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Canucks limp into Brooklyn trying to bump the slump

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Ian Lusher Nov 07, 2016 2:00 am 305

Remember when the Canucks were riding a four-game winning streak and putting together comeback after comeback? Me neither.

Vancouver is coming off of a wild 6-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and has now lost eight straight. Tonight they will look to finally add one to the win column against a New York Islanders team that is struggling almost as much.

Matchup

Vancouver Canucks (4-7-1, 9 points) vs New York Islanders (4-6-2, 10 points)

Venue: Barclays Center,  Brooklyn, NY

Time: 4 pm PT

TV: Sportsnet

Radio: TSN 1040

By the numbers

  Canucks Islanders
Goals for 1.58 (30th) 2.75 (13th)
Goals against 2.75 (17th) 3.00 (23rd)
Power play % 7.7 (30th) 11.4 (24th)
Penalty kill % 84.8 (8th) 78.3 (23rd)
Shots for 26.9 (29th) 29.5 (19th)
Shots against 28.6 (22nd) 31.1 (12th)
Faceoff % 49.1 (19th) 48.8 (22nd)

Lineup

Jannik Hansen was placed on the IR this morning after suffering a shoulder injury as a result of a hit by Morgan Rielly on Saturday night. That isn’t going to help matters.

Michael Chaput has been called up from Utica to take his place. Ryan Miller gets the start in goal.

There weren’t any reported line rushes, although it was revealed that Loui Eriksson will play on the top line, while Chaput draws in on the fourth line.

*Update: Alex Edler will return from injury, while Jake Virtanen and Troy Stecher will sit

D. Sedin H. Sedin Eriksson
Granlund Sutter Burrows
Baertschi Horvat Dorsett
Chaput Gaunce Skille
Edler Larsen
Hutton Gudbranson
Sbisa Tryamkin
Miller
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What you need to know

1. The hit

By now you may have gotten over the fact that Nazem Kadri received no supplemental discipline for his cheap shot on Daniel Sedin. Maybe you haven’t and just need a good laugh.

Check out this gem:

The reality is that the Canucks and their fans often feel like they have gotten the shaft when it comes to the NHL Department of Player Safety. Just add Saturday night’s hit to the list.

2. Time for Baertschi to be a difference maker

The Canucks need someone to step up not named Sedin. Certainly Loui Eriksson needs to get it going, but Sven Baertschi is one player that Vancouver really needs to start scoring as well.

The 24-year-old left winger had high expectations at the start of the season, but has been snake bitten (not unlike most of the team) on the scoresheet. Baertschi is one of the few players that has looked dangerous on a regular basis.

If the Canucks are to end this eight game winless streak, they are going to need Baertschi to figure it out quickly. He is one of the few players on the team that has the ability to score in bunches. Tonight in Brooklyn would be a good place to start.

3. Islanders in a funk

Prior to the start of the season, Islanders coach Jack Capuano was named by Oddsshark as the third coach most likely to get fired first this season. Only John Tortorella (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Willie Desjardins had better odds of being the first to be let go by their respective teams. It seems the odds makers had it right.

The Islanders have struggled so far this season and currently sit last in the Metropolitan Division. They’ve lost five of their last six games, with four of those losses coming at home.

Things are not going to get any easier for them as it was just announced that talented defenceman Travis Hamonic will be out 4-6 weeks with an upper body injury.

High profile offseason free agent signing, Andrew Ladd, has struggled to fit in with his new team. Ladd has just one point in New York’s first 12 games.

Prediction

This is a battle of two teams that are possibly blowing any chance of a successful season within the first four weeks of the new NHL season.

The Islanders are coming off one of their best performances of the year, a 4-3 shootout loss to the Oilers, and the Canucks are trying to rebound from the debacle in Toronto. Baertschi and Eriksson hit the score sheet, but the Canucks lose their ninth straight in a 5-3 loss.


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Ian Lusher
Lifelong Canucks fan, lover of all things Seinfeld, and avid Yankees fan.

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