Vancouver has a 6-5-3 record versus Pacific Division teams this season. Including tonight's contest, more than half (15) of their remaining 27 games are against divisional opponents.
THE ROAD TO 50
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).
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 not only leads his team but all rookies in goals (25), points (48), power-play goals (7), power-play assists (t-7), power-play points (14), game-winning goals (7), points per game avg (1.09) and shooting percentage [27.2%; this also ranks first in the NHL (min. 20 GP)].
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.
Playing in his 783rd career game Dec. 22 vs WPG (all with Vancouver), Alex Edler passed Harold Snepsts for most games played by a defenceman in Canucks franchise history.
Edler also leads the way among Canucks defencemen in career points (354), power play points (163) and shots (1755). He ranks second among Canucks blueliners in goals (89; 4 behind Mattias Ohlund), second in assists (265; 25 behind Dennis Kearns) and second in power play goals (43; 5 behind Sami Salo).
Edler is currently 2nd the NHL in blocks per game (2.9; min. 10 GP). He has led the team in TOI in 24 of 38 GP and has led both teams in TOI in 15 of 38 GP.
FACE THE FACTS
Bo Horvat ranks first in the NHL in face-off wins (720), first in even-strength face-off wins (592) and first in face-offs taken (1356). He also ranks 7th in PP face-off wins (93).
Horvat ranks T-2nd in team goals (18), second in power play goals (5), points (42), power play points (11) and face-off win percentage (53.1%; min. 10 GP) and first in assists (24), shots (162) and TOI (among forwards; 20:52).
THE GOING RATE
- Brock Boeser has nine points (4-5-9) in nine games
- Elias Pettersson has nine points (6-3-9) in the last nine games
- Josh Leivo has six points (2-4-6) in seven games
- Antoine Roussel has four points (2-2-4) over the past six games