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Game notes: Canucks @ Coyotes

...Vancouver meets Arizona in the second of back-to-back games

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks face off against the Arizona Coyotes tonight in their fourth and final match up this season. Vancouver has lost all three previous meetings this season: Oct. 25 (4-1), Jan. 10 (4-3 OT) and Feb. 21 (3-2 OT).

Vancouver is 1-2-2 in their last five games versus the Coyotes (3-5-2 in the last 10).

Tonight marks Troy Stecher's 200th career NHL game.

PRE-GAME UPDATE

The Canucks did not hold a game day skate Thursday, instead Coach Green spoke to the media pre-game with the following updates: Thatcher Demko starts in net, Alex Edler and Adam Gaudette are both in, while Markus Granlund and Derrick Pouliot will not play. Meanwhile Guillaume Brisebois has been reassigned to the Utica Comets.

BACK-TO-BACK

Tonight marks the conclusion of the eighth of 11 back-to-backs the Canucks will play this season. Vancouver is 7-7-1 in back-to-backs so far this season (4-3-1 in the first game and 3-4-0 in the second game)

LAST MEETING - Feb. 21/19: VAN 2 vs ARI 3 (OT)

Bo Horvat gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead at 9:47 of the first...Adam Gaudette tied it 2-2 with 3:03 left in the third period...Antoine Roussel had two assists...Jacob Markstrom made 35 saves...Ryan Spooner had four shots on goal in his Canucks debut...Ashton Sautner made his Canucks season debut.

LAST GAME - Feb. 27/19: VAN 2 vs COL 3 (SO)

Antoine Roussel notched the tying goal to make it 1-1 at 9:13 of the first...Josh Leivo tied the game 2-2 with his 12th goal of the season at 16:58 of the third...Alex Biega tied a career-high with two assists...Ryan Spooner and Brock Boeser each picked up an assist...Jacob Markstrom made 43 saves.

FEBRUARY TIMES

In the month of February, Ben Hutton currently ranks third in the NHL in TOI/GP with 26:43 while Troy Stecher ranks sixth with 25:11. Hutton also ranks fourth in this time span for total ice time (350:42) while Stecher ranks seventh (330:27).

HIGH MARK

Since Dec. 6, Jacob Markstrom has posted a record of 15-9-5. This includes a .924 SV%, 900 shots against and 833 saves.

Markstrom ranks tied for ninth in the League in wins (23) and second in shots against (1,548) and total saves (1,414).

His .926 save percentage during the month of February also ranks sixth in the NHL among goaltenders that have played seven or more games this month.

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).

Petterson is within four points of tying the franchise record for most points in a rookie season; Pavel Bure and Ivan Hlinka share the title with 60 each.

Pettersson not only leads his team but all rookies in goals (26), points (56), assists (30), power-play goals (8), power-play points (16), game-winning goals (7), and points per game (1.08).

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).

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, 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 (843), first in even-strength face-off wins (684) and first in face-offs taken (1597). He also ranks t-7th in PP face-off wins (113).

Horvat ranks second on the team in goals (23), power play goals (6), points (48), assists (25), power play points (12), face-off win percentage (53.1%; min. 10 GP), and first in shots (187) and TOI (among forwards; 21:02).

With two goals Feb. 25 vs ANA, Horvat has also set a new career high for most goals in a season.

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

  • Brock Boeser has five points (2-3-5) over the past six games
  • Antoine Roussel has five points (2-3-5) over the past six games
  • Elias Pettersson has 14 points (4-10-14) over the past 15 games
  • Bo Horvat has six points (5-1-6) over the past nine games
  • Adam Gaudette has three points (2-1-3) over the past five games
  • Alex Biega has three points (1-2-3) over the past two games
  • Ryan Spooner has an assist in consecutive games
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