CANUCKS AT COYOTES PREVIEW: (TV: Sportsnet Pacific; Radio: Sportsnet 650)
The Vancouver Canucks face off against the Arizona Coyotes for their third of four meetings this season (1-1-0). The season series concludes in Vancouver on Apr. 5.
This is also the first of a three-game road trip that sees stops in Los Angeles (Mar. 12) and Anaheim (Mar. 14). To date, Vancouver is 13-18-5 against teams from the Western Conference (6-12-1 versus teams from the Pacific Division).
Tonight also marks the start of the Canucks ninth of 10 back-to-back series this season. Vancouver is 5-10-1 (2-5-1 in the first game and 3-5-0 in the second game) in back-to-back games thus far in 2017.18
LAST MEETING - MAR. 7/18: VAN 1 vs ARI 2
Jussi Jokinen scored his first as a Canuck to tie it 1-1 on a delayed penalty with 16 seconds left in the first period...Brendan Leipsic and Sam Gagner drew an assist on the play...Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves...Jake Virtanen and Troy Stecher each registered 6 hits while Michael Del Zotto and Tyler Motte had 5 apiece.
VS COYOTES TIDBITS:
• Henrik Sedin leads Canucks skaters in career points against the Coyotes (11-41-52 in 66 GP).
• Daniel Sedin has collected 51 (17-34-51) career points in 66 games against Arizona.
• Alex Edler has 14 points (2-12-14) in 40 career games versus ARI.
• Sam Gagner has 15 points (5-10-15) in 30 career games versus ARI.
• Jacob Markstrom has a record of 4-2-0 along with a .946 save percentage and 1.82 GAA in 6 career games versus ARI.
• Anders Nilsson has a record of 0-2-1 along with a .864 save percentage and 3.58 GAA in 3 career games versus ARI
LAST GAME: MAR. 9/18: VAN 2 vs MIN 5
Michael Del Zotto scored 53 seconds into the first period to make it 1-0...Jussi Jokinen tied it 2-2 on a rebound at 7:51 of the second, his second goal in as many games...Bo Horvat, Sam Gagner, Erik Gudbranson and Daniel Sedin each netted an assist...Anders Nilsson made 31 saves.
THE GOING RATE:
• Derrick Pouliot has 5 assists/points over the past 10 games.
• Brendan Leipsic has 6 points (2-4-6) over the past 5 games as a Canuck.
• Jake Virtanen has 2 points (1-1-2) over the past 3 games.
• Brandon Sutter has 4 points (2-2-4) over the past 9 games.
• Daniel Sedin has 15 points (8-7-15) over the past 13 games.
• Alex Edler has 5 assists/points over the past 10 games.
• Henrik Sedin has 7 assists/points over the past 11 games.
• Jussi Jokinen has a goal in 2 straight games.
• Darren Archibald has 5 points (3-2-5) over the past 13 games.
• Bo Horvat has collected 12 points (6-6-12) over the past 13 games (6 points over the past 5 games).
• Sam Gagner has an assist in 2 straight games.
PLAYER QUICK HITS:
• Alex Edler collected his 326th career point on Mar. 2/18 vs NSH to become the leading scorer among defencemen in franchise history, surpassing Mattias Ohlund. He ranks 23rd among active NHL defencemen in career scoring.
• Daniel Sedin notched his 20th goal of the season on Feb. 28. He has now surpassed Markus Naslund for the most 20+ goal seasons in franchise history (Daniel has done it 11 times). Daniel ranks tied for 5th among active players for most 20+ goal seasons, behind Hossa (15), Marleau (15), Ovechkin (13) and Nash (12).
• Daniel Sedin collected his 136th career PPG on Feb. 25/18 at ARI, moving him into sole of possession of second for most career PPG among Swedish-born players in NHL history. Mats Sundin leads the way with 160 career PPG. Now with 137 PPG, Daniel ranks t-69th all-time for most PPG.
• Daniel Sedin collected his 85th career GWG on Feb. 25/18 at ARI to move into a tie for 26th all-time in NHL history (with Glenn Anderson and Marian Hossa). He is one GWG away from tying Joe Sakic and Pierre Turgeon for 24th most in history. 21.8% of Daniel Sedin's career goals have been been GWG. That is the 2nd highest percentage in NHL history among players with 250 career goals.
• Daniel Sedin has registered 13 goals since Jan. 7; it is tied for the 13th most in the League since that time.
• Henrik Sedin appeared in his 1,300th NHL game Feb. 3/18 vs TBL. He became just the 62nd player all-time and third Swedish born player in League history to achieve the feat. He now sits t-57th all-time with 1,316 games played and is 2 games away from tying Guy Carbonneau for 56th.
• Brock Boeser ranks t-15th in the NHL goal-scoring race and leads all rookies with 29 goals. Boeser also leads all rookies in PPG (10), PPP (23) and shots (179).
• Boeser notched his 30th career goal (26th this season) on Feb. 18/18 at TBL to become just the 3rd Canucks skater to reach 30 goals with rookie status, joining Pavel Bure and Trevor Linden.