#3 Jason Dickinson had a strong game
It looks like Jason Dickinson has been shooting the puck more the last six games.
Against the Sharks, he had a 42.56% expected goals for and his 1.25 expected goals led all Canucks per MoneyPuck.
He managed three shots on goal and including one where he tried to out deke Hill but couldn’t finish. Dickinson finally scored his first goal since October 21 against the Chicago Blackhawks with an empty netter. Maybe this will boost his confidence to score more.
Dickinson’s defensive play has improved the last few games and he has been playing on the wing instead of his centre. He is starting to become the two-way player the Canucks expected of when they traded for him.
- Elias Pettersson had an off night but assisted on Dickinson’s empty netter. He had the third lowest CF on the Canucks with 27.59%. Vancouver was also outshot 13-4 when he was on the ice.
- Vasily Podkolzin took a puck to the face late in the second and he was bleeding. Thankfully, he returned in the third.
- Juulsen did not have a good game. He was easily beat by Cogliano on the Sharks’ second goal and made a brutal giveaway soon after. The Canucks gave up seven high danger chances when he was on the ice.
The Canucks return home to face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Puck drop is at 4:00 PM.