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A November to Remember

Friday, 30.11.2007 / 1:47 PM / Features
By Jeff Paterson
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A November to Remember
November wasn’t just a terrific month for the Vancouver Canucks on the ice. It was also a great month on the stats page too for both the entire team and several individuals. With that in mind, here’s some notable numbers from a November to remember:

Canucks went 9-2-2 in the month making it the third best November in franchise history (the Canucks were 12-1 in 2002 and 10-3-2 in 1974). They were 6-1-1 at home during the month and 3-1-1 on the road.

The Canucks outscored their opponents 36-21 in their 13 games in November – 20-7 in seven home games and 16-14 in five road outings.

In all nine Canuck victories in November, they scored the game’s first goal. Conversely in their four losses in the month, they surrendered the first goal of the game (if you count Ales Hemsky’s shootout goal in the 1-0 loss to Edmonton on November 14th – officially, the league says there was no first goal scored in that hockey game).

INSIDE THE BOX
Jeff Paterson is a Team 1040 broadcaster and a regular contributor to the Georgia Straight.

E-mail him at jeff.paterson@team1040.ca


FAST FIVE
The Canucks have only trailed in two of their past 12 hockey games. Otherwise they’ve been tied or held the lead.

Only once in the Canucks’ last 18 games has the team that opened the scoring failed to win (October 28th vs Detroit, Matt Cooke scored the first goal of a game that the Wings won 3-2).

Captain Markus Naslund led the Canucks with seven goals in November, followed by Ryan Kesler’s five and Daniel Sedin with four. Henrik Sedin paced the team with 13 assists, followed by Daniel with nine and Markus Naslund with six.

Since being united on the club’s top line a dozen games ago on November 3rd in Denver, the Sedins and Markus Naslund combined for 14 goals, 28 assists and 42 points for an average of 3.5 points per game. That line was also a collective +25 during the month. Henrik was +10 during November, Daniel was +8 and Markus Naslund was +7.

Markus Naslund led the team with four power play goals in November followed by Brendan Morrison with three and Daniel Sedin with a pair. Naslund also led the team with 42 shots in the month while Ryan Kesler had 34 and Daniel Sedin had 30.

Mattias Ohlund led the Canucks with 32 penalty minutes in November, followed by Byron Ritchie with 19 and Matt Cooke and Jeff Cowan with 18 apiece.

THE ANATOMY OF A SHUTOUT STREAK:

 At the start of November, Roberto Luongo was 4-7 with a 2.92 goals against average, a 90.3 save percentage and no shutouts. At the end of November, Luongo is 12-9-2 with a 2.18 GAA, a 92.2 save percentage and four shutouts.

At the start of November, Luongo was not among the league leaders in any of the major goaltending statistical categories. He’s now second in wins and shutouts, seventh in goals against average and eighth in save percentage.

During November, Luongo was 8-2-2 with a 1.56 GAA and he stopped 94.0% of the shots he faced allowing eight even-strength goals, 10 power play markers and one short-handed tally.

Not only has Roberto Luongo set a franchise record going 193 minutes and 59 seconds without surrendering a goal, he’s stopped the last 86 shots he’s faced going back to the last goal he gave up to Martin Rucinsky early in the third period on November 23rd in St. Louis (final 7 shots in the 3rd period at STL + 27 shots vs CHI + 26 shots vs ANA + 26 shots vs CBJ = 86 shots).

 During Luongo’s shutout run, he’s thwarted 52 different players (seven Blues, 16 Blackhawks, 15 Ducks and 14 Blue Jackets). Corey Perry tested Luongo four times, Andy McDonald, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Jacob Dowell, Dustin Byfuglien and Adam Foote all blasted three shots at the Canuck netminder.

During ‘the run’, Luongo has faced 72 even-strength shots, 10 power play blasts, and four short-handed attempts.

While Luongo’s ‘official’ shutout streak stands at 193:59, it’s actually been 195:34 since a puck has entered the Canuck net with Luongo in goal (the discrepancy comes from the time he’s spent on the bench for an extra attacker late in the St. Louis game and during delayed penalties in subsequent games).

On home ice, Luongo has now gone 235:07 without surrendering a goal going back to the 4:53 mark of the first period against Calgary when Adrian Aucion beat him with a point blast on November 18th. The Canucks don’t play at home again until Sidney Crosby and the Penguins come calling on December 8th meaning three weeks will have passed since Luongo last allowed a goal at the Garage.

Obviously, no opponent has scored on Roberto Luongo or the Canucks in the past three games. But in the past seven games at GM Place, Minnesota’s Aaron Voros is the only opposing forward to score a goal on the Canucks. Think about that for a second – seven teams, 12 forwards per team, that means just one of the last 84 opposing forwards has scored a goal on Luongo on home ice.