The Canucks end a two-game Alberta swing in Calgary facing the Flames Saturday night. Tonight's game is presented by Toyota.
MORNING SKATE UPDATE
Before the start of the regular season earlier this week, Coach Green was asked what it would take to get Adam Gaudette into the line-up. Green said patience was the key to success for the 23-year-old forward, who played 56 games with the Canucks last season.
Gaudette didn't have to stay patient for long. He'll make his season debut Saturday night in Calgary, skating between Jake Virtanen and Josh Leivo. Needless to say, he's pumped.
Video: PREGAME | Gaudette at Flames
BACK IN THE SADDLE (DOME)
Micheal Ferland played three and half seasons with the Calgary Flames and was known as a pest when facing the Canucks. Tonight he'll play his second game with Vancouver and first as a pest against the Flames.
Get your popcorn ready.
Video: PREGAME | Ferland at Flames
STATS, STATS, STATS
- Vancouver and Calgary will face off four times this season: Oct. 5 (road), Dec. 29 (road), Feb. 8 (home), and Mar. 27 (home).
- The Canucks have a 109-130-33-6 all-time record vs the Flames. Vancouver has gone 46-75-15-1 on the road in Calgary.
- Elias Pettersson led Canucks skaters in scoring against Calgary in the 2018.19 season series with nine points (4-5-9).
- Alex Edler has 36 career points (6-30-36) in 56 games versus Calgary.
- Current Canuck Micheal Ferland appeared in 250 games with Calgary, posting 89 points (42-47-89) and 135 penalty minutes. Oscar Fantenberg also played 15 games with the Flames, collecting one assist and seven penalty minutes.
LAST MEETING - Mar. 23/19: VAN 1 at CGY 3
Brock Boeser scored the Canucks lone goal on the power play...Alex Edler led the team in ice time with 26:44...Bo Horvat won 15 faceoffs (75%)...Jacob Markstrom faced 31 shots.
LAST GAME - Oct. 2/19: VAN: 2 at EDM 3
Alex Edler collected the Canucks first goal of the season, tying the game at 1-1 at 11:58 of the second period...Tanner Pearson gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead at 9:41 in the third...Jordie Benn, J.T. Miller (0-1-1), Tyler Myers (0-1-1) and Micheal Ferland made their Canucks debut...Chris Tanev led the team in blocked shots (4)...Jacob Markstrom faced 22 shots.
NEW FACES IN 2019.20
Heading in to the 2019.20 season, a total of five players will make their debut in a Canucks uniform.
Jordie Benn joined the team as a free agent on July 1. Last year, Benn racked up 22 points (5-17-22) and 39 PIM over the course of 81 games with the Montreal Canadiens. He ranked third among Canadiens defencemen in scoring last season and set career highs for goals, points and games played. His 17 assists tied a previous career high, set in 2013.14 with the Dallas Stars.
Oscar Fantenberg split the 2018.19 season between the Los Angeles Kings (2-1-3 in 46 games) and Calgary Flames (0-1-1 in 15 games.) He signed as a free agent with Vancouver on July 1.
J.T. Miller was acquired by the Canucks from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for goaltender Marek Mazanec, a 2019 third round pick and a 2020 conditional pick. He recorded 47 points (13-34-47) in 75 games for the Lightning in 2018-19. The 6-1, 218- pound centre also netted a career-high 20 power play points. His 34 assists on the season tied a career-high and his 47 points was his third highest total in a single season.
Tyler Myers signed as a free agent on July 1. He led all Winnipeg Jets defencemen in goals (9) and tied for second among blueliners in points (31) during the 2018.19 season. His three game-winning goals also paced Jets blueliners while his 156 shots on goal ranked second.
Micheal Ferland posted a career-high in assists with 23 while his 17 goals and 40 points were his second highest career total in both categories in 2018.19. His six power play goals on the season also ranked tied for third on the Hurricanes while his 12 power play points ranked fourth. He also notched an assist in seven games with the Hurricanes during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Ferland joined the Canucks as a free agent on July 10.
The 2019.20 campaign marks the 50th season of the Canucks franchise in the NHL and will include a season-long celebration honouring five decades of Vancouver Canucks hockey as an exciting new era begins. The following includes some of the highlights:
- Opening Night, presented by TD, is scheduled for Wednesday, October 9th versus the Los Angeles Kings, the anniversary date and first Canucks opponent from their debut season in 1970.71.
- November includes the first of an Era Series that acknowledge the decades in Canucks history with a 1970's celebration where the greats of the inaugural decade of Canucks hockey will be honoured during their game versus the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, November 5th.
- On December 3, 2019, when the Canucks take on the Ottawa Senators, Alex Burrows will become the seventh player inducted into the Canucks Ring of Honour.
- December is highlighted by the second of the Era Series, a 1980's Night celebration on Saturday, December 7th versus the Buffalo Sabres where memories of the white towel and the Canucks first march to the Stanley Cup Final will be remembered throughout the night.
- January sees the return of some familiar faces from our past and the Black Skate jersey, highlighting a celebration of all things 1990's on Saturday, January 4th versus the New York Rangers. The Canucks annual Lunar New Year Game will be played on Saturday, January 18th versus the San Jose Sharks.
- Daniel and Henrik Sedin's careers will be celebrated over three consecutive home games in the month of February. The week will begin on February 10th versus the Nashville Predators with a special game night celebrating the careers of the four legends who have their numbers already hanging in the rafters: Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden, Markus Naslund and Pavel Bure. On February 12th versus the Chicago Blackhawks, the first Sedin celebration game will take place, presented by Budweiser. It will highlight the twins' extraordinary on-ice excellence and include an historic pre-game ceremony where No. 22 and No. 33 will be raised to the rafters. The week will conclude on February 16th versus the Anaheim Ducks with a family-focused weekend matinee game recognizing the Sedins' widespread off-ice contributions to the community and the province of British Columbia.
- March is highlighted by March 6th versus the Colorado Avalanche, with a celebration of arguably the most exciting era of Canucks history including memories throughout the night of the West Coast Express, the reign of Lu, and of course, dragons and stanchions as we celebrate the most recent era, the 2000's. A family-fun and festive atmosphere will be had for those in attendance on Next Generation Day on Sunday, March 15th versus the Winnipeg Jets where the club will look ahead to the bright future of hockey in British Columbia.
- The Canucks wrap up their regular season schedule by honouring the great fans that have supported the team for 50 years with Fan Appreciation Night, presented by Pepsi, on Saturday, April 4th versus the Vegas Golden Knights.