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Game Notes: Canucks vs. Hurricanes

...Vancouver ends its five-game homestand

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Tonight will be the first time Carolina and Vancouver will face off this season. Vancouver will play in Carolina on Feb. 2 to conclude the season series.

  • The Canucks are 6-4-0 in their last 10 meetings with the Hurricanes and 1-4-0 in their last five match-ups with Carolina.
  • Tonight the Canucks host First Nations Celebration Night - a salute and celebration of the First Nations culture in our province.

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

Jacob Markstrom starts in goal for the Canucks, who will be without Thatcher Demko to back him up. Demko suffered a concussion Wednesday in practice, revealed Coach Green, meaning Michael DiPietro will re-join the team for tonight's game.

Other notes for tonight: Adam Gaudette, who did not skate this morning, will play, while Brandon Sutter will not, said Green.

Video: PREGAME | Green vs. Hurricanes

NEED TO KNOW BASIS

  • Josh Leivo has six points (5-1-6) in his last six games and five goals in his last five games.
  • Jordie Benn has three points (0-3-3) in his last 4 games.
  • Elias Pettersson enters play tonight with 12 points (6-6-12) in his last 13 games.
  • Brock Boeser has 9 points (3-6-9) in his last 11 games.
  • Tanner Pearson has produced 14 points (6-8-14) over his last 13 games. He is currently on a 3-game scoring streak (1-2-3).
  • JT Miller has 11 points (5-6-11) in his last 9 games.
  • Quinn Hughes is 3rd among rookies with 24 points (2-22-24).
  • Bo Horvat has 10 points (2-8-10) over his last 10 games.
  • The Canucks enter tonight's game 5th in the NHL in faceoff win percentage (52.0%).
  • Vancouver ranks fifth in the League for blocked shots (467).
  • The Canucks have the League's third best win % (.818) when they score first.

LAST MEETING - JAN. 23/18: VAN 2 vs CAR 5

Josh Leivo tied it 1-1 with a redirection at 2:57 of the second...Sven Baertschi finished a three-way passing play with Boeser and Pettersson at 5:14 to put Vancouver ahead 2-1 in the second...Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves.

LAST GAME - DEC. 10/19: VAN 1 vs TOR 4

Josh Leivo scored the Canucks lone goal of the night...Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson each collected an assist...Brock Boeser led the team in shots (8)...Jacob Markstrom faced 26 shots.

POWERED UP

  • Bo Horvat ranks tied for 8th in the NHL for PPG (6).
  • Elias Pettersson ranks t-3rd for PPP (17).
  • Vancouver shares the lead League with 31 power play goals this season.
  • The Canucks ranks 4th in power play percentage (26.7).

THE ROOKIE

With his 25th career point in his 31st game, Quinn Hughes became the 8th quickest rookie defenceman to reach 25 points over the last 40 NHL seasons. Larry Murphy set the record in 21 games.

RELYING ON HIS STRENGTHS

On Nov. 30/19 at EDM, Tanner Pearson became the 7th player in Canucks history to record at least one shorthanded point, one power play point and multiple even strength points in a single road game.

THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM

Canucks rookie defenseman Quinn Hughes collected his third three-assist game of 2019-20 on Nov. 27/19 at PIT. Hughes became the first rookie defenceman in Canucks history to record three games with three assists in a single season (also 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

JT Miller, who leads the Canucks with 13 goals in 2019-20 (13-18-31), has collected at least one point in each of 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

On Nov. 16/19 vs COL, Bo Horvat registered 26 wins in the face-off circle, tying for second most a Canuck has won in a single regular season game (Mark Messier had 26 on Mar. 2/98 vs LA). The Canucks record stands at 28, which was also established by Messier on Jan. 8/99 vs FLA. Travis Green holds the League record with 33 wins, which took place on Nov. 8/97 vs CHI.

In 2019.20, Horvat ranks 2nd in the NHL in face-off wins (386), 1st in even strength face-off wins (280) and power play face-off wins (84).

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 90th career point on Nov. 14/19 vs DAL, becoming the second quickest Canuck to achieve the feat, doing so in his 91st career game. Pavel Bure is the quickest Canuck to reach 90 career points, achieving the feat in 86 games.

Pettersson now sits at 99 points through 102 games. The quickest a Canuck has reached 100 points was 96 games, achieved by Pavel Bure. The second quickest is Ivan Hlinka who did so in 109 games.

WITH THE ADVANTAGE

On Nov. 21/19 at NSH, Vancouver scored five power-play goals in a game for the first time since Nov. 6, 2011 (6-2 W at CHI); the franchise record for most in a game is six, a mark set Oct. 7, 1983 (10-9 W vs. MNS) and matched March 1, 1992 (11-0 W vs. CGY).

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