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NHL Preview: Vancouver Canucks (9-2-1) at Ottawa Senators (5-6-0)



• Tonight marks the first of two meetings between the Canucks and Senators this season: Nov. 9 (road), Jan. 2 (home). • Vancouver is 34-19-2-3 all-time against Ottawa, including a 15-11-1-1 record on the road. • The Canucks are 6-3-1 in their last 1 0 games against the Senators (3-1-1 in their last five). • Among active skaters, J.T. Miller (11-12-23, 35 GP) leads the team in career scoring vs Ottawa. • Thatcher Demko (7-3-1) posted a 2.41 GAA and .923 SV% in 11 career games against the Senators. • In seven career games (3-2-2), Casey DeSmith has a 2.73 GAA and .913 SV% all-time against Ottawa.


• Elias Pettersson has 21 points (6-15-21) in his last 12 games and is currently on a six-game point streak (4-7-11). He ranks second in the league for points. • J.T. Miller has 10 points (5-5-10) in his last six games. He ranks t-7th in the league for points. • Quinn Hughes has 20 points (5-15-20) in his last 12 games. He ranks first for points amongst defencemen and t-3rd amongst all skaters. • Brock Boeser has posted 15 points (10-5-15) in his last 12 games, he ranks t-2nd for most goals in the NHL. • Thatcher Demko (7-2-0) posted a .948 SV% and has a 1.61 GAA in his last nine games, including two shutouts in his last six games.

LAST MEETING – MAR. 11/23: VAN 5 vs OTT 2

Andrei Kuzmenko opened the scoring with his 31st goal of the season at 15:05 in the first period…J.T. Miller and Tyler Myers recorded the assists…Miller doubled Vancouver’s lead with his fourth shorthanded goal of the season at 4:26 in the second period…Nils Aman registered the lone assist on Miller’s goal before adding one of his own just six minutes later (second career multi-point game)…Dakota Joshua and Conor Garland assisted on the play…Sheldon Dries netted a third period breakaway goal for his 10th of the season at 6:50…Joshua and Brisebois collected the assists…Kuzmenko added an empty net power play goal to end the game, with Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson drawing the assists…16 of 18 Canucks skaters registered a shot on goal…J.T. Miller and Noah Juulsen led the team in hits (5)…Tyler Myers blocked a team-high four shots…Thatcher Demko made 18 saves.


• Mar. 11/23: VAN 5 vs OTT 2

• Nov. 8/22: VAN 6 at OTT 4

• Apr. 19/22: VAN 3 vs OTT 4 (SO)

• Dec. 1/21: VAN 6 at OTT 2

• Apr. 28/21: VAN 3 at OTT 6


• With the 6-2 win on Nov. 6/23 vs EDM, the Vancouver Canucks are off to their best start in franchise history through 12 games (9-2-1). • On Nov. 6/23, the Canucks extended their season-opening home game point streak to six games (5-0-1), matching their longest run to start a season since 2019-20 (4-0-2, 6 GP). • Vancouver (54) has the second most goals recorded by a Canucks team through the first 12 games of a season in franchise history. Only the 1983.84 team had more (59). • The Canucks (+30) own the ninth best goal differential through a teams first 12 games in the last 100 NHL seasons. The 1984.85 Oilers (+39) top the list.



Defenceman Artem Zub has missed the team’s seven most recent contests while defenceman Erik Brannstrom has missed the club’s last four games; forward Ridly Greig has missed two consecutive contests; defenceman Thomas Chabot and forward Mark Kastelic are on IR. All five players are unexpected to oppose the Canucks this evening. Total man-games lost: 23.


2023-24 (0-0-0): Nov. 9 @ Ottawa, Jan. 2 @ Vancouver

2022-23 (0-2-0): 11/8/22 @ Ottawa (6-4 loss), 3/11/23 @ Vancouver (5-2 loss)

Series record: Overall: 22-27-2-7; Home: 12-11-1-4; Away: 10-16-1-3

Last Ottawa win: @ Ottawa: 4/28/21 (6-3); @ Vancouver: 4/19/22 (4-3 SO)

Last Vancouver win: @ Ottawa: 11/8/22 (6-4); @ Vancouver: 3/11/23 (5-2)

Last OT result: 3/15/21 (3-2 OT loss) @ Ottawa Last shootout: 4/19/22 (4-3 SO win) @ Vancouver

Most goals, game: Scored: 6, (2x, last: 4/28/21, 6-3 win); Allowed: 7, (3x, last: 1/25/21, 7-1 loss); Both teams: 11, (3/20/19, 7-4 loss)

Last Game: 3/11/23, 5-2 loss @ Vancouver; OTT Goals: Giroux, Holden; VAN Goals: Kuzmenko (2x), Miller, Aman, Dries; OTT Scratch: Brannstrom, Gauthier, Kelly; OTT Injuries: Forsberg, Norris, Talbot;

OTT Goalie: Sogaard; VAN Goalie: Demko; OTT PP: 0-3; VAN PP: 1-6; Shots: 20-30.

Career vs. Vancouver: Tarasenko leads all players in career games played (27), in goals (nine), in assists (17) and in points (26); Tkachuk leads in penalty minutes (33) against Vancouver.


Ottawa has posted a record of 3-4-0 at home this season … Brady Tkachuk paces the club lead with six goals at home … Jake Sanderson, Tim Stützle and Vladimir Tarasenko share the assist lead with six respectively at Canadian Tire Centre … Sanderson (three goals, six assists), Tkachuk (six goals, three assists) and Tarasenko (three goals, six assists) share the team’s scoring lead with nine points each in Ottawa this season … The Senators earned a record of 24-14-3 at home in 2022-23.


The Senators are 11 for 48 (22.9%) on the power play in 2023-24 … Dominik Kubalik, Josh Norris, Jake Sanderson and Brady Tkachuk share the team lead with two power-play goals each … Chychrun (one goal, four assists) and Norris (two goals, three assists) are tied for the team lead with five points respectively on the power play this season … Ottawa has tallied multiple power-play goals in an individual contest on one occasion this season after having done so on 18 occasions in 2022- 23 … The Senators were 72-for-306 (23.5%) on the power play in 2022-23.


Ottawa has allowed 10 power-play goals this season while having overcome 28 of 38 shorthanded situations to maintain an efficiency rating of 73.7% … Parker Kelly’s first shorthanded goal of his career, scored in the Oct. 11 season-opener at Carolina, is the team’s lone shorthanded tally of 2023-24 after it notched nine such markers in each of the past two seasons.

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