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Game Notes: Canucks @ Avalanche

...Canucks and Avalanche play their second of three games this season

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks face off against the Colorado Avalanche for their second of three match ups this season. The Canucks visit Pepsi Center again on Feb. 27. Vancouver is 3-1-1 in their last five games versus the Avalanche (7-2-1 in their last 10 meetings).

Tonight marks the first of four-game road trip that also sees visits to Philadelphia (Feb. 4), Washington (Feb. 5), and Chicago (Feb. 7)

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

Nikolay Goldobin will return to the line-up tonight in Colorado after being a healthy scratch for four straight games and six of Vancouver's last nine contests. The 23-year-old Russian forward skated with Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson at morning skate Saturday. After a tough January, Goldy is excited to be hitting the ice again, potentially with a lot of firepower on his line.

Video: PREGAME | Goldobin at Avalanche

Coach Green confirmed Jacob Markstrom will start in goal tonight. Marky is 5-2-0 in seven career starts against the Avalanche.

LAST MEETING - Nov. 2/18: VAN 7 vs COL 6 (OT)

Brock Boeser gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead on a breakaway 58 seconds into the first and later scored to make it 2-1 at 5:18; Elias Pettersson assisted on both goals...Loui Eriksson scored his first of the season at 8:47 of the second to make it 3-2...Pettersson tied it 4-4 on a rebound at 17:33 of the second...Markus Granlund tied it 5-5 on a power play at 10:02 of the third...Petterson notched his second goal to tie it 6-6 at 19:24...Derrick Pouliot scored on the power play with 21.6 seconds left in OT...Jacob Markstrom made 23 saves...Nikolay Goldobin tied a career-high with 2 assists.

Video: Condensed Game: Avalanche @ Canucks

LAST GAME - 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.

THE ROOKIE

Elias 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 and notched four shots in the Pacific Division's game against the Central.

Pettersson leads all rookies in goals (23), points (45), power-play goals (6), power-play assists (7), power-play points (13), game- winning goals (7) and shooting percentage (28.0%; this also ranks first in the NHL (min. 20 GP)). He also leads Canucks skaters in goals, points, points per game (1.13), power-play goals, power-play points, game-winning goals and shooting percentage.

With his seventh GWG Jan. 2 at OTT, Pettersson established a new Canucks single-season record for most GWG scored by a rookie.

With three goals 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.

With his performance on Jan. 2, 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).

Pettersson tied Lars Molin for the second longest rookie point streak in franchise history, going 4-9-13 from Dec. 6-16.

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.

SWEDE RECORD

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 (1750). 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 also currently leads the NHL in blocks per game (2.9; min. 10 GP). He has led the team in TOI in 23 of 36 GP and has led both team in TOI in 14 of 36 GP.

FACE THE FACTS

Bo Horvat ranks first in the NHL in face-off wins (666), first in even-strength face-off wins (549) and first in face-offs taken (1258). He also ranks ninth in PP face-off wins (84).

Horvat ranks second on the team in goals (18), power play goals (5), points (41), power play points (11) and face-off win percentage (52.9%; min. 10 GP) and first in assists (23), shots (149) and TOI (among forwards; 20:50).

THE GOING RATE

  • Derrick Pouliot has two points (0-2-2) over the past five games
  • Brock Boeser has six points (2-4-6) over the past five games
  • Josh Leivo has two points (1-1-2) over the past three games
  • Loui Eriksson has four points (2-2-4) over the past five games
  • Alex Edler has six points (2-4-6) over the past 11 games
  • Antoine Roussel has two points (1-1-2) over the past six games
  • Ben Hutton has three points (1-2-3) over the past six games
  • Elias Pettersson has nine points (6-3-9) over the past seven games
  • Sven Baertschi has four points (4-0-4) over the past six games
  • Troy Stecher has three points (0-3-3) over the past six games
  • Bo Horvat has five points (1-4-5) over the past five games
  • Markus Granlund has three points (2-1-3) over the past five games
  • Jay Beagle has three points (1-2-3) over the past five games
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