the final period.
“If we play our game, we can beat them. We didn’t show up in the 3rd last game, we have to play a full 60 tonight” – Sbisa
Source: Vancouver Canucks Twitter
CANUCKS PREVIOUS GAME
Vancouver could not find a way to win against division rival San Jose on Sunday afternoon, and all the puck luck was bad against the Islanders on Tuesday night, as the Canucks lost 3-2, New York’s first win on their Western Canada road trip, after losing to Edmonton.
Linden Vey with a power play goal, and Daniel Sedin with his second goal in consecutive games; Ben Hutton and Henrik Sedin with assists; and Jacob Markstrom stopped 21 of 24 shots for a .875 Sv%, to lead the Canucks.
Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi, Jake Virtanen, Derek Dorsett had good games in a losing effort.
Jacob Markstrom is now 6-4-1 in his last 11 game starts with a 2.59 GAA, and .914 Sv%.
Bo Horvat leads the team with 12 points (6-6-12) in 15 GP versus Metropolitan division opponents, including a 51.3 FOW%.
Horvat leads the team and ranks 16th in the League in face-offs wins (561), 6th in defensive zone face-off wins (254), and 5th in face-off wins when Vancouver is ahead (215).
- Chris Tanev leads the team and ranks 7th in the League in blocked shots with 147
Ben Hutton ranks t-eighth among NHL rookies in assists with 18. He is also currently in third for most assists in club history by a rookie defenceman. Mattias Ohlund leads in both the assists (23) and points (30) categories.
Ben Hutton ranks eighth among rookies with 19:05 TOI; he has led the team in TOI in five of the past nine games including a career-high 25:03 on March 1 at home against the New York Islanders.
- 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 2-games in-hand on the Avalanche.
- Canuck Point Leaders In 2016:
- Bo Horvat: 8-9=17 in 24 games played
- Daniel Sedin: 8-9=17 in 24 games played
- Henrik Sedin: 1-14=15 in 20 games played
- Linden Vey: 3-9=12 in 22 games played
- Chris Tanev: 3-7=10 in 24 games played
- Sven Baertschi: 7-3=10 in 22 games played
- Jannick Hansen: 7-3=10 in 19 games played
- Ben Hutton: 1-9=10 in 24 games played
- Power play is 6 for 21 in last 8 games for 28.6 percent, 5th best in the NHL since February 12.
- Penalty kill is 20 for 23 in last 8 games for 87.0 percent, 10th best in the NHL since February 12.
- Penalty kill: 34 for 39 for 87.2 percent in last 13 games, 4th best in the NHL since January 25.
- Canucks are averaging 2.42 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 needs to average 2.15 goals per game over their last 20 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 overall at 81.5%.
- Vancouver power play is 6 for 18 in the last 7 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.
- Vancouver in 2016 so far:
- 10-11-3 in 24 games for 23 points: 21rst in the NHL
- 55 goals for: 3rd worst in the NHL
- 68 goals against: 14th best in the NHL
- Power play is 12 for 57 @ 21.1 percent: 9th best in the NHL
- Penalty kill is 55 for 64 @ 85.9 percent: 6th best in the NHL
- Shots for: 665–2nd worst in the NHL: 27.1 average per game
- Shots against: 784– 14th in the NHL: 32.7 average per game
- FOW%: 45.3 percent–> worst in the NHL
- Team Hits: 396–>worst in the NHL
- Team Blocked Shots: 318–>26th in the NHL
- Team Giveaways: 185–>9th best in the NHL
- Team Takeaways: 134–>3rd worst in the NHL
- Team Shooting %: 8.3–>20th best in the NHL
The Canucks have had eight different players make their NHL debut this season (McCann, Virtanen, Hutton, Gaunce, Shinkaruk,Grenier, Pedan, and Friesen). The last season where eight or more players made their NHL debut in a single season for the Canucks was in 1999.00 (eight players): Steve Kariya, Harold Druken, Artem Chubarov, Zenith Komarniski, Jarkko Ruutu, Brad Leeb, Ryan Bonni, Alfie Michaud. The club record for NHL debuts in a single season is 11 which occurred during the 1973.74 season.
PACIFIC DIVISION STANDINGS
VANCOUVER ADVANCED STATS AGAINST SAN JOSE
GAME OF FEBRUARY 28TH, 2016
SHARKS 4-1 CANUCKS
VANCOUVER CANUCKS GAME ADVANCED STATISTICS
MARCH 1, 2016 TO MARCH 02, 2016
EVEN STRENGTH 5V5
ALL TEAM STRENGTHS
CANUCKS 2016 TEAM ADVANCED STATS
EVEN STRENGTH 5 v 5
- Shot Attempts %: 46.97–>26th in NHL
- Shot Attempts %-Close: 47.24–>24rth in NHL
- Unblocked Shot Attempts%: 46.70–>27th in NHL
- Unblocked Shot Attempts %-Close: 47.57–>24rth in NHL
- Team Even Strength Shooting Plus Save %: 996–>19th in NHL
- 5 on 5 Zone Start %: 48.85-2 ->20th in NHL
- 5 on 5 Shooting %: 6.8->20th in the NHL
- 5 on 5 Save %: .929->9th in the NHL