CANUCKS VS PENGUINS PREVIEW: (TV: Sportsnet; Radio: Sportsnet 650)
The Vancouver Canucks face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second of two meetings this season. The two squared off in Vancouver on November 4th that resulted in a 4-3 Canucks win.
To date, Vancouver is 6-3-1 against teams from the Eastern Conference (3-1-0 versus teams from the Metropolitan Division).
Tonight's game is the second 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 1-4-0 in the last 5 games played against the Penguins. Brock Boeser (3-1-4) and Bo Horvat (1-3-4) lead skaters in the 2017.18 season series vs Pittsburgh; Brock Boeser collected his first career hat trick vs the Penguins on Nov. 4. Thomas Vanek leads Canucks skaters in career points against the Penguins with 30 (17-13-30) in 41 games played.
Loui Eriksson enters tonight's game having played 799 games in the NHL. A total of 25 Swedish born players all-time and 67 active players have reached 800 career games in the NHL. Eriksson has accumulated 534 career points (224-310-534) and 154 penalty minutes in 799 games.
The Vancouver Canucks play their third of 10 back-to-back series this season, concluding tonight against the Penguins. Vancouver is 3-2-0 (1-2-0 in the first game and 2-0-0 in the second game) in back-to-back series in 2017.18.
LAST GAME: NOV. 21/17: VAN 5 at PHI 2
Daniel Sedin opened the scoring at 9:42 in the first period; he posted 1-1-2 on the night...Brock Boeser notched two goals, extending his goal scoring streak to three games...Sven Baertschi collected the Canucks second power play goal of the night...Loui Eriksson netted his first goal of the season...Jacob Markstrom faced 38 shots.
QUICK HITS (Through Nov. 20):
• Brock Boeser ranks tied for 2nd in rookie goals (9) and t-2nd in rookie points (19). He also ranks tied for 1st in the NHL in points per 60 at 3.76 (min 5 games played).
• Bo Horvat ranks 9th in the League in faceoff wins (234) and7th in 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 6th in defensive zone faceoff wins with 101.
• Michael Del Zotto leads the team in blocked shots with 39 and ice time with 23:04 TOI/game and ranks first in hits with 43.
• Anders Nilsson ranks tied for t-6th in the League in save percentage (.929) and 8th in GAA (2.30). His 2 shutouts on the season are tied for 3rd most in the NHL. Jacob Markstrom ranks tied for t-18th in GAA with 2.59 and tied for 25th in save percentage (.912).
• The Canucks rank 13th in faceoff win percentage at 50.8%. Their 55.2% winning percentage in defensive zone draws ranks 4th in the League. • Vancouver is 11th for fewest goals against per game at 2.76.
• Vancouver is one of 5 teams that have collected 14 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 19 points (9-10-19) over 18 games played; he is currently on a four game scoring streak (4-1-5) and, according to Elias Sports Bureau, is the first Canucks rookie to score at least one goal in three consecutive team games since Jason King did so from Nov. 3-8, 2003 (4 games).
• Bo Horvat has 9 points (4-5-9) over the past 9 games.
• Sven Baertschi has 11 points (4-4-8) over the past 9 games; his two points (1-1-2) on Nov. 21 at PHI marked his fifth multi-point game of the season.
• Thomas Vanek has 7 points (1-6-7) over the past 8 games which includes an assist in the last four consecutive games.
• Through 10 games in the month of November, the line of Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi have combined for 27 points highlighted by a combined 11-points on Nov. 4 vs PIT.