Everything OOO-Vey, Canucks Get It Done, Beat Detroit 4-3 In Shootout

CANUCKS BANTER  By Andrew Chernoff  December 18, 2015 

Vancouver had been shutout in two of their last three games, and in four of their last nine outings dating back to November 30.

Vancouver came into the game having lost their 3rd game in a row of the road trip, and their 6th straight on the road.

Their captain Henrik Sedin could not play and his consecutive games played ended at 126 games.

But Sedin replacement Linden Vey, a thorn against Detroit last season, rose to the occasion and scored in the seventh round of a shootout to give the Canucks (12-14-8), a 4-3 win against the Red Wings (16-9-7) tonight at Joe Louis Arena.

With the victory, Vancouver pulled into a 3rd place tie with Calgary in the Pacific division of the Western conference, with 32 points.

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Sven Baertschi had two points ( 1-1=2). Jared McCann, his 7th and Radim Vrbata, his 10th, scored for Vancouver (12-14-8), which won for the third time in 11 games (3-6-2).

The Canucks won their first game of the 6 game road trip, ending their three game losing streak to start the trip; and ended their 6 game losing streak on the road going back to November. They are 1-3 with 5 GF and 15 GA.

Ryan Miller made 25 saves through overtime and six more in the shootout.

Vancouver power play was not powerful as it was 0 for 2, with 5 shots. Canucks penalty kill was a perfect 3 for 3, with Miller only facing 4 shots.

On the current road trip their power play is 0 for 8, while their penalty kill is 10 for 14, 71.4%.

The Canucks out shot the Red Wings in the opening period 17-5, and in the game 40-28. Vancouver has out shot their opponents on the current road trip 137-130.

Canucks did not draw well on face-offs as they were 22 for 62. Bo Horvat was 10 for 22; Linden Vey, 5 for 15; Adam Cracknell, 3 for 10; Jared McCann, 2 for 12.

Vancouver face-off win percentage on their present road trip, after 4 games of 6, is an embarrassing 37.9 % (96 for 253).

The Canucks, if things were not desperate for them as it is, have teams in their division with games in hand, that could result in Vancouver making it into the basement of their division sooner than later, if they do not start using the momentum of the win tonight to register more victories, starting Sunday against Florida:

  • Anaheim, currently in last place, has 4 games in hand
  • Los Angeles, Calgary and Arizona, have 3 games in hand
  • San Jose has 2 games in hand
  • Edmonton has 1 game in hand

NEXT GAME UP:  AT FLORIDA PANTERS, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2015

GAME REVIEW

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CANUCKS AT A GLANCE

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CANUCKS PLAYER STATS

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Canucks Future Watch: 12.07.15

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Brock Boeser is for real. The 18-year-old added three more goals to his total in two games over the weekend, extending his points streak to eight games. Boeser is now fourth in the NCAA in goals (first among freshman) and ninth overall in points (second among freshman).

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Right Wing North Dakota NCAA 18 11 8 19 10 +21

Cole Cassels registered one shot on goal in two games this past week. The rookie is still looking for his first career AHL goal.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Centre Utica Comets AHL 16 0 1 1 7 -5

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Thatcher Demko extended his unbeaten streak to 13 games with a win and a tie against Northeastern this past weekend. Demko stopped 55-of-61 shots fired his way as he sits in the Top 4 among NCAA goalies in wins, shutouts, goals-against average and save-percentage.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP W L T GAA SV%
Goaltender Boston College NCAA 15 13 1 1 1.46 .945

Alex Friesen tallied his fourth goal of the season and also picked up a helper in three games this past week. The 24-year-old has four goals in his past eight outings.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Centre Utica Comets AHL 20 4 5 9 30 +1

Brendan Gaunce has been out of action since November 21 with an undisclosed injury. No timetable for his return.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Left Wing Utica Comets AHL 11 5 3 8 6 E

Alex Grenier snapped a five-game goal drought with his fourth of the season on Saturday night, sealing the Comets’ incredible third period comeback with an empty-netter.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Right Wing Utica Comets AHL 22 4 9 13 20 -3

After being held off the scoresheet in the first two games of the week, Nicklas Jensen got the party started on Saturday with his fourth of the season, kicking-off the Comets’ comeback that featured four goals in the final 6:13 of the game.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Right Wing Utica Comets AHL 16 5 5 9 6 +2

Ronalds Kenins was called up to the Canucks on Wednesday. He appeared in two games with the big club this past week, registering two shots on goal in 22:46 of ice time.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Left Wing Utica Comets AHL 7 0 1 1 8 -1

Hunter Shinkaruk left during the second period of Wednesday’s loss to the Phantoms with an injury. There is no timetable on when the 21-year-old will return to the lineup.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Left Wing Utica Comets AHL 19 11 8 19 6 E

Jordan Subban didn’t register a point in two games played this past week. All eight of his points (1-7-8) this year have come in six games.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Defence Utica Comets AHL 15 1 7 8 4 -1

Linden Vey continues to struggle to find the back of the net, picking up just one assist in three games during the week. The 24-year-old has not scored in 17 straight games, and still has just one goal on the season.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Centre Utica Comets AHL 19 1 11 12 8 -4

Source: Canucks Future Watch: 12.07.15 – Vancouver Canucks – Features