CANUCKS VS BLUES PREVIEW: (TV: Hockey Night In Canada; Radio: Sportsnet 650)
The Vancouver Canucks face off against the St. Louis Blues for the first of three meetings this season. The Blues visit Rogers Arena again on Dec. 23 and the two teams conclude the season series at the Scottrade Center on Mar. 23.
Vancouver is 5-5-0 in their last 10 games against St. Louis.
To date, Vancouver is 4-5-1 against teams from the Western Conference (1-1-1 versus teams from the Central Division).
Tonight's game is the second and final of a 2-game home stand. The Canucks embark on a 6-game road trip starting in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
VS BLUES NOTES:
• Loui Eriksson recorded his 500th NHL point on Apr. 1/16 at STL. He has 21 points (11-10-21) in 33 career games versus the Blues.
• Sam Gagner has 19 points (8-11-19) in 28 career games versus the Blues.
• Jacob Markstrom is 1-3-0 along with a .865 save percentage and 3.46 GAA in 5 career games versus the Blues.
• Anders Nilsson is 0-1-0 along with a .808 save percentage and 5.00 GAA in 1 career meeting with St. Louis.
• Daniel Sedin has 41 points (11-30-41) in 58 career games versus the Blues.
• Henrik Sedin has 43 points (12-31-43) in 59 career games versus St. Louis.
• Brandon Sutter notched his 100th NHL goal and appeared in his 500th NHL game on Oct. 16/15 vs STL.
• Thomas Vanek collected his 600th NHL point on Mar. 14/15 at STL.
LAST GAME: NOV. 16/17: VAN 2 vs VGK 5
Brock Boeser got the Canucks on the board with an unassisted goal at 12:31 of the second period...Bo Horvat tied the game 2-2 with his team-leading 8th goal of the season at 17:18 of the second...Sam Gagner and Thomas Vanek drew assists on the play...Jacob Markstrom made 25 saves...Brandon Sutter tied a career-high with 5 hits...Alex Edler and Derek Dorsett each had 4 hits.
QUICK HITS (Through Nov. 16):
• Brock Boeser ranks tied for 5th in rookie goals (6) and 3rd in rookie points (16). He also shares the rookie lead in points per game (1.00) and ranks tied for 13th in the NHL in points per 60 at 3.80.
• Bo Horvat ranks 7th in the League in both faceoff wins (216) and offensive faceoff zone wins (83). His 80 defensive zone faceoff wins ranks 9th in the League. Brandon Sutter ranks 21st in faceoff wins with 175 and 5th in defensive zone faceoff wins with 94.
• Michael Del Zotto leads the team in blocked shots with 34 and ice time with 23:29 TOI/game and ranks second in hits with 36.
• Derek Dorsett leads the team in hits (38), ranks second in goals (7) and is 5th in points (9). He ranks 9th in the League for best shooting percentage (29.2%; min. 10 games played) and also leads the NHL in penalty minutes (72).
• Anders Nilsson ranks 2nd in the League in both save percentage (.942) and GAA (1.92). His 2 shutouts on the season are tied for 2nd most in the NHL. At even strength, Nilsson ranks tied for 3rd with a .957 save percentage. Jacob Markstrom ranks 20th with a .931 save percentage at even strength.
• The Canucks rank 9th in faceoff win percentage at 51.4%. Their 55.1% winning percentage in defensive zone draws ranks 5th in the League.
• Vancouver is tied for 9th for fewest goals against per game at 2.61.
• Vancouver is one of 9 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 16 points (6-10-16) over 16 games played; he has 7 points (3-4-7) over the past 7 games.
• Bo Horvat has 12 points (5-7-12) over the past 12 games; he has 8 points (4-4-8) over the past 7 games which includes goals in back-to-back games.
• Sven Baertschi has 10 points (6-4-10) over the past 12 games; he has 2 goals over the past 4 games.
• Thomas Vanek has 5 points (1-4-5) over the past 6 games which includes an assist in back-to-back games.
• Henrik Sedin has 4 points (2-2-4) over the past 6 games.
• Daniel Sedin has 3 points (1-2-3) over the past 6 games.
• Through 8 games in the month of November, the line of Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi have combined for 20 points highlighted by a combined 11-points on Nov. 4 vs PIT.