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Game Notes: Canucks @ Sabres

...Vancouver continues its five-game road trip

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver faces off against Buffalo for the second and final time this season. The Canucks won the first game 6-5 (OT) at Rogers Arena on December 7. Today's game is presented by Toyota Pacific.

Vancouver is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs Buffalo (3-1-1 in their last 5 meetings).

QUICK NUMBERS

  • Alex Edler has 5 points (0-5-5) in his last 7 games.
  • J.T. Miller has 9 points (2-7-9) in his last 9 games.
  • Brock Boeser has 17 points (4-13-17) in his last 17 games.
  • Tanner Pearson has 19 points (7-12-19) over his last 19 games.
  • Jake Virtanen has 15 points (6-9-15) in his last 19 games.
  • Bo Horvat has 18 points (4-14-18) over his last 20 games.
  • Quinn Hughes has 12 points (2-10-12) in his last 19 games and is 3rd among rookies with 30 points (4-26-30).

LAST GAME AGAINST BUF - DEC. 7/19: VAN 6 vs BUF 5 (OT)

Josh Leivo collected two goals, setting a career high for most in a game...Antoine Roussel shared the team lead for goals on the night with two as well...Tyler Myers netted his first goal as a Canuck...JT Miller notched the game-winner in overtime...Jake Virtanen set a career high for assists in a game (2)...Micheal Ferland led the team in hits (6)...Thatcher Demko faced 28 shots.

Video: Miller, Canucks edge Sabres in overtime, 6-5

LAST GAME PLAYED - JAN. 9/20: VAN 2 at FLA 5

Brock Boeser notched his 14th goal of the season in the first period...J.T. Miller and Tyler Motte both recorded 4 hits...Tyler Myers led the Canucks in ice time (25:56) and blocked shots (4)...Thatcher Demko faced 49 shots.

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.

SEEING STARS

Elias Pettersson will make his second NHL All-Star Game appearance, to be played in St. Louis on Saturday, January 25, as part of all- star weekend. On Jan. 3 Jacob Markstrom was also added to Team Pacific.

POWERED UP

  • J.T. Miller ranks tied for t-13th in the NHL for PPG (7). Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson each have six, ranked t-25nd.
  • Elias Pettersson is tied for t-10th in PPP (18).
  • Vancouver is tied for 2nd in the League with 40 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 (1-1-2) scored the game-winning goal on Dec. 21/19 vs PIT to boost his 2019-20 totals to 14-20-34 (37 GP). The 26- year-old forward has collected the second-most points among players acquired during the off-season, trailing only Rangers forward Artemi Panarin (20-24-44 in 34 GP).

J.T. Miller (13-18-31), 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 (547), and first in power play faceoff wins (117). He is also tied for first in even strength face-off wins (407).

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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