CANUCKS VS ISLANDERS PREVIEW: (TV: Sportsnet Pacific; Radio: Sportsnet 650)
The Vancouver Canucks face off against the New York Islanders for the first of two meetings this season. The Islanders visit Vancouver on Mar. 5 to conclude the season series.
To date, Vancouver is 7-4-2 against teams from the Eastern Conference (4-2-1 versus teams from the Metropolitan Division).
Tonight's game is the fifth 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 shares the lead League for most road wins this season (alongside St. Louis and New Jersey) with 8 and ranks tied for second with St. Louis for most road points with 17.
Vancouver has gone 2-2-1 in the last 5 games played against the Islanders. During that span, Daniel Sedin (2-2-4) and Henrik Sedin (0-4-4) led the Canucks in scoring against the Islanders. Thomas Vanek leads Canucks skaters in career points against the Islanders with 26 (11-15-26) in 37 games played.
LAST GAME: NOV. 26/17: VAN 3 at NYR 4 (SO)
Loui Eriksson opened the scoring at 7:54 in the first...Jake Virtanen extended the Canucks lead to two goals...Sam Gagner collected the Canuck's third goal...Alex Edler played in his 700th career game...Jacob Markstrom faced 20 shots.
QUICK HITS (Through Nov. 26):
• Brock Boeser ranks tied for 1st in rookie goals (11) and 2nd in rookie points (22). He also ranks t-9th in the NHL in points per 60 at 3.88 (min 5 games played).
• Bo Horvat ranks 7th in the League in faceoff wins (268) and 7th in offensive faceoff zone wins (103). His 97 defensive zone faceoff wins ranks him ranked 9th in the League. Brandon Sutter ranks t-21st in faceoff wins with 210 and tied for fifth in defensive zone faceoff wins with 113.
• Michael Del Zotto leads the team in blocked shots with 40 and ice time with 22:24 TOI/game and ranks first in hits with 56.
• Anders Nilsson ranks t-4th in the League in save percentage (.934) and 8th in GAA (2.25). His 2 shutouts on the season are tied for 4th most in the NHL. Jacob Markstrom ranks tied for t-18th in GAA with 2.63 and 26th 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 t-15th in faceoff win percentage at 50.5%. Their 54.3% winning percentage in defensive zone draws ranks 7th in the League.
• Vancouver is 8th for fewest goals against per game at 2.75.
• Vancouver is one of 3 teams that have collected 17 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:
• Henrik Sedin has five assists in the last four consecutive games.
• Brock Boeser has 22 points (11-11-22) over 21 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 10 points (5-5-10) over the past 12 games.
• Sven Baertschi has 9 points (4-5-9) over the past 12 games; his two points (1-1-2) on Nov. 21 at PHI marked his fifth multi-point game of the season.
• Thomas Vanek has 10 points (1-9-10) over the past 11 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 six points (3-3-6) in the last 5 games.
• Daniel Sedin has 4 points (2-2-4) in the last 4 games.
• Through 12 games in the month of November, the line of Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi have combined for 32 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 623 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).