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Game Notes: Canucks vs. Coyotes

...Vancouver opens a three-game homestand

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks face off against the Arizona Coyotes tonight in their second of four match ups this season. Vancouver is 0-1-1 in two previous games versus Arizona in 2018.19. The Canucks visit Arizona for the season series finale on Feb. 28. Vancouver is 1-3-1 in their last five games versus Arizona and 4-5-1 in their last 10 GP.

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

No surprises this morning during Canucks morning skate as none of the six injured players took part. Elias Pettersson skated alongside Brock Boeser and Ryan Spooner on what is expected to be Vancouver's second line. Spooner, making his Canucks debut, hasn't played since January 22nd. Pettersson said he's excited to line-up with the 27-year-old because his skill is evident.

Video: PREGAME | Pettersson vs. Coyotes

Coach Green is making line-up changes ahead of tonight's game: Tim Schaller returns and Ashton Sautner is in, while Jacob Markstrom starts in goal. "I want him in," said Green about Schaller, who has been a healthy scratch in 10 of the past 11 games. "It's a bit of a gut feeling. He's been working hard."

Video: PREGAME | Green vs. Coyotes

LAST MEETING - Jan. 10/19: VAN 3 vs ARI 4 (OT)

Bo Horvat netted the game winner during his 300th career game...Elias Pettersson opened the scoring and extended his scoring streak to five games with a power play goal at 14:48 in the second period...Antoine Roussel recorded his second career penalty shot goal while making his debut as a Canuck...Sven Baertschi led Canucks skaters is scoring with two points (0-2-2)...Chris Tanev registered eight hits...Anders Nilsson made 24 saves.

LAST GAME - Feb. 16/19: VAN 2 at SJ 3

Antoine Roussel notched the Canucks first goal of the night, drawing the Canucks into a 1-1 tie in the first...Brock Boeser scored the Canucks second goal of the night, which was his 100th career point...Loui Eriksson appeared in his 900th career game...Tyler Motte registered four hits...Jacob Markstrom faced 26 shots.

DIVISION RIVALS

Vancouver has a 8-8-3 record versus Pacific Division teams this season. Including tonight's contest, 10 of their remaining 22 games are against divisional opponents.

HIGH MARK

Since Dec. 6, Jacob Markstrom has posted a record of 14-8-3. This includes a .923 SV%, 766 shots against and 707 saves. Markstrom ranks eighth in the League in wins (22) and fourth in both shots against (1,414) and total saves (1,288).

THE ROOKIE

With his 13th multi-point game this season on Feb. 14 at LAK, Elias Pettersson moved into a tie with Thomas Gradin for 4th all-time in Canucks rookies multi-point games (Pavel Bure leads the way with 18).

Pettersson not only leads his team but all rookies in goals (26), points (54), assists (28), power-play goals (8), power-play points (15), game-winning goals (7), and points per game (1.10).

Elias Pettersson joins an elite list of 10 players who have scored at least 25 goals in thier first 44 games played, aged 20 or younger (Ovechkin, Martin, Murdoch, Bossy, Lindros, Robitaille, Yzerman, Gretzky, Hawerchuk, Boeser).

With his 50th point of the season Feb. 9/19 vs CGY, Pettersson became the 11th Canuck to score 50 or more points in their rookie season. Pavel Bure and Ivan Hlinka share the club record of 60 points in a rookie season.

Pettersson was named to Team Pacific Division for the 2019 NHL All-Star Game. He became the youngest Canucks player and just the third Canucks rookie (Tallon, Boeser) named to the honour. He participated in the Fastest Skater and Puck Control Relay.

With his seventh GWG Jan. 2 at OTT, Pettersson established a new Canucks single-season record for most GWG scored by a rookie.

With a hat trick on Jan. 2 at OTT, Pettersson became just the fourth active player to accumulate 40 or more career points within his first 40 NHL games. He also became the first rookie in Canucks franchise history to score a hat trick that included an OTG. He is the eighth Canucks rookie to net a hat trick.

Pettersson was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month recipient for the month of December after leading all rookies in goals (6), assists (11), points (17), game-winning goals (4) and plus/minus (tied, +8) in 14 games.

Pettersson, who led all rookies with seven goals and 10 points in eight games (7-3-10) in October, was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for October. He was named the NHL's second star of the week ending November 4th (sharing the League lead with four goals and ranked third overall with seven points in three games) and was named first star of the week ending December 9th (after leading the NHL with eight points (2-6-8) in three games).

With five points (1-4-5) on Dec. 9 at STL, Pettersson became the sixth rookie since 1967-68 to record multiple outings with at least five points in a single season. He also registered five points (2-3-5) on Nov. 2 vs COL.

FACE THE FACTS

Bo Horvat ranks second in the NHL in face-off wins (789), first in even-strength face-off wins (650) and first in face-offs taken (1487). He also ranks 9th in PP face-off wins (103).

Horvat ranks third on the team in goals (20), second in power play goals (5), points (45), assists (25) and power play points (12), in face-off win percentage (tied - 53.0%; min. 10 GP), and first in shots (171) and TOI (among forwards; 21:00).

GOOD-BETTER-BOES

Brock Boeser notched his 20th goal of the season on Feb. 14 at LAK, becoming the fifth Canucks player with multiple 20-goal seasons before turning 22 years old, joining Linden, Bure, Blight and Tanti.

Among players to debut with the Canucks franchise, Brock Boeser required the second fewest games played to score his 50th career goal (110 GP), trailing only Pavel Bure (82 GP) (source: NHL PR).

THE GOING RATE

  • Derrick Pouliot has three points (1-2-3) over the past five games
  • Brock Boeser has four points (3-1-4) over the past six games
  • Josh Leivo has four points (2-2-4) over the past six games
  • Antoine Roussel has six points (3-3-6) over the past nine games
  • Elias Pettersson has 12 points (4-8-12) over the past 11 games
  • Troy Stecher has three points (0-3-3) over the past six games
  • Bo Horvat has three points (2-1-3) in two of the past five games
  • Adam Gaudette has two points (1-1-2) over the past three games
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