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Game Notes: Canucks vs. Blackhawks

...Canucks kick-off 2020 on a five-game winning streak

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver faces off against Chicago once more this season (Feb. 12 at Rogers Arena). The Canucks lost the first outing 5-2 on Nov. 7. Tonight's game is presented by Crown Royal.

  • Vancouver is 6-2-2 in their last 10 games vs Chicago (3-1-1 in their last 5 meetings).
  • The Canucks current five-game win streak is the longest since Dec. 28/16-Jan. 4/17 (six straight wins).

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

The Canucks held an optional morning skate Thursday, following a full team skate Wednesday. Bo Horvat took part and is excited for the challenge at hand tonight. The Blackhawks come in having won three straight and four out of five games, and they beat the Canucks in Chicago earlier this season.

Video: PREGAME | Horvat vs. Blackhawks

QUICK NUMBERS

  • Brock Boeser has 14 points (3-11-14) in his last 13 games, and is on a 5-game point streak (1-5-6).
  • Tanner Pearson has 15 points (6-9-15) over his last 15 games.
  • Jake Virtanen has 14 points (6-8-14) in his last 15 games.
  • Bo Horvat has 11 points (2-9-11) over his last 15 games.
  • Quinn Hughes has 10 points (1-9-10) in his last 15 games and is 3rd among rookies with 28 points (3-25-28).

LAST GAME vs FLAMES - Nov. 7/19: VAN 2 vs CHI 5

JT Miller got the Canucks on the board at 1:02 in the second period on the power play...Jake Virtanen netted the Canucks second goal...Bo Horvat won 16 face offs...Jacob Markstrom faced 35 shots.

LAST GAME - DEC. 29/19: VAN 5 at CGY 2

The Canucks extended their winning streak to 5 games...Tyler Myers and Tanner Pearson tied career highs for most goals in a game (2) and shared the lead in scoring in the game with three points each (2-1-3)...Jake Virtanen notched the game-winning goal on the power play...Thatcher Demko faced 25 shots.

Video: Myers, Pearson help Canucks win fifth straight game

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. The second-year forward, who won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year last season, leads the Canucks in goals with 18 and points with 41.

Quinn Hughes is among 31 players on the ballot in the 2020 NHL All-Star Last Men In program. The player with the most votes from each of the four divisions will be added to the All-Star Game rosters that were announced Monday. Voting for the Last Men In opens Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 12 p.m. ET and closes Friday, Jan. 10, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Fans can vote at NHL.com/Vote or on a mobile interactive ballot on the NHL app.

ACTION-ORIENTED

Turning away 49 shots Saturday night versus LA, Jacob Markstrom set a new career high, recorded his 100th career win and tied the 2nd highest save total in franchise history (Richard Brodeur - 51, Roberto Luongo - 49). In his last six games facing 40+ shots, Markstrom has a 6-0-0 record, 2.10 GAA, .950 sv% and one shutout.

POWERED UP

  • J.T. Miller ranks tied for t-7th in the NHL for PPG (7). Bo Horavt and Elias Pettersson each have six, ranked t-18th.
  • Elias Pettersson ranks t-10th for PPP (17).
  • Vancouver ranks tied for 1st in the League with 39 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 (496), even strength face-off wins (369) and and 1st in power play face-off wins (104). 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.

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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