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Game Preview: Vancouver Canucks vs Philadelphia Flyers

The Canucks return to Rogers Arena after a brief two-game road trip.

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Vancouver Canucks (5-2-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (4-4-2)

Time 7:00 PM PT TV Sportsnet Pacific
H2H (2014/15) 2-0-0 Canucks Last Meeting 4-1 Canucks - March 17, 2015
The Enemy Broad Street Hockey Scoring Leaders

VAN: Daniel Sedin (3-6-9)

PHI: Mark Streit (3-4-7)

Canucks Category Flyers
5-2-4 Season Record 5-4-1
14 Points 10
T-1st Division Position T-6th
Won 1 Streak Lost 3
2.82 Goals For Per Game 2.00
2.27 Goals Against Per Game 2.90
20.0 Power Play % 12.5
90.0 Penalty Kill % 76.2
30.2 Shots Per Game 33.5
28.8 Shots Against Per Game 33.3


Last Game at a Glance

Vancouver nearly blew yet another third period lead against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night, but hung on for the 4-3 win.

Alex Burrows, Jared McCann and Brendan Gaunce all scored goals in the first period to put the Canucks up 3-0. Gaunce's goal was the first of his NHL career. After Burrows and McCann scored two goals in five minutes, the Coyotes pulled starting goalie Mike Smith from the game.

Richard Bachman made his Canucks debut, stopping 29 shots in his first start of the year between the pipes.

Max Domi and Steve Downie scored in the second period as the Coyotes cut Vancouver's lead down to one goal. Then, late in the period while on the power play, Daniel Sedin provided a much needed insurance goal to make it 4-2. Tobias Rieder scored late in the third period, but it wasn't enough as the Canucks hung on for the win.

The Kids are Here to Stay

The biggest news of the weekend was that rookies Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen will be staying with the Canucks this season.

The news was broken to them by Bo Horvat, another youngster who was in the same position last year. After McCann and Virtanen had to watch bad clips of themselves, Horvat stood up and said, "Welcome to the team, boys!"

This season with the Canucks, Jared McCann has five goals in nine games while Jake Virtanen has two assists in eight games. Virtanen is still waiting to score his first NHL goal.

Canucks Lineup Notes

Luca Sbisa didn't practice on Sunday, but Dan Hamhuis, Chris Higgins and Jacob Markstrom were all on the ice for the Canucks.

Ryan Miller should be back in net for the Canucks tonight after getting Sunday off. Miller is now second in the league in time on ice (611:19), trailing only Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop (659:03). Miller has recent success against the Flyers, posting shutouts in each of his last two matchups against them.

And of course, we'll see a lot more of Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen in the Canucks lineup this year now that they are here to stay.


Last Game at a Glance

The Flyers are in the midst of a three-game losing streak after falling 3-1 to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. Ryan O'Reilly led the Sabres to the win with a goal and two assists, including a power play goal to put Buffalo up 2-0 in the second period.

Jack Eichel opened the scoring for the Sabres with his fourth goal of the season with just 36 seconds left in the opening period.

Three minutes into the second period, Nicolas Deslauriers scored his third goal of the season to give the Sabres a commanding 3-0 lead, which was all they would need to win their second game in the past three contests.

Tonight's game against the Canucks kicks off a four-game Canadian road trip for the Flyers that will also include stops in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg before returning home next Tuesday to face the Avalanche.

Flyers Lineup Notes

On Sunday, the Flyers recalled forward Chris Connor from the American Hockey League. Connor leads Lehigh Valley in goals (4) and is second in points (8) through eight games. Head coach Dave Hakstol said that he will be available to play, but isn't ready to speculate on whether or not he'll be in the lineup.

The Flyers are without Sean Coultier, who hasn't seen the ice after suffering a concussion against the Boston Bruins on October 21. He's listed as day-to-day and the Flyers are hoping he can join the team next Monday.

Philadelphia's Struggling Offense

The Flyers are averaging just 2.00 goals per game so far this season, tied for second worst in the league with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Only the Anaheim Ducks (1.27 goals per game) have a lower average so far.

The Flyers have scored one goal or less in four their games so far this year. One of those was actually a 1-0 shutout win over the Florida Panthers, but the rest, to no surprise, have been losses.

Philadelphia has struggled away from home as they have been outscored 17-9 on the road. They were nearly shutout against the Sabres on Friday night, but Mark Streit scored Philadelphia's first goal with 3:26 remaining in the game.

Power Play Woes

Canucks fans can sympathize with this one: The Flyers are awful on the power play right now. In their last four contests, Philadelphia is 0-for-10 on the power play. They've also struggled on the penalty kill as well, allowing six goals in their last 19 times they've been shorthanded. Their power play (12.5%) ranks 24th in the league while their penalty kill (76.2%) ranks 23rd.