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Game Preview: Vancouver Canucks vs. New Jersey Devils

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Vancouver Canucks (8-7-6) vs. New Jersey Devils (10-8-1)

Time 7:00 PM PT TV Sportsnet Pacific/Sportsnet Vancouver
H2H 1-0-0 Devils Last Meeting 4-3 Devils (OT) - November 8, 2015
The Enemy All About The Jersey Scoring Leaders

VAN: Daniel Sedin (10-12-22)

NJ: Mike Cammalleri (6-12-18)

Canucks Category Devils
8-7-6 Season Record 10-8-1
22 Points 21
3rd Division Position 5th
Won 1 Streak Lost 2
2.90 Goals For Per Game 2.37
2.71 Goals Against Per Game 2.47
20.8 Power Play % 22.7
79.4 Penalty Kill % 83.3
30.5 Shots Per Game 25.5
29.9 Shots Against Per Game 27.7


Last Game at a Glance

The Canucks snapped a season-long four-game losing streak with a big 6-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night at Rogers Arena. Daniel and Henrik Sedin led the way for Vancouver as Daniel scored a hat trick (along with his 900th career point) while Henrik registered a career-high five points with one goal and four assists.

At 14:35 in the third period with the game tied 3-3, Daniel Sedin scored the go-ahead goal for the Canucks. Two minutes later, Daniel scored again to complete the hat trick. Alex Burrows capped things off with an empty net goal.

Canucks Lineup Notes

There are several lineup notes for the Canucks tonight. Vancouver gets back Radim Vrbata, who was out the past couple games with a groin injury. Brandon Sutter will be out for at least the next couple of weeks. Yesterday, Sutter was placed on injured reserve with an abdominal strain.

Jacob Markstrom gets the start in net for tonight as the Canucks are playing their second game in as many nights. This season, Markstrom is 1-0-1 with a .914 save percentage and a 3.41 GAA.

Surging Twins

Saturday's win was just the latest flash of brilliance from the Sedins. In his last 12 games, Daniel Sedin has eight goals and eight assists while Henrik has four goals and 12 assists in that same span.

After Saturday's win over the Blackhawks, Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins spoke to how important the leadership was from the Sedins, saying that during tough stretches, a team needs to have its leaders step up. That's exactly what the Sedins did against the Blackhawks, combining for nine points in the win.


Last Game at a Glance

The Devils are coming off a rough 5-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, extending their losing streak to two games. It was New Jersey's biggest loss of the season so far.

A power play goal at 6:04 in the second period from Kyle Palmieri tied the game at 1-1, but that's when the Oilers scored four straight goals, including an early power play goal from Jordan Eberle just a few minutes into the third period.

Devils Lineup Notes

Corey Schneider wasn't in net the first time the Devils faced the Canucks this year, but tonight at Rogers Arena, Schneider will get the opportunity to start against his former team. Patrick Elias, who has been out with a knee injury, won't appear in tonight's game, but he could return later this week.

Red Hot Streak Comes to an End

Before their current two-game losing streak, the Devils had been one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Dating back to mid-October, the Devils had gone 10-3-0. Now, New Jersey hopes to snap their longest losing streak of the year since they dropped four straight games to open the season.