GAMEDAY HARVEST: The Canucks get lit up by the Heat to start their six-game homestand

The Canucks look to kick off the NHL All-Star break with a delightful six-game homestand.

Tonight, they face off against the Stockton Heat.

Er, let me rephrase, the Abbotsford Canucks begin a six-game homestand with a back-to-back against the Western Conference-leading Stockton Heat!

2021-22 AHL League Standings as of February 3rd, 2022

Fortunately, the Farm will have an influx of returning bodies to the lineup that will provide some considerable relief to their depleted roster.

Abbotsford ALL-STAR Break Transactions

One player certainly relieved by the return of Noah Juulsen and Ashton Sautner is defenceman Madison Bowey, who took up a meaty role on the blueline over Abbotsford’s last five games.

Estimated Defenceman TOI (last four GP)

Over the canucks last four games—a run in which the team went 3-1-0-0 while outscoring opponents eleven to nine and carrying a 55.86 Corsi For%—Bowey ate up the majority of the minutes on the blueline due to several key absences.

  • Ashton Sautner’s call-up
  • Noah Juulsen’s call-up
  • Jack Rathbone missed two games due to COVID protocol only to get injured early in the first period of the Canucks last game against the Manitoba Meese.
    • Rathbone slid to block a cross-ice pass to the slot that hit him square in the jaw.

Bowey featured heavily at 5v5, often playing with a different d-partner every shift.

On the penalty kill, Bowey was frequently being double-shifted—over their last four, the Canucks spent 26 minutes shorthanded over 16 PKs, and Bowey wound up on-ice for just one powerplay goal-against.

Additionally, without Jack Rathbone, Noah Juulsen, or Jett Woo, Bowey became the de facto quarterback of PP1. Similarly, the Canucks spent 24 minutes on the man-advantage over 16 powerplay opportunities, scoring twice with Bowey on-ice.

Madison Bowey 2021-22 Abbotsford Canucks Production Chart

To this point, Trent Cull had not leaned on Bowey as heavily as he did over the Canucks last four. He performed quite admirably, nearly ending up a point-per-game

Madison Bowey 5v5 On-Ice Rates Per-60: All score states versus @ Evens

Through 25 games played, Bowey has provided okay value at 5v5. At evens, the Canucks have scored at a significantly higher rate with Bowey on-ice at 5v5 despite a below-average shot-attempt rate. The team is also giving up more goals against at evens with Bowey on-ice at 5v5 despite not allowing much in the way of shot attempts. Many of the Canucks per-60 rates are owing to the Canucks piss-poor goaltending sans Spencer Martin.

Abbotsford Canucks Starter Stats (Last 4 GP)

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TLDR; Bowey has been solid for Abbotsford, especially during their recent run with a depleted d-bench. Good for him!

Remember, all of these stats are available on our stats pages! Check them out and learn a thing, maybe even two!

THE OPPOSITION

Due to the ALL STAR Break, the Calgary Flames returned Byron Froese and Connor Mackey to Stockton.

  • Byron Froese is fifth on the Heat in points and is in a three-way tie for fourth in goals scored.
  • Connor Mackey currently leads Stockton’s defence in points with nineteen in thirty-four games.
Abbotsford Canucks head-to-head versus Stockton Heat

The Canucks haven’t quite solved the Stockton riddle. Not many in the AHL have. But tonight, icing their most competitive defence since early December, the Canucks might have a chance against the top team of the West!

2021-22 Abbotsford Canucks Splits

Despite a ridiculous number of COVID-positives, call-ups and injuries that decimated the Canucks roster, they’ve played quite well!

If the Farm can build off their recent control of play at 5v5, they stand a good chance of separating themselves from the bottom of the Pacific Division heap.

STARTING ROSTER

  • Jarid Lukosevicius re-enters the lineup after missing the last six with injury.

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GAME 33:

1st period:

PK1: Stevens, Di Giuseppe, Juulsen, Bowey

PK2: Lockwood, Wouters,

PK2: Bailey, Dries, Rathbone, Stephens

2nd period:

PP1: Rathbone, Dries, Di Giuseppe, Petan, Rempal

PK1: Di Giuseppe, Stevens, Sautner, Juulsen

PK2: Lockwood, Bailey, Bowey, Rathbone

PP1: Dries, Rempal, Petan, Rathbone, Di Giuseppe

PP2: Lockwood, Bailey, Hirano, Juulsen, Arseneau

3rd period:

  • Weird opening three minutes of the period that sees the Canucks struggling to string together a pass in the d-zone that doesn’t result in a turnover or an icing.
  • Ashton Sautner heads to the box for cross-checking to send the Canucks to their third PK of the game.

PK1: Stevens, Bowey, Lockwood, Juulsen

PP1: Dries, Di Giuseppe, Petan, Rempal, Rathbone

RESULT:

Stockton Heat def. Abbotsford Canucks 7-3

SCORESHEET:

Game 33 Scoresheet versus Stockton

TAKEAWAYS:

  • Uh, it was certainly a hockey game!
  • Tonight’s game against Stockton was pretty weird. The Canucks simultaneously looked competitive but also very out of it. Simply put, the passing was atrocious, the d-zone breakouts struggled against the heavy press style of the Heat, and numerous giveaways and turnovers sunk the Canucks at every turn. This game had a “one step forward, two steps back” type of rhythm for Abbotsford. For every really good thing they did, they’d almost immediately shoot themselves in the foot on the next shift.
  • I don’t think any player looked outrageously awful. Players were trying to make stuff happen, but much of the Canucks work resulted in punishable mistakes-against instead of scoring chances-for. Stockton is a top team in the West for a reason; they punish you when gifted the opportunity, and unfortunately, the Canucks unforced errors per-60 were through the roof tonight. RIP.
  • Trent Cull said of the team’s struggle to break the puck out of the d-zone that “the [Heat] did a good job on the forecheck. They’re a pretty quick team. We had a plan coming in on how we wanted to break the puck out that we’ve been working on the last couple of days, trying to get everybody on the same page, but we could certainly be more efficient with that.”
  • Cull thought the team played quite well through the first two periods, attributing the team’s struggles to the number of bodies coming into the lineup who looked rusty.
  • He really didn’t like the lack of penalty discipline, though, haha.
  • Jack Rathbone does a lot of good stuff, especially with shot attempts, controlled exits and zone entries, but his puckhandling under pressure can be a little sus at times. Or, it’s at least looked sus in his games with Abbotsford this year.
  • Yushiroh Hirano scored, which is nice. Too bad he had that brutal giveaway on the first empty-netter that sunk the Canucks comeback attempt.
  • Cull had no timeline on Jett Woo, who’s missed the last five games due to injury.

Cody’s Three Stars

  1. The fans who stayed until the final horn
  2. Chris Faber for watching the game and joining the post-game scrum despite being in Edmonton for a work retreat
  3. Phil Di Giuseppe for having the least amount of egregious puckhandling errors

Next Up on the Docket

Unfortunately, the Canucks return tomorrow night for the rematch.

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