Preview: Vancouver at Arizona

When: 9:00 PM  ET, Thursday, March 5, 2015
Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona
Matchup Edge
VAN Edge in: ARI
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs

The Vancouver Canucks are holding a three-point edge over a trio over pursuers for second place in the Pacific Division so it's paramount that they sort out their suddenly shaky goaltending situation. With Ryan Miller sidelined due to a sprained knee, Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom have combined to give up 17 goals in the past three games. Lack is expected to be back in net when the Canucks pay a visit to the reeling Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.

Markstrom made his season debut Tuesday against San Jose and permitted three goals on the first four shots, calling the performance a "nightmare." That's an apt description for the current state of the Coyotes, who fell to Anaheim on Tuesday to match a franchise record with their 10th consecutive defeat - all in regulation - while dropping their ninth in a row at home. The teams have split the last eight meetings, including a pair this season.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, RSNP (Vancouver), FSN Arizona

ABOUT THE CANUCKS (36-24-3): Lack, who went 16-17-5 in his first full season in 2013-14, turned aside 40 shots in a 2-1 victory over Boston in the first game after Miller was hurt, but was shredded for five tallies in each of his next two starts. He did play well in relief of Markstrom on Tuesday, stopping 23 of 24 shots and is embracing the challenge ahead. "This is when you want to play," Lack said. "Obviously we have a huge week coming up here. We've kind of invited San Jose back in the chase but these are fun games going forward."

ABOUT THE COYOTES (20-37-7): The wheels have come off for Arizona, which has scored 14 goals during its 10-game skid. The Coyotes now must incorporate young defensemen Klas Dahlbeck and John Moore - both acquired in trades - and waiver-wire pickups Craig Cunningham and Tye McGinn into the lineup. "If you're a young player breaking in, you're not thinking about the situation," coach Dave Tippett said. "You're thinking about I want to become a full-time NHL player, and I want to seize this opportunity. I think you'll see a lot of that in our group."


1. Canucks captain Henrik Sedin, who scored his 900th point Tuesday, is riding an eight-game point streak.

2. Arizona has lost 10 straight on two other occasions - in February 1994 and Nov. 30-Dec. 20, 1980, when the club was based in Winnipeg.

3. Lack lost both career starts to the Coyotes last season by identical 1-0 scores.

PREDICTION: Canucks 3, Coyotes 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Vancouver 36-24-2-1 L1 17-12-0-1 19-12-2-0 0-2-1-0 36-22-1-1 10-8-1-1
Arizona 20-37-2-5 L10 9-17-2-2 11-20-0-3 1-5-0-0 19-32-2-5 10-11-0-0

Last Meeting

Vancouver Arizona
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/22/14 ARI 1 VAN 7 40 38 3-6 39 33 1-4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
VAN A. Burrows 2
ARI O. Ekman-Larsson 1
Goals Player  
VAN A. Burrows 2
ARI O. Ekman-Larsson 1
Assists Player  
VAN H. Sedin 2
ARI S. Gagner 1
Saves Player  
VAN R. Miller 38
ARI D. Dubnyk 26
Total Points Player  
VAN H. Sedin 59
ARI O. Ekman-Larsson 31
Goals Player  
VAN R. Vrbata 22
ARI O. Ekman-Larsson 17
Assists Player  
VAN H. Sedin 44
ARI M. Erat 20
Saves Player  
VAN R. Miller 1068
ARI M. Smith 1260

Quickchart Matchup

Vancouver Off vs  Arizona Def
2.83 GF
3.33 GA
29.3 Shots
32.1 Shots
34 PP
48 PK
Arizona Off vs  Vancouver Def
2.11 GF
2.73 GA
29.5 Shots
29.3 Shots
40 PP
30 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 169 -188
Offshore Odds 160 -185
5.5 160 -185
5Dimes 163 -173
5.5 160 -180
Top Bet 160 -190
BetDSI 145 -170
BookMaker 145
Vegas Odds
Westgate Las Vegas Superbook 160 -170
Station 160 -180
Mirage 155 -175
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Vancouver Overall Arizona
36-24-2-1 W/L 20-37-2-5
29-34 ATS 29-35
29-27 O/U 33-28
2.83 Goals For 2.11
2.73 Goals Agnst 3.33
Vancouver A/H Arizona
19-12-2-0 W/L 9-17-2-2
18-15 ATS 11-19
16-15 O/U 15-14
2.88 Goals For 2.00
2.79 Goals Agnst 3.30