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Game Notes: Canucks vs. Avalanche

...Canucks end a four-game homestand

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks play their fourth of a four game home stand before heading on the road for a 6-game trip. Tonight's game is presented by Air Canada.

The Canucks and Avalanche face off three times this season. The other two games will be played on Mar. 6 (home) and Mar. 13(road). Vancouver is 6-2-2 in their last 10 games vs Colorado (2-1-2 in the last 5).

NEED TO KNOW BASIS

  • Elias Pettersson enters play tonight with 18 points (4-14-18) in his last 13 games.
  • JT Miller has 11 points (4-7-11) over his past 12 games.
  • Bo Horvat is tied for the League lead in faceoff wins (235) this season.
  • Quinn Hughes is second among rookie defensemen with 12 points (2-10-12)
  • Jake Virtanen is tied for 4th in the league for most GWG (3) this season.
  • The Canucks enter tonight's game leading the NHL in faceoff win percentage (54%).
  • Thatcher Demko has the League's fifth best GAA (2.13) and is tied for the third best save percentage (.931).

LAST MEETING - Feb. 27/19: VAN 2 vs COL 3 (SO)

Antoine Roussel notched the tying goal to make it 1-1 at 9:13 of the first...Josh Leivo tied the game 2-2 with his 12th goal of the season at 16:58 of the third...Alex Biega tied a career-high with two assists...Ryan Spooner and Brock Boeser each picked up an assist...Jacob Markstrom made 43 saves.

LAST GAME - Nov. 14/19 VAN 2 vs DAL 4

Jake Virtanen got the Canucks on the board at 5:21 in the second period...Troy Stecher tied the game at 2-2 at 11:30 in the second period...Elias Pettersson collected his 90th career point, becoming the second fastest Canuck to accomplish the feat (91 games)...Alex Edler led the team in hits (5)...Jacob Markstrom faced 29 shots.

PRODUCTION FROM PETTERSSON

With three assists on Oct. 28/19, Elias Pettersson improved his career totals to 31-49-80 in 82 GP. Only Pavel Bure required fewer games to reach 80 points as a Canuck (49-31-80 in 80 GP).

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.

He also has the highest points per game by a Canucks player up to his 21st birthday (min. 60 GP) at 0.99. Pavel Bure ranked second at 0.90.

IN THE CREASE

Jacob Markstrom enters tonight's game having played 199 games as a Vancouver Canuck. During his tenure with the team he has posted a record of 81-82-26. He ranks fifth in franchise history for wins and games played.

THE 700 CLUB

On Nov. 8/19 at WPG, Brandon Sutter appeared in his 700th career game, becoming the 105th active player to reach this feat. He also became the ninth player from the 2007 Draft class to reach 700 games and sixth member of the Sutter family to reach 700 or more games.

SEEING STARS

Elias Pettersson was named first star of the week (week ending Nov. 3). He collected three assists in a 7-2 victory over the Florida Panthers Oct. 28. He then registered 1-3-4, his third career four-point performance, in a 5-3 triumph vs LA Oct. 30. He added a pair of goals in a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks Nov. 2. The 20-year-old Sundsvall, Sweden, native ranks 6th in the NHL with 20 points.

HIGH FIVE

Vancouver scored five-plus goals in four consecutive games (Oct. 22-30) - the 2nd time in 20 years. The last time the Canucks accomplished the feat was March 6-24/2000. An 8-game streak marks the club record when scoring five or more from Feb. 27-Mar. 21/1983 .

The team recorded five third-period goals (Oct. 22/19 at DET) for the sixth time in franchise history and first since Apr. 15/93 at LA. The franchise record for team goals in any period is six, accomplished on two occasions: Jan. 21/06 vs MTL and Jan. 16/87 vs CGY.

POWER PLAY PRODUCTION

The Canucks were powered by four power play goals in a 5-3 win over the Kings at the Staples Center on Oct. 30th, led by two goals on the man advantage from Brock Boeser. It marks the first time since Jan. 7th, 2012 that the team has scored four power play goals.

BOESER NETS THIRD CAREER HAT TRICK

Brock Boeser scored the third hat trick of his career on Oct. 30/19 in Los Angeles. With an added assist (3-1-4), Boeser recorded a four-point game for the fourth time in his NHL career. He is the fifth player in franchise history to have three or more three-goal games before the age of 23 (behind Pavel Bure - 5, Tony Tanti - 4).

YOUNG GUN

Quinn Hughes (19 years, 360 days) notched his first NHL goal Oct. 9 vs LA and became the youngest Canucks defenceman to find the back of the net since J.J Daigneault (19 years, 176 days) did so on April 6, 1985 at Los Angeles.

LIGHT THE LAMP

The Canucks tied a club record for goals in a home opener with 8 on Oct. 9/19 vs LA (the two previous times were Oct. 8/87 vs STL and Oct. 11/78 vs CLR). According to NHL PR, just three other teams in the last 10 years have scored eight or more goals in their home opener: Chicago (10; Oct. 5/17 vs PIT), Philadelphia (8; Oct. 14/17 vs WSH) and Toronto (8; Oct. 7/17 vs NYR). The last time the Canucks scored 8 goals in a game was Nov. 8/18 vs Boston, which ended in an 8-5 Canucks win.

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