Canucks Sign Defenceman Olli Juolevi to Three-Year Entry Level Contract

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Olli Juolevi

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER   By Andrew Chernoff   August 6, 2016

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced Friday by press release, that the club signed defenceman Olli Juolevi to a three-year entry level contract.

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“Olli is a talented all-around defenceman with high hockey sense who will be a big part of our organization’s future,” said Jim Benning.

“He’s had an outstanding year, winning the Memorial Cup and World Junior gold. We look forward to seeing him continue his development and compete at the NHL level during training camp in September.”

Juolevi a well-rounded blueliner:

A competitive spark-plug, Olli Juolevi is a complete, all-around defenceman who can hem the opposition in their own end or make things difficult for the opposition at home; either way, he puts the pressure on and lays it on thick. A strong and balanced skater, he can rush the puck through the neutral zone with ease or backcheck with haste. Uses his size to his advantage, but knows his physical limits and plays within them. Instead of playing overly physical, he makes his presence felt by exhibiting his high-end playmaking ability and puck possession play. All-in-all, a well-rounded blueliner who thrives under pressure and can be trusted in all situations. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)

Source: http://www.eliteprospects.com/

Juolevi, 18, finished third among Ontario Hockey League rookie defencemen in scoring in 2015.16, registering 42 points (9-33-42) in 57 games for the London Knights.

Skating in his first full season in North America, the 6-2, 182-pound defenceman also earned OHL Second All-Rookie Team and OHL Third All-Star Team honours.

During the 2016 playoffs, Juolevi registered 14 points in 18 games to help the Knights capture the OHL Championship. Named to the tournament All-Star Team, he then added seven points in four games to help the Knights capture their second Memorial Cup.

Prior to joining London, Juolevi appeared in 44 games in 2014.15 with Jokerit’s junior squad in Finland, registering 32 points (6-26-32). He was also named the league’s Best Defenceman, Rookie of the Year and selected to the First All-Star Team.

On the international stage, the Helsinki, Finland, native helped his country capture gold at the 2016 World Junior Championship where he led all defencemen with nine assists (0-9-9) and was named to the tournament All-Star Team.

Vancouver Canucks 2016 Off-Season Signings

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    July 26, 2016

Off-Season Signings

  • JUL 19/16 – RFA Alexandre Grenier signed a 1-year, 2-way contract extension.
  • JUL 19/16 – RFA Andrey Pedan signed a 1-year, 2-way contract extension.
  • JUL 15/16 – FA Michael Carcone signed a 3-year entry level contract.
  • JUL 13/16 – RFA Michael Zalewski signed a 1-year, 2-way contract extension.
  • JUL 13/16 – UFA Richard Bachman signed a 1-year, 2-way contract extension.
  • JUL 7/16 – Goaltender Jacob Markstrom signed a 3-year contract extension.
  • JUL 1/16 – UFA Jayson Megna signed a 1-year, 1-way contract. (AAV $600,000)
  • JUL 1/16 – UFA Philip Larsen signed a 1-year, 1-way contract. (AAV $1,025,000)
  • JUL 1/16 – UFA Michael Chaput signed a 1-year, 2-way contract.
  • JUL 1/16 – UFA Borna Rendulic signed a 1-year, 2-way contract.
  • JUL 1/16 – RFA Chad Billins signed a 1-year, 2-way contract.
  • JUL 1/16 – UFA Loui Eriksson signed a 6-year contract. (AAV $6,000,000).
  • JUN 27/16 – RFA Emerson Etem signed a 1-year, 1-way contract. (AAV $775,000)
  • JUN 16/16 – RFA Sven Baertschi signed a 2-year contract extension. (AAV $1,850,000)
  • MAY 26/16 – FA Tom Nilsson signed a 1-year, 2-way contract.
  • MAY 16/16 – FA Yan-Pavel Laplante signed a 3-year entry level contract.
  • APR 29/16 – FA Michael Garteig signed a 1-year, entry-level contract.
  • APR 20/16 – Goaltender Thatcher Demko signed a 3-year entry level contract.
  • APR 13/16 – FA Troy Stecher signed a 2-year entry level contract.

Source: http://canucks.nhl.com

Canucks Sign Andrey Pedan & Alexandre Grenier To Two-Way Contract Extensions

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    July 19, 2016

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed defenceman Andrey Pedan and forward Alexandre Grenier each to a one-year, two-way contract extension.

Pedan, 23, appeared in 13 games for the Canucks in his debut NHL season in 2015.16. He recorded at least two hits in each game played and led the team with 3.1 hits per game. The 6-5, 217-pound defenceman also skated in 45 games for the AHL Utica Comets last season, registering career-highs in several categories including games played, goals (7), assists (14) and points (21). Appearing in 129 AHL regular season games over parts of four seasons, Pedan has collected 50 points (15-35-50) along with 258 penalty minutes.

Pedan will receive in 2016-17:

  • $700,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level, according to generalfanager.com

A native of Moscow, Russia, Pedan was acquired from the New York Islanders in exchange for Alexandre Mallet and a 2016 third-round selection on November 25, 2014. He was originally selected by the New York Islanders, 63rd overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Grenier, 24, appeared in six games for Vancouver in his first NHL season in 2015.16. He also appeared in 69 games with the AHL Utica Comets, leading the team in both points (48) and assists (32) and finishing tied for the third in goals (16). The 6-4, 211-pound forward then added a team-high two goals and three points in four Calder Cup Playoff games. In 208 career AHL regular season games over parts of four seasons, Grenier has registered 130 points (50-80-130) along with 172 penalty minutes.

Grenier will receive in 2016-17:

  • $600,000 at the NHL level and $125,000 at the AHL level, with a signing bonus of $25,000, according to generalfanager.com

A native of Laval, Quebec, Grenier was originally selected by Vancouver in the third round, 90th overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Both need to clear waivers to be sent down to the AHL Utica Comets as neither are wavier exempt.

Canucks GM Benning Seeking Left Winger By Hockey Trade, Won’t Trade Hansen

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    July 14, 2016

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In an article in the Province by Ben Kuzma today, Vancouver Canucks GM Jim confirmed he is seeking a second-line left winger

“We’ve been talking to some teams and it would be a hockey trade,” summed up Benning. “The first part of free agency was guys signing and the second layer is going to be teams wanting to move contracts or bodies. Teams know what we’re looking for and we’ll see how it goes.”

Benning also told Kuzma, that Jannik Hansen, who was not shopped at the trade deadline or the draft, is not available for trade.

“We’re not moving Jannik,” he stressed. “I thought he was excellent for us last year and with the way the game is going with speed and skill, he fits that description perfectly. And we have him under a good (cap) number the next couple of years, so we’re not looking to do anything.”

Canucks sign Markstrom to three-year extension

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    July 8, 2016

EDMONTON, AB – APRIL 6: Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers can’t get a shot past goaltender Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Vancouver Canucks on April 6, 2016 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The game is the final game the Oilers will play at Rexall Place before moving to Rogers Place next season. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced July 7 that the Canucks have signed goaltender Jacob Markstrom to a three-year contract extension. The contract will carry an annual average value of $3.67 million and will run through the end of the 2019.20 season.

“Jacob is a talented, competitive goaltender with size and a proven ability to make big saves at crucial moments in a game,” said Jim Benning. “He set career highs in several statistical categories last season and two years ago led the Comets to their first Calder Cup Final. He’s motivated and wants to help his team win. We’re excited to have Jacob competing in a Canucks uniform for years to come.”

Markström is a tall goaltender that has a lot advantage of being big and making himself look even bigger in net. He is a skilled goaltender with great mental strength as one of his major characteristics. He is cool, despite having a strong winner’s instinct. Plays the butterfly style with a decent glove and has fine positioning and agility in net. What has been noticeable, however, is that he sometimes goes down too early and has problems getting up on his feet fast enough after a save. He could also work some with his rebound control, but overall Markström has plenty of raw qualities that makes him a very interesting prospect. http://www.eliteprospects.com

Appearing in his sixth NHL season in 2015.16, Markstrom established career highs for games played (33), starts (30), wins (13), shots against (988), saves (904) and minutes (1,848). The 26-year-old finished the season with a 2.73 goals against average, a .915 save percentage and set career-highs for most shots faced (48) and most saves made (47) in a single game on March 22, 2016 at Winnipeg. Markstrom also posted a record of 1-0-1 along with a 2.40 goals against average during a two game conditioning stint with the AHL Utica Comets to start the season. In 83 career NHL games split between Vancouver and Florida, the 6-6, 201-pound goaltender has a record of 26-42-9 along with a 3.00 goals against average and .904 save percentage.

On the international stage, the Gavle, Sweden native has represented his country in numerous tournaments including the IIHF World Championship in 2016, 2013 (gold) and 2010 (bronze) and at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2010 (bronze) and 2009 (silver). He is also set to represent Team Sweden at the 2016 World Cup.

Markstrom was acquired by Vancouver from Florida alongside Shawn Matthias in exchange for Roberto Luongo and Steven Anthony on March 4, 2014. He was originally selected by Florida in the second round, 31st overall, at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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Source: Canucks sign Markstrom to three-year extension

Canucks Sign Five More Free Agents On Canada Day After Landing Loui Eriksson

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    July 2, 2016

Canucks signed five more free agents on Canada Day after landing Loui Eriksson, caping off an eventful free agent frenzy.

Canucks sign Jayson Megna to one-year deal

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Canucks signed forward Jayson Megna to a one-year, one-way contract that will carry a value of $600,000.

“Jayson brings a combination of size, speed and skill to our team adding depth to our forward group this season,” said Jim Benning. “He has the ability to catch the opposition off-guard with deceptive speed and brings a willingness to play in the difficult areas around the net and in the corners. We’re pleased to be able to add Jayson to the team.”

Megna, 26, split the 2015.16 season between the New York Rangers and the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack. In six games with the Rangers, Megna tallied one goal and one assist (1-1-2) along with two penalty minutes. In 68 games with Hartford, he finished tied for third on the team in goals (15), tied for first in assists (29) and second in points (44). His totals on the year in games played, assists and points were all AHL career-highs.

The 6-1, 195-pound forward has skated in 54 career NHL games over parts of three seasons split between New York and Pittsburgh, registering 12 points (6-6-12) along with 22 penalty minutes. In addition, Megna has appeared in two career NHL playoff games.

Prior to his professional career, Megna played one season with the University of Nebraska-Omaha. During his freshman season in 2011.12, Megna was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team and finished third on the team in goals (13), assists (18) and points (31).

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Megna was originally signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent on August 1, 2012.

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Canucks sign Philip Larsen to one-year deal

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Vancouver signed defenceman Philip Larsen to a one-year, one-way contract that will carry a value of $1,025,000.

“Philip is a skilled, right shot defenceman who can anchor a power play,” said General Manager Jim Benning. “He had a terrific year in the KHL last season and we look forward to him adding offence from the blue line.”

Larsen, 26, spent the 2015.16 season with Jokerit Helsinki of the KHL where he accumulated 38 points (12-26-38) and 39 penalty minutes in 54 games. His 11 goals ranked him tied for second among KHL defencemen while his 36 points ranked him fifth. He also tallied four points (3-1-4) in four playoff games. The 6’1”, 183-pound defenceman has appeared in 125 career NHL games with Dallas and Edmonton, recording 31 points (8-23-31) and 42 penalty minutes.

On the international stage, Larsen has represented Denmark at the World Junior Championships (2008) and the World Championships (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014).

The Esbjerg, Denmark native was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a conditional fifth round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft on February 24, 2016. He was originally drafted by Dallas in the fifth round, 149th overall, at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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Canucks sign Chaput, Rendulic & Billins

Canucks signed forwards Michael Chaput and Borna Rendulic as well as defenceman Chad Billins each to a one-year, two-way contract.

Chaput, 24, split the 2015.16 season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the AHL Lake Erie Monsters. In eight games with Columbus, Chaput posted a goal and an assist (1-1-2) along with five penalty minutes. In 63 games with Lake Erie, he finished second on the team in scoring with 45 points (16-29-45) along with 31 penalty minutes. Chaput also collected eight points (2-6-8) along with with 13 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games to help the Monsters capture their first Calder Cup Championship. The Ile Bizard, Quebec native has registered eight points (2-6-8) and 28 penalty minutes in 58 career NHL games, all with the Blue Jackets.

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Chaput was originally selected by Philadelphia in the third round, 89th overall, at the 2010 NHL Draft.

Rendulic, 24, split the 2015.16 season between the Colorado Avalanche and the AHL San Antonio Rampage. He appeared in three games with Colorado and 68 games with San Antonio, where he registered 38 points (16-22-38) and 41 penalty minutes. Among Rampage skaters, his 16 goals ranked second while his 22 assists and 38 points ranked him fifth. The 6-2, 200-pound forward has appeared in 14 NHL regular season games over parts of two seasons with Colorado, collecting a goal and an assist (1-1-2) along with six penalty minutes.

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A native of Zagreb, Croatia, Rendulic was the first player born in Croatia to sign a contract with an NHL franchise when he was signed by Colorado as a free agent on May 19, 2014.

Billins, 27, scored 31 points (7-24-31) with Linkopings HC of the Swedish Hockey League during the 2015.16 season. A native of Marysville, Michigan, Billins has played 10 career NHL games with Calgary and has recorded three assists (0-3-3). In 141 career AHL games split with the Abbotsford Heat and Grand Rapids Griffins, Billins has registered 79 points (20-59-79) and was a Calder Cup Champion with Grand Rapids in 2013

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The 5-10, 175-pound defenceman was originally signed by Calgary as a free agent on July 5, 2013.

Source: canucks.nhl.com

 

Vancouver Canucks Choose Defenseman Olli Juolevi With 5th Pick In 2016 NHL Draft

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    June 24, 2016

The Vancouver Canucks with their 5th pick of the 2016 NHL draft, chose Olli Juolevi of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

• In 2015-16, Juolevi finished third among Ontario Hockey League rookie defensemen with 9-33—42 in 57 games for the London Knights, earning OHL Second All-Rookie Team and OHL Third All-Star Team honors.

• In the playoffs, Juolevi registered 3-11—14 in 18 games to help the Knights capture the OHL championship. He added 0-7—7 in four games at the 2016 Memorial Cup – where he was named to the tournament All-Star Team – to help the undefeated Knights capture the title for the second time in franchise history.

• Juolevi was a key member of Finland’s gold medal-winning team at the 2016 World Junior Championship where he led all defensemen with nine assists (0-9—9 in 7 GP) and was named to the tournament All-Star Team.

• During 2014-15, Juolevi stocked his trophy case while playing with Jokerit’s junior squad (6-26—32 in 44 GP), where he was named the league’s Best Defenseman, Rookie of the Year and selected to the First All-Star Team.

• Juolevi compares his style of play to Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes. His favorite NHL player is Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber.

Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr:
“Juolevi is a smart, smooth skating, puck moving defenseman with excellent poise and composure. He displays elite hockey sense and instincts with and without the puck and plays in every situation.”

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The 2016 NHL draft started according to plan with the Toronto Maple Leaf’s picking Auston Mathews, with the top pick; and the Winnipeg Jets choosing Patrik Laine, with the second overall pick.

The Columbus Blue Jackets had the third overall pick and pulled off the first surprise by choosing Pierre Luc-Debois.

The fourth pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, was set now to be anybody’s guess, as the the Edmonton Oilers, had a chance to choose the projected number three pick coming into the draft, Jesse Puljujarvi. And they did not disappoint, as they did do just that.

Source: NHL.com, http://canucks.nhl.com

 

Vancouver Makes It Three In A Row With 3-2 Win Over Kings

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    April 4, 2016

The Vancouver Canucks (30-36-13) ended their 5-game season series last night against the Los Angeles Kings (46-28-5) at Rogers Place.

Los Angeles came into the game, 2-5-0 in their past seven games, and one point behind the first-place Anaheim Ducks with four games remaining.

Vancouver entered the game fresh off a successful sweep of a set of California games, against San Jose and Anaheim on March 31 and April 1, snapping a 9 game “winless” streak (0-8-1); and sporting a record of 5-9-1 since March 4.

The Canucks made it three consecutive wins for the first time this season, as they made it a sweep of the California teams and notched their 30th win of the season, in a 3-2 victory on home ice.

Jared McCann scored the winner in the last minute of the second period. Emerson Etem and Jannick Hansen had goals. The Sedin brothers chipped in with assists, along with Derek Dorsett and Bo Horvat. Ryan Miller stopped 35 of 37 shots for a .946 Sv%.

Ryan Miller started the win streak last Thursday against the Sharks, continuing it last night, and now is undefeated in his last two starts.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks VANCOUVER, BC - APRIL 4: Milan Lucic #17 of the Los Angeles Kings, Christopher Tanev #8 and Dan Hamhuis #2 watch Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks make a save during their NHL game at Rogers Arena April 4, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – APRIL 4: Milan Lucic #17 of the Los Angeles Kings, Christopher Tanev #8 and Dan Hamhuis #2 watch Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks make a save during their NHL game at Rogers Arena April 4, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

GAME REVIEW

Both teams started the game with something to prove: the Canucks, that they could play better at home then their 13 wins at home indicate; and the Kings, prove that their rise to the best team in the division is no fluke and that they can play playoff hockey and dominate, opposite from what their previous game indicate.

Jannik Hansen would get the first penalty of the game at 3:27 for tripping Brayden McNabb and the Canucks would kill the disadvantage with little trouble.

The Canucks inability at winning face-offs in the game, losing 6 of the first 7, and being out shot 7 to 1, would lead to the first goal of the game and put the Kings up 1-0 at six minutes.

Tyler Toffoli, his 30th of the season, assisted by Jeff Carter (37) and Drew Doughty (36).

Vancouver would get a chance at 7:51 to respond to the King’s opening goal, with the man advantage, with their second power play of the game, when Andy Andreoff would serve a tripping minor against against  Andrey Pedan.

The Canucks would fail to capitalize, adding to their futility on the power play, making it 1 for 39 in 15 games.

With 8:28 left, Canucks were being out shot 8 to 2; were 1 for 11 on face-offs; and being out hit 5 to 2. Kings with the momentum.

Vancouver would get another chance to improve their power play efficiency when at 14:54 Drew Doughty would visit the sin bin for tripping Jannick Hansen. Need I say more? That’s right, they are now 1 for 40.

Canucks would even up the score though, with 13 seconds left in the period, when Emerson Etem would score his 5th goal of the season, and 2nd goal in three games, assisted by Derek Dorsett (9) and Bo Horvat (23).

Tied at 1-1 after one period.

In the first period:
  • Vancouver out shot by Los Angeles 13-6 and won 6 of 19 face-offs.
  • Canucks out hit by Kings 10 to 8.
  • Vancouver face-off leaders: Markus Granlund-1 for 4; Bo Horvat-3 for 4; Brendan Gaunce-0 for 4; Henrik Sedin-2 for 6; Emerson Etem-0 for 1
  • Emerson Etem- 2 shots
  • Matt Bartkowski, Jake Virtanen and Emerson Etem: 2 hits
  • Vancouver power play 0 for 2; penalty kill, 1-1
  • Canucks TOI: Dan Hamhuis-8:31; Bo Horvat-6:01; Emerson Etem-6:41; Chris Tanev-6:46; Ben Hutton-7:40; Matt Bartkowski-6:19; Daniel Sedin-5:40; Henrik Sedin-5:37; Alex Biega-4:57
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Even Strength:  Vancouver-6; Kings-19
    • All Strengths: Canucks-9; Los Angeles-23
    • Top Canucks:
      • All Situations: Alex Burrows -1; Andrey Pedan -1
      • Even Strength: Alex Burrows, Alex Biega and Andrey Pedan: -1 each

Los Angeles would continue where they left off in the first period, but push back by the Canucks would be quicker than it was in the opening period, as Horvat and Dorsett were buzzing around Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

The Sedins would try a give and go that would lead to the Kings get the puck, leading to the go ahead goal at 9:15. Kyle Clifford, his 3rd goal of the season, deflecting Andy Andreoff (2) pass for the goal.

With 6:30 left, the Canucks were out shooting the Kings, 7-5, still losing face-off battles, 3 for 11; and even in hits at 6 each.

Vancouver would be back on the power play as Vincent Lecavalier  would get some rest time for slashing Daniel Sedin at 13:30. They would get a two-man advantage at 14:20, for 1:10, when Brayden McNabb would be punished with an  illegal check to head  of Alex Burrows.

Jannick Hansen would score on the 5-on-3, his 21rst goal of the season, assisted by Henrik Sedin (43) and Daniel Sedin (33), to make the score 2-2. Canucks second power play goal in 15 games. It was Hansen’s first ppg of the season.

In the last minute of this period, it would be Vancouver who would score again, this time Jared McCann, would get the puck on a turnover and go in all alone on Quick, shooting high on the Kings goalie to bury it on the breakway, giving the Canucks a 3-2 lead going into the 2nd period intermission.

Jared McCann, his 9th goal of the season, unassisted at 19:27.

VANCOUVER, BC - APRIL 4: Jared McCann #91 of the Vancouver Canucks is congratulated at the bench after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings during their NHL game at Rogers Arena April 4, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – APRIL 4: Jared McCann #91 of the Vancouver Canucks is congratulated at the bench after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings during their NHL game at Rogers Arena April 4, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

In the second period:
  • Vancouver out shot Los Angeles 12 to 9 and won 7 of 18 face-offs.
  • Canucks and Kings had 7 hits each.
  • Canucks face-off leaders: Markus Granlund-2 for 7; Bo Horvat-3 for 3; Brendan Gaunce-0 for 2; Henrik Sedin-2 for 6
  • After two periods: D. Sedin-4 shots; E. Etem-3 shots.
  • Vancouver Time On Ice: Alex Biega-5:40; Dan Hamhuis-8:02; Chris Tanev-4:17; Ben Hutton-7:05; Henrik Sedin-6:09; Matt Bartkowski-6:03;  Jannick Hansen-5:40; Daniel Sedin-6:48; Nikita Tryamkin-7:01
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Even Strength: Los Angeles-16; Vancouver-14
    • All Strengths: Kings-16; Canucks-18
    • Top Canucks After Two Periods:
      • All Situations: Bo Horvat +1
      • Even Strength: Alex Biega +2

The third period would come down to who wanted the win more, and both teams played hard, trying to leave everything on the ice when the third period buzzer sounded.

Nikita Tryamkin would give the Kings a man advantage when sent off at 15:15 for holding on Anze Kopitar. Canucks would kill the penalty mking it 2 for 2 in the game.

With two minutes it was anybodys game with the score 3-2 Vancouver. Miller standing on his head in the last half of the period, and the Kings driving hard on the Canucks net.

With 21 second the Kings would have a 6th attacker but all for not as the Canucks would hold on for their first three game winning streak of the season, all three wins coming against the NHL California hockey teams.

In the third period:
  • Vancouver was out shot by Los Angeles 20 to 6 and only won 8 of 20 face-offs.
  • Canucks out hit by Kings 7 to 4.
  • Canucks Time On Ice: Dan Hamhuis-6:36; Daniel Sedin-5:32; Henrik Sedin- 5:20; Chris Tanev-6:45; Ben Hutton-7:28; Jannick Hansen-6:24; Matt Bartkowski-7:05; Bo Horvat-6:31; Alex Biega-6:40; Nikita Tryamkin-5:40
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Even Strength: Vancouver-11; Los Angeles-26
    • All Strengths: Kings-32; Canucks-11
End Of The Game:
  • Vancouver finished with 24 shots, Los Angeles 42 shots, and Canucks won 21 of 57 face-offs.
  • Vancouver had 19 hits to the Kings 24 hits.
  • Canucks penalty kill was 2 for 2; power play was 1 for 4.
  • Vancouver Time On Ice: Ben Hutton-22:13; Dan Hamhuis-23:09; Matt Bartkowski-19:06; Chris Tanev-17:48; Daniel Sedin-18:00; Henrik Sedin-20:11; Alex Biega-17:17; Nikita Tryamkin-17:40
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Even Strength: Kings-61; Canucks-31
    • All Strengths: Kings-71; Vancouver-38
    • Top Canucks in game:
      • All Situations: Alex Biega -1
      • Even Strength: Alex Biega +2


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Vancouver Hosts Los Angeles Tonight At Rogers Place

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    April 4, 2016

CANUCKS VY FOR SEASON HIGH 3RD STRAIGHT WIN

The Vancouver Canucks (29-36-13) end their 5-game season series tonight against the Los Angeles Kings (46-27-5) at Rogers Place.

Los Angeles is 3-1-0 in the previous four games between the two Pacific division rivals.

Vancouver enters the game fresh from a successful sweep of consecutive California games against San Jose and Anaheim on March 31 and April 1. Against San Jose, the Canucks snapped a 9 game “winless” streak (0-8-1), 4-2.

Former Duck, Emerson Etem scored the wining goal against Anaheim with under seven minutes left in the game, for a 3-2  Canucks win. Jannick Hansen contributed two assists; Bo Horvat had a goal and an assist. Dan Hamhuis had the other Canuck goal; Henrik Sedin and Alex Biega each had one assist.

Jacob Markstrom snapped his five game “winless” streak with the victory, stopping 31 of 33 shots, for a .939 Sv%.

Los Angeles, 2-5-0 in the past seven games, are currently one point behind the first-place Anaheim Ducks with four games remaining.

Look for Ryan Miller to start in goal for the Canucks, coming off a 4-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night, after going 0-3-1 in his previous four starts, snapping a 4-game “winless” streak.

Miller is 16-23-9 in 49 game starts this season, with a 2.63 GAA and .917 Sv%, 1 shutout. In his last 7 game starts, his is 2-4-1, with a 2.58 GAA and .927 Sv%.

For the Kings, Jonathan Quick is expect to start, and is 39-22-4, with a 2.21 GAA and .919 Sv%, 5 shutouts.