First and Last: Canucks vs. Flyers

The Vancouver Canucks begin their 6 game road trip in Pennsylvania, where they play the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. Today we focus on the Flyers and the history they have with the Canucks.

GAME 1:

PHILADELPHIA 5 – VANCOUVER 4
(2-1-0) – (1-4-0)
October 15th, 1970
The Spectrum – Philadelphia, PA

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BOXSCORE:

1st Period:

10:02
VAN – ROSAIRE PAIEMENT (1) – Poul Popiel (1), Andre Boudrias (3)
0-1

15:13 (PPG)
VAN – ANDRE BOUDRIAS (2) – Howie Young (1), Rosaire Paiement (2)
0-2

17:51 (PPG)
PHI – ANDRE LACROIX (1) – Barry Ashbee (1), Bobby Clarke (1)
1-2

2nd Period:

4:01
PHI – GARY DORNHOEFER (2) – Bobby Clarke (2), Bob Kelly (3)
2-2

14:55
PHI – SERGE BERNIER (1) – Larry Hale (1)
3-2

17:19 (PPG)
PHI – SERGE BERNIER (2) – Andre Lacroix (1), Jean-Guy Gendron (1)
4-2

18:21 (PPG)
PHI – BARRY ASHBEE (2) – Bobby Clarke (3), Bob Kelly (4)
5-2

3rd Period:

2:17 (PPG)
VAN – RAY CULLEN (1) – Orland Kurtenbach (1), Murray Hall (3)
5-3

6:20
VAN – MURRAY HALL (2) – Wayne Maki (3), Orland Kurtenbach (2)
5-4

SHOTS:
PHI – 32
VAN – 30

PENALTY MINUTES:
PHI – 26
VAN – 24

GOALTENDERS:
PHI – Doug Favell – 26/30
VAN – Dunc Wilson – 27/32

This game gave us Orland Kurtenbach’s 1st assist as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, as well as Bobby Clarke’s 1st assist of the season, in his 2nd year in the league. This was the story of three periods, as the Canucks won the 1st period with two goals, but a late PP marker by the Flyers took the wind out of the visiting team’s sails. Late penalties in the second period led to 2 Power Play goals which put the Flyers up 5-2 going into the third, where the Canucks tried their best to tie it up but just couldn’t get that 5th goal.

The Canucks had just been handed their worst loss in franchise history the night before, an 8-2 loss in Chicago against the Blackhawks, and it would be a few games from now before they get their next win. It would be a long inaugural season for them. The Flyers wouldn’t fare much better, however, as although they made the playoffs, they were swept in the first round by those same Chicago Blackhawks.

GAME 119:

Vancouver Canucks v Philadelphia Flyers

PHILADELPHIA 3 – VANCOUVER 2
(28-24-7) – (26-28-6)
February 19th, 2017
Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC

BOXSCORE:

1st Period:

5:45 (PPG)
PHI – WAYNE SIMMONDS (25) – Shayne Gostisbehere (19), Ivan Provorov (19)
1-0

2nd Period:

1:11
PHI – JAKUB VORACEK (15) – Sean Couturier (8), Shayne Gostisbehere (20)
2-0

2:38 (PPG)
PHI – BRAYDEN SCHENN (18) – Shayne Gostisbehere (21)
3-0

3:43
VAN – MARKUS GRANLUND (15) – Daniel Sedin (22), Henrik Sedin (24)
3-1

12:42
VAN – JANNIK HANSEN (6) – Bo Horvat (22), Ben Hutton (11)
3-2

3rd Period:

NO GOALS

SHOTS: 
PHI – 28
VAN – 20

PENALTY MINUTES:
PHI – 8
VAN – 6

GOALTENDERS:
PHI – Michal Neuvirth – 18/20
VAN – Ryan Miller – 25/28

Remember when Markus Granlund scored goals? This game was notable because it was Jannik Hansen’s last goal and point as a member of the Vancouver Canucks. Like in their first ever meeting, special teams played a big role, with the Flyers scoring on their opportunities, grabbing 2 PP goals by the first 3 minutes of the 2nd period, while the Canucks went 0/4 in their opportunities. The Canucks played better after they went down 3-0, but just couldn’t put pucks to the net when they needed to the most.

This game echoes the way their 2017-2018 season has gone so far. They get put into a hole early and that is when they start to play well. Usually, it’s too late.

GAME 120:

VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
(9-8-3) – (8-8-4)
November 21st, 2017
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA

The two teams have near identical records, and both feature three players who seem to be doing all of their team’s scoring. Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier have been carrying the team’s load, while Wayne Simmonds has completely fallen off the map offensively since his opening night hat-trick against the San Jose Sharks. The Flyers have only won 2 of their last 9 games, but those wins have been over St. Louis and Chicago.

The Philadelphia Flyers have historically fared well against the Vancouver Canucks, winning 73 of the 119 meetings so far, averaging 4.01 goals for while only giving up 2.93 per game. The Flyers have never lost a game against the Canucks that goes beyond 60 minutes. If there is a team that will help the Flyers get back on track, it is these Vancouver Canucks.

With that said, it doesn’t look good for Vancouver. A prediction based on the season so far, as well as historical numbers, will be a 4-2 Philadelphia win. There will be a PP goal for the Flyers. It will probably be scored by Wayne Simmonds, who should have a big night.

 

 

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