CANUCKS VS RED WINGS PREVIEW
The Vancouver Canucks face off against the Detroit Red Wings for the second of two meetings this season. The Canucks won the first meeting 4-1 on Oct. 22.
Vancouver is 4-4-2 in their last 10 games against Pittsburgh (2-1-2 in their last 5). They are 5-2-1 in 8 games this season versus Eastern Conference teams.
Tonight's game is the fifth of a 5-game homestand where Vancouver has gone 2-2-1 prior to tonight's game.
VS RED WINGS NOTES
• Daniel Sedin has 50 points (20-30-50) in 54 career games versus the Red Wings
• Henrik Sedin has 48 points (10-38-48) in 55 career games versus Detroit.
• Sam Gagner has 16 points (7-9-16) in 30 career games versus Detroit.
• Thomas Vanek played 48 games for the Red Wings to start the 2016.17 season. Prior to being traded to Florida, his 15 goals led the team and his 2.8 points per hour ranked in the top-five among NHL forwards. In his career versus Detroit, Vanek has registered 10 points (5-5-10) in 19 games.
HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER
The Canucks host their Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness night on Nov. 6 against the Red Wings. Below are some details about the night:
• Players will again wear lavender jerseys for warm up, which will be autographed and auctioned off. Proceeds will go to Canucks for Kids Fund in support of Ronald McDonald House BC. These jerseys include a patch on the front showing who each player is fighting for.
• Players will also wear Hockey Fights Cancer decals on helmets and use lavender stick tape for warm up. Coaches, management and on-air TV hosts will wear Hockey Fight Cancer ties.
• Various local cancer agencies (including doctors, researchers, patients and volunteers) will be hosted in suites and seats throughout Rogers Arena recognizing their ongoing efforts to battle cancer.
• A child living with cancer will watch warm up from the penalty box and have a player skate over and present him/her with his stick.
• A cancer patient from BC Children's Hospital will participate in a ceremonial puck drop at the start of the game.
• Canucks Team Store will be selling Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys with proceeds supporting the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.
• Rogers Arena will be lit with lavender lights pre- and post-game while all sponsor logos on the rink boards will be colored lavender for the game.
LAST GAME: NOV. 4/17: VAN 4 vs PIT 2
Brock Boeser recorded his first career hat trick and set a career high for points in a game (3-1-4)...Bo Horvat also established a career high for most points in a game (1-3-4)...Sven Baertschi tied a career high for most points in a game (0-3-3)...Jacob Markstrom faced 39 shots.
QUICK HITS (Through Nov. 4)
• Brock Boeser ranks tied for 3rd in rookie goals (5) and 2nd in rookie points (13). He also ranks tied for 1st among rookies in points per game (1.30).
• Bo Horvat ranks t-12th in the League in faceoff wins (148). Brandon Sutter ranks 24th with 122.
• Michael Del Zotto leads the team and ranks tied for t-18th in the League in blocked shots with 29. He also leads the team and ranks 20th in the League with 24:35 TOI/game.
• Derek Dorsett leads the team in goals (6), hits (32) and penalty minutes (44) and is fourth in points (8). He ranks 7th in the League for best shooting percentage (30.0%; min. 10 games played).
• The Canucks rank t-6th in faceoff win percentage at 52.0%.
• The Canucks have killed off 22 of the last 24 penalties. Their penalty kill currently ranks t-7th in the NHL at 83.3%.
• Vancouver is t-2nd for fewest goals against per game at 2.31.
• According to Elias Sports Bureau, with his second shutout in his third game of the season, Anders Nilsson became the latest goalie to record two shutouts over his first three games with a team since Michael Neuvirth recorded shutouts in his second and third appearances with the Flyers on Oct.12-14/15.
• 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.
• With his 3 point performance on Oct. 20 at BUF, Derek Dorsett tied a career-high for both goals (2) and points (3) in a game. His first goal shorthanded was the 4th such goal of his career.
THE GOING RATE
• Jake Virtanen has 3 points (2-1-3) over the past 7 games including goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his NHL career on Oct. 22-24. He scored in 3 straight last season with Utica from Dec. 7-10.
• Brock Boeser has 12 points (5-8-12) over 10 games played, which included his first career hat trick and career high four points on Nov. 4/17 vs PIT.
• Michael Del Zotto recorded at least an assist in 4 straight games from Oct. 17-22: 5 assists, which tied a career high (Dec. 5-11/11: 5 assists).
• Derek Dorsett has 6 goals over the past 10 games. This included a 3-goal scoring streak, the longest goal scoring streak of his career, from Oct. 19-22.
• Alex Burmistrov has 5 points (1-4-5) over the past 10 games.
• Sam Gagner has 2 points (1-1-2) over the past 4 games.
• Bo Horvat has 8 points (2-6-8) over the past 6 games. • Sven Baertschi has 6 (2-4-6) points over the past 4 games.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
On Nov. 4/17, at the age of 20 years, 252 days old, Brock Boeser became the third youngest player in franchise history to notch a hat trick, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Trevor Linden was the youngest to achieve the feat on Nov. 17, 1988 at 18 years, 220 days. He followed that up with his second hat trick five days later. Tony Tanti ranks second on the list, collecting his first on Jan. 15, 1984 at 20 years, 130 days.