CANUCKS VS PREDATORS PREVIEW: (TV: Sportsnet Pacific; Radio: Sportsnet 650)
The Vancouver Canucks face off against the Nashville Predators for the first of three meetings this season. The Predators visit Vancouver on Dec. 3 and Mar. 2 to conclude the season series.
To date, Vancouver is 4-5-2 against teams from the Western Conference (1-1-2 versus teams from the Central Division).
Tonight's game is the sixth of a 6-game road trip against the Flyers (Nov. 21), the Penguins (Nov. 22), the Devils (Nov. 24), the Rangers (Nov. 26), the Islanders (Nov. 28) and the Predators (Nov. 30). Vancouver has gone 2-2-1 on the trip to date.
Vancouver shares the lead League for most road wins this season with 8 and ranks tied for second for most road points with 17.
Vancouver has gone 2-1-2 in the last 5 games played against the Predators. During that span, Bo Horvat led the Canucks in points with four (2-2-4) against Nashville. Henrik Sedin leads Canucks skaters in career points against the Predators with 48 (9-39-48) in 55 games played.
LAST GAME: NOV. 28/17: VAN 2 at NYI 5
Thomas Vanek netted the Canucks first goal of the game on the power play at 6:25 in the first period...Bo Horvat collected his first shorthanded goal of the season...Loui Eriksson, Sam Gagner and Chris Tanev each collected an assist on the night...Anders Nilsson faced 36 shots.
QUICK HITS (Through Nov. 28):
• Brock Boeser ranks tied for 1st in rookie goals (11) and 2nd in rookie points (22). He also ranks t-11th in the NHL in points per 60 at 3.71 (min 5 games played). He ranks 5th in the NHL for best shooting percentage (19.3%).
• Bo Horvat ranks 9th in the League in faceoff wins (278) and 7th in offensive faceoff zone wins (105). His 102 defensive zone faceoff wins ranks him ranked 9th in the League.
• Michael Del Zotto leads the team in blocked shots with 41 and ice time with 22:09 TOI/game and ranks first in hits with 58.
• Anders Nilsson ranks t-13th in the League in save percentage (.924) and t-17th in GAA (2.63). His 2 shutouts on the season are tied for 4th most in the NHL. Jacob Markstrom ranks tied for t-17th in GAA with 2.63 and 27th in save percentage (.909).
• Derrick Pouliot notched the game-winning goal on Nov. 22/17 at PIT; all three of his career goals have been game-winners.
• The Canucks rank 17th in faceoff win percentage at 50.3%. Their 54.2% winning percentage in defensive zone draws ranks 7th in the League.
• Vancouver is 10th for fewest goals against per game at 2.84.
• Vancouver is one of 5 teams that have collected 17 or more points on the road thus far.
• The Canucks road power play ranks 5th in the League at 26.7% (12-45).
• Vancouver ranks t-2nd for most shorthanded goals this season (3).
• 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.
• 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. Achieving the feat in his 19th career game, he also became the third quickest Canuck to record a hat trick (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau).
THE GOING RATE:
• Henrik Sedin has five assists in the last five games.
• Brock Boeser has 22 points (11-11-22) over 22 games played; he had a six game scoring streak (6-2-8) Nov. 14-24 and is the third Canucks rookie in the last 26 seasons to have recorded at least one goal in four consecutive team games from Nov. 16-22/17 (Pavel Bure did it 3x during the 1991.92 season and Jason King did so in the 2003.04 season).
• Bo Horvat has 11 points (6-5-11) over the past 13 games.
• Sven Baertschi has 9 points (4-5-9) over the past 13 games; his two points (1-1-2) on Nov. 21 at PHI marked his fifth multi-point game of the season.
• Thomas Vanek has 11 points (2-9-11) over the past 12 games. He tied a career high for most consecutive games with an assist, collecting six assists in 5 straight games; it marked the third time in his career he has achieved this feat.
• Loui Eriksson has collected seven points (3-4-7) in the last 6 games.
• Daniel Sedin has 4 points (2-2-4) in the last 5 games.
• Through 13 games in the month of November, the line of Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi have combined for 33 points highlighted by a combined 11-points on Nov. 4 vs PIT.
Daniel Sedin enters tonight's game with 998 career NHL points. He holds a number of franchise records including goals (375), power play goals (130), and game-winning goals (82). Of those 998 career points, 486 (186-300-486) have been scored in 624 road games while 512 (189-323-512) have been scored in 626 home games. A total of 349 points (130-219-349) have come on the power play. He has notched 82 game-winning goals, 15 overtime goals but has yet to net a shorthanded goal. Daniel Sedin has led the Canucks in scoring on five occasions (2006-07, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2014-15, and 2015-16) and led the League in scoring in 2010-11, earning the Art Ross Trophy. He has more points against Calgary than any other NHL team (29-58-87 in 91 GP) and more goals (36) against Edmonton than any other NHL team.
Counting down to 1000:
• Only one player in Canucks history has reached 1000 points, all with Vancouver (Henrik Sedin)
• 86 players in NHL history and seven active have accumulated 1000 points.
• 4 Swedish born players have achieved the feat: Mats Sundin (1349), Daniel Alfredsson (1157), Nicklas Lidstrom (1142) and Henrik Sedin (1032).