The Vancouver Canucks (10-4-4), looking to bounce back from an embarrassing loss on Sunday to Detroit, will open a short two-game home stand tonight facing Shane Doan and the Phoenix Coyotes (8-7-3).
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- The Canucks, coming off a 2-1-1 road trip, will open a short two-game home stand tonight. They have rare three-day break after tonight’s tilt before they conclude the home stand on Saturday with a visit from the defending Stanley Cup champion LA Kings.
- The Coyotes are wrapping up their three-game Western Canada road swing and are still seeking their first win of the trip. They dropped a 3-2 shootout decision in Edmonton on Saturday and a 5-4 regulation decision in Calgary on Sunday.
- Vancouver is winless in their last two home games (0-1-1) and are 5-2-2 overall on home ice this season. Phoenix is tied for the fewest road wins this season with just two (2-4-2).
- The Canucks and Coyotes split their season series last year with each team winning twice, including once each at Rogers Arena.
- The Coyotes have emerged victorious in three of their last four trips to Vancouver going 3-0-1 in their last four visits to Rogers Arena. Their lone loss in their last four visits to Vancouver came in a shootout last season.
- Canucks F Ryan Kesler (2-2-4) and now ex-Coyotes F Ray Whitney (1-3-4) shared the lead in the points during last year’s season series.
- Canucks G Cory Schneider and G Roberto Luongo each had two starts in last year’s season series against the Coyotes. Schneider, however, had by far the better numbers posting a 1-0-1 record and only allowing just one goal on 57 shots faced in his two outings for a 0.48 GAA and .982 save percentage.
- Coyotes G Mike Smith earned both of the Coyotes win in last year’s season series for his squad although his numbers aren’t quite as gaudy as Schneider’s. He gave up 10 goals on 120 shots over his three starts for a 3.25 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
- The eight goals the Canucks surrendered to Detroit on Sunday is the most they’ve given up in a single game since Game 3 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston – an 8-1 loss. The last time they gave up that many goals in a regulation game was back on April 1, 2010 in an 8-3 road loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
- Six of F Daniel Sedin’s team-leading seven goals have come in first periods. No other Canuck has more than two first period markers.
- Ex-Canuck and current Coyote F Raffi Torres will be playing his 11th game since returning from his 21-game suspension for hitting Chicago’s Marian Hossa during last year’s playoffs. He’s been on a hot streak lately netting three goals and five points in his last four outings. Last season, he failed to record a point in four games against the Canucks and had a team-worse minus-five in the season series.
- Canucks’ captain F Henrik Sedin will see his ironman streak reach 400 games tonight. His ironman streak is the second-longest active streak in the NHL behind only Calgary’s D Jay Bouwmeester (605 and counting entering play today).
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Tonight’s game faces off at 7 pm PT and can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific. Listen live on The TEAM 1040 Sports Radio or online at teamradio.ca.
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