Team Recap: 22nd-Seeded ’10-’11 Vancouver Canucks

The #22 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '10-'11 Vancouver Canucks.

The #22 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’10-’11 Vancouver Canucks.

  • Andrew Alberts (D)
    • 7 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   +2   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Keith Ballard (D)
    • 10 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   +1   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Kevin Bieksa (D)
    • 10 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   +4   19 S   0 GWG   10 PIM   1 Stars
  • Alexandre Bolduc (C)
    • 10 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +4   14 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Alexandre Burrows (LW)
    • 10 GP   4 G   0 A   4 P    +1   24 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   3 Stars
  • Alexander Edler (D)
    • 10 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -1   6 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Christian Ehrhoff (D)
    • 10 GP   5 G   4 A   9 P   +2   36 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   3 Stars
  • Tanner Glass (LW)
    • 7 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dan Hamhuis (D)
    • 10 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   +2   17 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jannik Hansen (RW)
    • 10 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   +1   19 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Chris Higgins (LW)
    • 4 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   Even   10 S   1 GWG   0 GWG   0 Stars
  • Ryan Kesler (C)
    • 10 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   -1   28 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Maxim Lapierre (C)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   8 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Roberto Luongo (G)
    • 10 GP   6-4-0   1.50 GAA*   .950 SV%*   1 SO   10 Stars
  • Manny Malhotra (C)
    • 10 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   +4   14 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mason Raymond (LW)
    • 10 GP   2 G   2 A   4 P   +4   33 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   3 Stars
  • Sami Salo (D)
    • 7 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mikael Samuelsson (RW)
    • 10 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   -2   37 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Daniel Sedin (LW)
    • 10 GP   8 G   5 A   13 P   Even   54 S   2 GWG   0 PIM   8 Stars
  • Henrik Sedin (C)
    • 10 GP   1 G   6 A   7 P   +2   35 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   2 Stars
  • Jeff Tambellini (LW)
    • 7 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   Even   2 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Chris Tanev (D)
    • 5 GP  0 G   0 A   0 P   +1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Raffi Torres (LW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

Bold – Team Best

* – Tournament Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 6-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 22
  • Goals/Game: 2.20
  • Goals Allowed: 15
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 1.50*
  • Shots: 365
  • Shots Allowed: 297
  • Shots/Game: 36.5
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 29.7
  • # of PP’s: 11
  • PPG’s: 3
  • PP%: 27.3%
  • TSH: 8
  • PPGA: 1
  • PK%: 87.5%
  • Penalties in minutes: 28

* – Tournament Best

Expectations for this team were not too high, but I did expect them to at least get past the second round with a potentially very tough matchup in the third round.

1st Round:

Swept 43rd-seeded ’13-’14 Jets, 4-0

2nd Round:

Defeated by 11th-seeded ’96-’97 New Jersey Devils, 4-2

The ’10-’11 Vancouver Canucks posted a 54-19-9 record, which was good for 117 points and 1st in the Northwest Division. Under current Rangers head coach, Alain Vigneault, the Canucks were rated 1st in the league in goals for with 262 and 1st in the league in goals against with 185. Hockey Reference ranked Vancouver’s strength of schedule dead last in the league, but their SRS rating system had Vancouver as the best team in the league that year. They looked like it too in the playoffs. After having a 3-0 lead over the Chicago Blackhawks in the Conference Quarterfinals, the Canucks lost three straight and avoided a disastrous failure by winning Game 7 in overtime. In the Conference Semifinals, they defeated the Nashville Predators in six games and then in the Conference Finals, they handled the San Jose Sharks in five games. In the Stanley Cup Final, they faced the Boston Bruins and held 2-0 and 3-2 series leads, but fell at home to the Bruins in seven games.

The powerful Sedin twins led to the Canucks to having a bit of a juggernaut of an offense. Daniel was first on the team in points with 104 and Henrik was second with 94. Ryan Kesler was third on the team in points with 73. This team featured two 40-foal scorers in Daniel and Kesler, who both posted 41 goals. Alexandre Burrows was third on the team in goals with 26. Henrik led the team in assists with 75 and his brother Daniel was second with 63. Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff was third on the team with 36. Fellow defenseman Kevin Bieksa posted the highest plus/minus rating on the team with a +32. Daniel was second with a +30 and defenseman Dan Hamhuis was third with a +29. The ’10-’11 Canucks had arguably the best goaltending tandem in the league. Roberto Luongo posted a 2.11 goals against average and a .928 save percentage, which was slightly outdone by his backup Corey Schneider who posted very good stats, as well, with a 2.23 goals against average and .929 save percentage. Even though the ’10-’11 version of the Canucks did not win the Cup, they did have a full trophy case. Daniel Sedin won the Art Ross Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award. Luongo and Schneider together won the William M. Jennings Trophy. Ryan Kesler won the Frank J. Selke Trophy and Mike Gillis was named the GM of the Year.

Up next is the #23 seed, the ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres!

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