CANUCKS VS FLYERS PREVIEW: (TV: Sportsnet Pacific; Radio: Sportsnet 650)
The Vancouver Canucks face off against the Philadelphia Flyers for the first of two meetings this season. The Flyers visit Vancouver on Dec. 7 to conclude the season series.
To date, Vancouver is 5-3-1 against teams from the Eastern Conference in 2017.18 (2-1-0 versus teams from the Metropolitan Division).
Tonight's game is the first of a 6-game road trip that sees visits to 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 in the last 5 games played against the Flyers. Over that span, Daniel Sedin (1-3-4) and Bo Horvat (1-3-4) led the Canucks in scoring, while Markus Granlund led the team in goals (3).
Thomas Vanek leads Canucks skaters in career points against the Flyers with 31 (14-17-31) in 39 games played.
Tonight's game marks Michael Del Zotto's first appearance against his former team. Del Zotto played three seasons with the Flyers from 2014-2017, collecting 63 points (20-43-63) in 167 games played.
Sam Gagner also played one season with Philadelphia in 2015.16, posting 16 points (8-8-16) in 53 games. The Vancouver Canucks play their third of 10 back-to-back series this season, beginning tonight against the Flyers. Vancouver is 2-2-0 (0-2-0 in the first game and 2-0-0 in the second game) in back-to-back series in 2017.18.
LAST GAME: NOV. 18/17: VAN 3 vs STL 4 OT
Brock Boeser notched the game's first goal at 11:44 in the first...Markus Granlund scored his third career shorthanded goal and first of the 2017.18 season...Sven Baertschi collected a power play goal at 10:58 in the second, his fourth of the season, placing him in a tie with Bo Horvat for team lead...Loui Erkisson (0-2-2) and Sven Baertschi (1-1-2) led Canucks skaters in scoring...Anders Nilsson faced 31 shots.
QUICK HITS (Through Nov. 19):
• Brock Boeser ranks tied for t-2nd in rookie goals (7) and 3rd in rookie points (17). He also ranks tied for 15th in the NHL in points per 60 at 3.76.
• Bo Horvat ranks 7th in the League in both faceoff wins (228) and offensive faceoff zone wins (85). His 85 defensive zone faceoff wins ranks him tied for 8th in the League. Brandon Sutter ranks 21st in faceoff wins with 186 and tied for 4th in defensive zone faceoff wins with 101.
• Michael Del Zotto leads the team in blocked shots with 35 and ice time with 23:21 TOI/game and ranks tied for first in hits with 39.
• Derek Dorsett shares the team lead in hits (39), ranks tied for second in goals (7) and is 5th in points (9). He ranks 5th in the League for best shooting percentage (26.9%) and also leads the NHL in penalty minutes (74).
• Anders Nilsson ranks tied for 7th in the League in save percentage (.929) and 10th in GAA (2.30). His 2 shutouts on the season are tied for 3rd most in the NHL. Jacob Markstrom ranks tied for 20th in GAA with 2.63 and tied for 28th in save percentage (.909).
• The Canucks rank 10th in faceoff win percentage at 51.5%. Their 55.2% winning percentage in defensive zone draws ranks 4th in the League.
• Vancouver is 13th for fewest goals against per game at 2.80.
• Vancouver is one of 10 teams that have collected 12 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 17 points (7-10-17) over 17 games played; he has is currently on a three game scoring streak (2-1-3).
• Bo Horvat has 9 points (4-5-9) over the past 8 games; he is on a three game scoring streak (2-1-3).
• Sven Baertschi has 10 points (3-4-7) over the past 8 games; his two points (1-1-2) on Nov. 19 vs STL marked his fourth multi-point game of the season.
• Thomas Vanek has 6 points (1-5-6) over the past 7 games which includes an assist in the last three consecutive games.
• Through 9 games in the month of November, the line of Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi have combined for 24 points highlighted by a combined 11-points on Nov. 4 vs PIT.