CANUCKS VS SABRES PREVIEW
The Vancouver Canucks face off against the Buffalo Sabres for the first of two meetings this season. The Canucks face the Sabres at Rogers Arena on Jan. 25.
Vancouver is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games against Buffalo dating back to the 2010.11 season (3-2-0 in their last 5).
Tonight's game marks the third game of the Canucks first road trip of the season that also sees stops in Detroit (Oct. 22) and Minnesota (Oct. 24).
VS SABRES NOTES
-Thomas Vanek was drafted by Buffalo fifth overall in the 2003 NHL Draft. In parts of 9 seasons with the team, Vanek registered 497 points (254-243-497). His 254 goals ranks fifth all-time in team history while his 106 power play goals and 41 game winning goals rank 4th all-time in each category. He has faced his former team on 11 occasions and has 7 points (3-4-7) in those games.
-Anders Nilsson spent the 2016.17 season with the Sabres posting a career-high for wins (10) and games played (26) along with a 2.67 GAA and .923 save percentage. His shots against (857), saves (791) and minutes played (1,485) last season with Buffalo were also career-highs. Against his former team, Nilsson is 3-0-0 along with a 1.95 GAA and .944 save percentage.
-In 4 career games versus the Sabres, Jacob Markstrom has posted a 3-1-0 record along with a 2.21 GAA and .922 save percentage.
-Alexander Burmistrov registered his first career goal on Oct. 29/10 vs BUF.
-In his last meeting with Buffalo on Feb. 12/17, Michael Chaput registered a career-high 2 goals.
-In 25 career games versus the Sabres, Michael Del Zotto has registered 12 points (all assists).
-Sam Gagner's last power play goal occurred on Mar. 10/17 at BUF. In 13 games versus the Sabres in his career, Gagner has registered 10 points (3-7-10).
-Daniel Sedin has recorded 18 points (5-13-18) in 20 career games versus the Sabres.
-Henrik Sedin has collected 14 points (4-10-14) in 20 career games versus Buffalo.
-Brandon Sutter has 15 points (7-8-15) in 26 career games versus the Sabres.
LAST GAME OCT. 19: VAN 3 at BOS 6
Derek Dorsett opened the scoring at 2:58 of the first...Thomas Vanek scored on a power play tip-in at 16:06 of the second and Bo Horvat added a goal 34 seconds later to cut the Bruins lead to 5-3...Anders Nilsson made 13 saves on 17 shots while Jacob Markstrom made 16 saves on 18 shots in relief...Michael Del Zotto tied a career-high with 2 assists and registered a season/team-high 6 shots...Brock Boeser, Chris Tanev, Sven Baertschi and Sam Gagner each recorded an assist. BACK-TO-BACK The Canucks embark on the second game of their first of 10 back-to-back series this season. In 2016.17, the Canucks played in 16 back-to-back series posting a record of 13-18-1 including a record of 7-8-1 in the first game and 6-10-0 in the second game.
-Brock Boeser ranks tied for 7th in rookie goals (2) and tied for 4th in rookie points (5). He also ranks third among rookies in points per game (1.25).
-Bo Horvat ranks 8th in the League in faceoff wins (70).
-Michael Del Zotto's 6 blocked shots on the PK ranks tied for 4th in the League. He also leads the team with 11 blocks and in TOI/game (24:28).
-Derek Dorsett leads the team in hits with 14.
-The Canucks rank 6th in faceoff win percentage at 52.8%.
-With his third career shutout on Oct. 17 at OTT, Anders Nilsson became the third Canucks goaltender to post a shutout in his
-Canucks debut (joining Mike Fountain (1993) and Johan Hedberg (2003)). He also became the first Canucks goaltender to earn a shutout at Ottawa since Kay Whitmore on Apr. 4/93.
-Chris Tanev's goal on Oct. 12 vs WPG and Oct. 10 vs OTT marked the first time in his career he has scored in consecutive games.
-With his 68th shootout attempt on Oct. 10 vs OTT, Thomas Vanek moved to 24th all-time in NHL history in shootout attempts. His 28 shootout goals ranks him t-19th in NHL history.
THE GOING RATE
-Brock Boeser has 5 points (2-3-5) over 4 games played.
-Sven Baertschi has an assist in 3 straight games.
-Michael Del Zotto has 4 assists over the past 3 games.
-Derek Dorsett has 2 goals over the past 3 games.
-Thomas Vanek has a goal in 2 straight games.
-Alex Burmistrov has 3 points (1-2-3) over the past 3 games.