NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 Tot
Ottawa 0 1 0 1
Vancouver 2 2 3 7
7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ET1:00 BRT, January 25, 2021
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia  Attendance: 0

Senators, Canucks searching for turnaround win in Vancouver

Ottawa Senators at Vancouver Canucks

  1. The Canucks have taken points in five of their last six home games against the Senators (4-1-1), including three-goal wins in each of the last two. Vancouver has scored at least four goals in all four of those wins, while being held to two goals in the shootout loss and getting shut out in the October 2016 regulation loss.
  2. Ottawa has gone 3-15-5 (.239) on the road since US Thanksgiving 2019, second-worst in the NHL (Red Wings, .104). Their 2.13 goals per game in that span are third-fewest in the league, ahead of the Red Wings (1.75) and Islanders (2.07).
  3. Chris Tierney leads the Sens with three goals this season, including the game-winner in their season opener on January 15. Tierney has 16 points (8g, 8a) in 22 career skates against the Canucks, including three assists in the last meeting on February 27, 2020.
  4. The Canucks have allowed at least five goals in the last four games, just the second time in the last 20 seasons they have done so (also February 13-19, 2016). The Canucks have not allowed 5+ goals in five consecutive games since a six-game streak from November 22 to December 4, 1985.
  5. Quinn Hughes leads the team with 21 shots on goal, one of five blueliners to lead his team outright in shots on goal this season. Hughes looks to become the third defensemen to lead the Canucks in shots, joining Dale Tallon (1971-72) and Jocelyn Guevremont (1973-74).
  6. Elias Pettersson scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's loss to Montreal, snapping a career-long five-game point drought. He and Brock Boeser have scored a point in all four of their games against the Senators and look to become the first players to do so in their first five games since Jack Eichel scored a point in his first eight games against the Sens (October 2015 to December 2017).

Both the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators are looking for any positive vibes when they face off on Monday for the first of three consecutive meetings.

The Canucks and Senators both head into the trio of games in Vancouver on a losing skid and already struggling to keep pace with the rest of their North Division counterparts.

The host Canucks are coming off two straight losses to the Montreal Canadiens, the latest a 5-2 affair Saturday night. They have lost five of six games and were outscored 30-15 in the process.

"We're trying to figure everything out right now," defenseman Quinn Hughes said. "I saw (on) the scoreboard at the end that we're giving up the most goals in the league right now per game. Obviously, that's not something that we aim for. Especially as defensemen, I think we've got to take onus on that and ... as a team, we've just got to be better."

"Guys could be forcing a little bit," coach Travis Green said. "We talked about it before the game, about taking unnecessary risks when you don't have to. I think that's part of puck management. Part of decision-making is not only when you have the puck, but (also) when you don't have it."

If the Canucks can find a positive from their last game, Elias Pettersson finally scored a goal to snap the longest point drought of his career. Even still, the young star has managed a mere two points in seven games to start the season.

"It was great to get one, but I'm more concerned about us winning games," Pettersson said. "We have five losses now in seven games. A lot of stuff to work on. As for not contributing or making plays or creating scoring chances, I've got to be better with the puck and not turn it over, and just play better defense.

"We know it's a hard league, the best league in the world. We know how hard it is to win. We definitely need to work on some things to be more successful. We know what we're capable of, it's just finding it."

Ottawa's arrival provides the Canucks an opportunity to build some momentum. The Senators enter after a 6-3 loss in Winnipeg to kick off a seven-game road swing, in a game in which they held a 3-2 lead going into the third period but surrendered four unanswered goals. They dropped three straight games to the Jets and have lost four consecutive outings since upsetting the Toronto Maple Leafs in their season opener.

"We did a lot of things better than we did (Thursday) night but, at the end of the day, the result isn't what we want. The third period was very unfortunate for us," coach D.J. Smith said. "You can't stop playing. The message was to stay on the gas and go get these guys. A blatant turnover in the middle of the ice ends up in the back of your net, that's not going to get them."

"We did some really good things in 40 minutes of hockey, and then the start of the third we kind of sat back on our heels," said forward Derek Stepan, who took blame for a penalty that led to Winnipeg's game-winning power-play goal.

"I'd like to see us be on our toes a bit more in the third period, but this one stings for me right now."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 24, 2021

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