Canucks Begin 3-Game Road Trip Against Dallas Today


By Andrew Phillip Chernoff CanucksBanter

March 25, 2023

Vancouver Canucks (32-34-5), 6th in the Pacific Division) vs. Dallas Stars (38-19-14), 1rst in the Central Division)

Dallas, Texas; Saturday, 4 p.m. PDT

OnThe Road Again

Vancouver begins a 3-game road trip against the Stars; visiting Chicago tomorrow, March 26; and finally, St. Louis, March 28.

The Canucks can reach .500 on the road this season with a win over Dallas today.

Teams Looking To Extend Win Streaks

The Vancouver Canucks face the top-ranked team in the Central Division, the Dallas Stars.

Dallas are 18-9-9 at home, with a regulation win last game; Canucks are 15-16-4 on the road, with a 2-game win streak.

The Canucks have a 6-28-4 record in games they score three or less goals; a 26-6-2 record in games they score 4-plus goals.

Team Highlights

Vancouver has a 22-14-3 record in Western Conference play; 8-8-3 against the Central Division. The Canucks have allowed 262 goals while scoring 238 for a -24 scoring differential.

Dallas is 24-12-6 in Western Conference play; 11-9-2 against the Pacific Division. The Stars have a +49 scoring differential, with 247 total goals scored and 198 conceded.

Saturday’s game is the third meeting between these teams this season. The Canucks won 5-4 in overtime in the last meeting.

Players To Watch

Jason Robertson has 41 goals and 48 assists for the Stars. Wyatt Johnston has scored seven goals with one assist over the past 10 games.

J.T. Miller has 28 goals and 41 assists for the Canucks. Quinn Hughes has 11 assists over the last 10 games. Elias Pettersson has 33 goals and 57 assists over his 69 games this season.


Stars: 6-3-1, averaging 4.6 goals, 8.2 assists, 2.6 penalties and 5.4 penalty minutes while giving up 3.7 goals per game.

Canucks: 8-2-0, averaging 3.6 goals, 6.3 assists, 3.3 penalties and 7.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game.

Canucks – Stars NHL Rankings

Streaking Canucks

  • Elias Pettersson is on a career-high 10-game point-streak and has 14 points (5-9-14) in those games.
  • J.T. Miller has 17 points (9-8-17) in his last 10 games. 9 points (4+5=9) in the last 4 games
  • Quinn Hughes has 14 points (0-14-14) in his last 12 games. 7 points (0+7=7) the last 4 games.
  • Andrei Kuzmenko has nine points (7-2-9) in his last 10 games.
  • Conor Garland has six points (1-5-6) in his last 7 games.
  • Phillip Di Giuseppe has three points (2+1=3 in his last 2 games

Thatcher Demko Playing Like An All-Star

Since his return from injury, Demko has 7 wins in 10 games, a .918 SV% (save percentage), and a GAA (goals against average) of 2.40.


  • Mar. 14/23: VAN 5 vs DAL 2
  • Feb. 27/23: VAN 5 at DAL 4 (OT)
  • Apr. 18/22: VAN 6 vs DAL 2
  • Mar. 26/22: VAN 4 at DAL 1
  • Nov. 7/21: VAN 6 vs DAL 3


Stars: Tyler Seguin: out (lower body), Mason Marchment: out (lower body), Scott Wedgewood: day to day (undisclosed).

­Canucks: Filip Hronek: out (upper-body), Oliver Ekman-Larsson: out (lower body), Noah Juulsen: day to day (lower body), Ilya Mikheyev: out for season (knee), Tanner Pearson: out for season (hand), Travis Dermott: out (undisclosed), Tucker Poolman: out (undisclosed).

Canucks Defenceman Christian Wolanin Agrees to a Two-Year Extension


Christian Wolanin #86 of the Vancouver Canucks skates with the puck during the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Arena on March 18, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)

by Canucks Communications @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

March 23, 2023

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenceman Christian Wolanin on a two-year, two-way contract extension.


“Christian has been a key contributor at both the AHL and NHL level this season,” said Allvin. “He has developed nicely under the watchful eye of our Abbotsford coaching staff and player development team. This has allowed him to step into his current role in the NHL and show that he can help our team get results.”

Wolanin, 28, has split this season between Vancouver and the Abbotsford Canucks (AHL), collecting three points (0-3-3) and a +4 plus-minus rating in 15 NHL games so far. Prior to being recalled on February 18, he had registered 55 points (6-49-55) in 49 AHL games with Abbotsford to lead all Canucks skaters and AHL defencemen in scoring. Despite having not appeared in AHL game action since February 15, Wolanin still ranks atop each category and sits third in assists in the league.

The 6’2″, 190-pound defenceman was selected to represent the Pacific Division at the 2023 AHL All-Star Classic earlier this season and helped guide the team to an All-Star Challenge Championship. On December 5, he was named the AHL Player of the Week with 10 points (1-9-10) in four games.

Now in his sixth professional season, Wolanin has recorded 23 points (6-17-23) and 20 penalty minutes in 85 career NHL games with the Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings, and Ottawa Senators. In 138 regular season AHL games with Abbotsford, Ontario Reign, and Belleville Senators, Wolanin has posted 108 points (15-93-108), 77 penalty minutes, and a +21 rating. He also appeared in five Calder Cup Playoff games with Ontario last season, notching a goal and three assists.

Originally born in Quebec City, Quebec, Wolanin has presented the United States on the international stage as a dual citizen, playing in the 2019 and 2021 World Championships, earning bronze in the latter year. He was originally selected by the Ottawa Senators in the fourth round, 107th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.