CANUCKS VS DEVILS PREVIEW: (TV: Sportsnet Pacific; Radio: Sportsnet 650)
The Vancouver Canucks face off against the New Jersey Devils for the second of two meetings this season. The Devils squared off against Vancouver on Nov. 1, which resulted in a 2-0 loss for the Canucks.
To date, Vancouver is 7-3-1 against teams from the Eastern Conference (4-1-0 versus teams from the Metropolitan Division). Tonight's game is the third 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).
The Canucks enter tonight's game on a three-game road win streak. Vancouver shares the lead League for most road wins this season (alongside St. Louis) with 8 and ranks tied for second with New Jersey for most road points with 16.
Vancouver is 0-3-2 in their last 5 games against New Jersey. Henrik Sedin leads Canucks skaters in career points against the Devils with 17 (4-13-17) in 20 games played.
The Canucks power play has gone 5/10 and has collected at least one PPG in the last three consecutive games. Brock Boeser enters tonight's game on a four game goal scoring streak. Dennis Ververgaert holds the Canucks record for the longest goal-scoring streak by a rookie with six games.
LAST GAME: NOV. 22/17: VAN 5 at PIT 2
The Canucks won their third straight road game...Brock Boeser notched two goals and extended his goal scoring streak to 4 games...Loui Eriksson played in his 800th career game...Derrick Pouliot recorded the game-winner and Brandon Sutter collected the empty-netter in their first visits back to Pittsburgh...Loui Eriksson also recorded a goal...Anders Nilsson faced 45 shots...the Canucks power play went 2/3.
QUICK HITS (Through Nov. 20):
• Brock Boeser ranks tied for 1st in rookie goals (11) and 1st in rookie points (21). He also ranks tied for 8th in the NHL in points per 60 at 4.13 (min 5 games played).
• Bo Horvat ranks 9th in the League in faceoff wins (246) and 7th in offensive faceoff zone wins (95). His 90 defensive zone faceoff wins ranks him ranked 9th in the League. Brandon Sutter ranks 18th in faceoff wins with 207 and tied for third in defensive zone faceoff wins with 113.
• Michael Del Zotto leads the team in blocked shots with 39 and ice time with 22:57 TOI/game and ranks first in hits with 45.
• Anders Nilsson ranks 3rd in the League in save percentage (.934) and 6th in GAA (2.25). His 2 shutouts on the season are tied for 4th most in the NHL. Jacob Markstrom ranks tied for t-14th in GAA with 2.59 and tied for 24th in save percentage (.912).
• 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 12th in faceoff win percentage at 50.9%. Their 54.7% winning percentage in defensive zone draws ranks 5th in the League.
• Vancouver is 8th for fewest goals against per game at 2.73.
• Vancouver is one of 3 teams that have collected 16 or more points on the road thus far.
• 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:
• Brock Boeser has 21 points (11-10-21) over 19 games played; he is currently on a five game scoring streak (6-1-7) and is the third Canucks rookie in the last 26 seasons to record at least one goal in four consecutive team games (Pavel Bure did it 3x during the 1991.92 season and Jason King did so in the 2003.04 season).
• Bo Horvat has 9 points (4-5-9) over the past 10 games.
• Sven Baertschi has 9 points (4-5-9) over the past 10 games; his two points (1-1-2) on Nov. 21 at PHI marked his fifth multi-point game of the season.
• Thomas Vanek has 9 points (1-8-9) over the past 9 games which includes at least one assist in the last five consecutive games.
• Through 11 games in the month of November, the line of Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi have combined for 30 points highlighted by a combined 11-points on Nov. 4 vs PIT.