Canucks Gameday: Torts insists power play is coming along fine ahead of tilt with Red Wings
VANCOUVER — John Tortorella was talking a lot about numbers Wednesday morning.
In the midst of preparation for Wednesday night's tilt with the Detroit Red Wings at Rogers Arena (7:30 p.m., TSN/Team 1040), the Vancouver Canucks coach said he wasn't a big believer in plus-minus, explaining, "it's one of the worst stats in the game."
He also said that too much could be read into the Canucks sitting 28th in the NHL on the power play (10 per cent, 4-for-40).
He did, oddly enough, use a stat to prove his point, stating that Canuck number keepers had his team with 23 scoring chances in Monday's 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals — and 10 of them came with the man advantage. Vancouver didn't manage a goal in their six power play chances.
"We need to start banging some in, but I don't want the guys to press," said Tortorella. "I think our entries have been good. The Sedins do so well as far as entering the zone.
"I think we have a good concept with it. We've generated a lot of offence. We just haven't finished."
Daniel Sedin concurred, explaining, "We've been creating a lot of chances, but it has to go in. It's our focus tonight."
The Red Wings, for what it's worth, are 20th in the league on the penalty kill (79.6 per cent, 9-of-44). They're averaging the third-lowest penalty minutes against a game (8.4 PIMs).
Detroit does come into the game winless in four (0-2-2) and looked like they were shuffling their lines once more. At practice on Tuesday, they had Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg back together, with Todd Bertuzzi on the right wing.
That's led to plenty of speculation they could match up with Vancouver's top unit of Daniel and Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler.
"That's a good line over there," said Daniel. "They're so skilled.
"We have fun playing against top guys. It should be a good game."
CANUCKS PROJECTED LINEUP
D.Sedin H.Sedin Kesler
Higgins Santorelli Burrows
Archibald Richardson Kassian
Sestito Welsh Weber
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