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Game Notes: Canucks vs. Coyotes

...just a pair of home games remaining for the Canucks before the all-star break

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver faces off against Arizona for the first of four times this season.

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

The Canucks held a full morning skate Thursday ahead of facing the Coyotes. Brandon Sutter, who joined Vancouver at the end of its road trip in Winnipeg earlier this week, will make his return to the line-up after missing 12 games with injury. He's excited and hoping his injury woes are finally behind him.

Video: PREGAME | Sutter vs. Coyotes

Jacob Markstrom makes his fourth straight start in goal.

HOCKEY TALKS

Tonight's game is the seventh annual Hockey Talks game for the Canucks.

The Hockey Talks mental health awareness initiative began in 2013, following the tragic passing of Canucks player Rick Rypien in 2011. Rick was a hockey hero, a son, a brother, a teammate, and a friend. Rick's wish was to support others and help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness by being a spokesperson for this issue. The Vancouver Canucks are committed to honoring Rick's legacy by telling his story and carrying out his mission to support youth and families struggling with mental health challenges.

Tyler Motte shared his mental health story with the hockey world Wedneday.

Video: HOCKEY TALKS | Tyler Motte's Story

This year, all 7 Canadian NHL teams and 8 US teams will host a Hockey Talks mental health awareness night to encourage conversation, share mental health resource information, and reduce the stigma.

QUICK NUMBERS

  • J.T. Miller has 13 points (3-10-13) in his last 12 games.
  • Brock Boeser has 19 points (6-13-19) in his last 20 games.
  • Tanner Pearson has 22 points (7-15-22) over his last 22 games.
  • Bo Horvat has 22 points (7-15-22) over his last 23 games.
  • Jake Virtanen has 16 points (7-9-16) in his last 22 games.
  • Quinn Hughes has 14 points (2-12-14) in his last 22 games and is 3rd among rookies with 32 points (4-28-32).

LAST GAME AGAINST ARI - Feb. 28/19: VAN 2 at ARI 5

Tanner Pearson notched his first goal as a Canuck...Antoine Roussel scored at 6:29 in the third to cut the Coyotes lead in half...Alex Biega established a career high point streak with an assist, extending his scoring streak to three straight games (1-3-4 in 3 GP)...Troy Stecher appeared in his 200th game...Thatcher Demko faced 24 shots.

SEEING STARS

Quinn Hughes was added into all-star weekend through the 2020 NHL All-Star Last Men In online voting program.

Hughes, 20, becomes the 11th Canucks defenceman to be named to an All-Star Game roster, and first since Alex Edler in 2012. He ranks third among rookies in scoring with 31 points (4-27-31) in 44 games in 2019.20. Hughes leads Canucks defencemen in scoring, power play points (3-13-16) and ranks third among Canucks blueliners in average time on ice per game (21:22).

Quinn joins teammates Elias Pettersson, who is making his second NHL All-Star Game appearance, and Jacob Markstrom.

Hughes, Pettersson and Markstrom will represent Team Pacific at the NHL All-Star Game, to be played in St. Louis on Saturday, January 25.

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

From Dec. 19/19 to Jan. 4/20, the Canucks posted a seven game win streak. It marked just the seventh time the Canucks have posted a 7-game winning streak, tying for third longest in club history. Vancouver has posted longer runs on only two occasions: 10-0-0 (Nov. 9-30/02) and 8-0-0 (Dec. 23-Jan. 7/11).

During the Canucks most recent win streak, 16 different skaters registered a point or more. Elias Pettersson (5-4-9), Tanner Pearson (4-5-9), Bo Horvat (3-6-9) and JT Miller (2-7-9) led the way for the Canucks with nine points each.

THE CENTURY MARK

Tanner Pearson is one goal away from collecting his 100th career goal. Only three players from his 2012 draft class have accomplished the feat to date: Forsberg, Galchenyuk and Hertl.

POWERED UP

  • J.T. Miller and Elias Pettersson rank tied for t-15th in the NHL for PPG (7). Bo Horvat has six, ranked t-30th.
  • Elias Pettersson is tied for t-8th in PPP (19).
  • Vancouver is ranked 3rd in the League with 41 power play goals this season.

WORKING OVERTIME

On Dec. 19/19 vs VGK, Chris Tanev notched his fourth career overtime goal, placing him in a tie with Alex Edler for third in franchise history by a Canucks defenceman. Sami Salo holds the record with 7, followed by Mattias Ohlund with 6.

THIRD TIME'S A CHARM

Canucks rookie defenseman Quinn Hughes collected his third three-assist game this season on Nov. 27/19 at PIT. Hughes became the first rookie defenceman in Canucks history to accomplish the feat in a single season (Oct. 30 at LAK and Nov. 21 at NSH). The only rookie blueliner with more in a single season is Ray Bourque (4 in 1979-80 with BOS).

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

J.T. Miller (0-2-2) recorded two assists on Jan. 12/20 at MIN to boost his 2019-20 totals to 16-28-44 (46 GP).

J.T. Miller (16-28-44), collected at least one point in eight straight games (5-6-11) from Nov. 21-Dec. 7. The last player to record a longer point streak in his first year with Vancouver was Mark Messier in 1997-98 (5-9-14 in 10 GP).

FACING OFF

Bo Horvat ranks 2nd in the NHL in face-off wins (575), and first in power play faceoff wins (123) and even strength face-off wins (429). On Nov. 16/19 vs COL, Horvat won 26 draws in the face-off circle, tying the second highest club record in a single game (Mark Messier - Mar. 2/98 vs LA). The Canucks record stands at 28, set by Messier on Jan. 8/99 vs FLA. Canucks Head Coach Travis Green holds the League record for faceoff wins in a single game with 33, set on Nov. 8/97 vs CHI.

PRODUCTION FROM PETTERSSON

Elias Petterson is one of five active players to reach the 30-point mark in fewer than 30 games in each of his first two or more NHL seasons. The others: Sidney Crosby (10x) Evgeni Malkin (9x) Alex Ovechkin (6x) and Connor McDavid (5x).

Pettersson recorded his 100th career point in his 103rd game, becoming the second quickest Canuck to accomplish the feat. The quickest a Canuck has reached 100 points was 96 games, achieved by Pavel Bure. The third quickest is Ivan Hlinka who did so in 109 games.

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