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Game Notes: Canucks vs. Red Wings

...Vancouver looks to win its third straight game

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks close out a three-game homestand against the visiting Red Wings. Vancouver and Detroit will face off two times this season: Oct. 15 (home) and Oct. 22 (road).

The Canucks have a 64-83-18-9 all-time record vs the Red Wings. Vancouver has posted a record of 38-34-10-5 vs DET at home.

Vancouver went 1-0-1 against Detroit last season.

Elias Pettersson led the Canucks in scoring in the 2018.19 season series vs DET with three points (2-1-3).

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

Thatcher Demko will make his season debut tonight against the Red Wings. The 23-year-old San Diego product did not speak to the media Tuesday, but did following practice Monday.

Tweet from @Canucks: With Markstrom away from the team for personal reasons, Demko is in line to make his first start of the season Tuesday vs. Detroit. pic.twitter.com/hlhy4dlyFG

Coach Green confirmed Tyler Motte will play his first game this season. Motte suffered an upper-body injury in pre-season forcing him to miss the first four games of the year.

Tweet from @Canucks: "Everyone is hungry to play, but especially after sitting out a while it's exciting to hopefully be back tonight." - Tyler Motte pic.twitter.com/Gf6IRc60v8

LAST MEETING - Jan. 20/19: VAN 3 vs DET 2

Elias Pettersson gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead at 10:16 of the first with a redirection; he also added an assist in his first game back after missing five due to injury...Bo Horvat tied it 2-2 at 7:27 of the third and Antoine Roussel gave the Canucks a 3-2 lead and eventual GWG at 13:13...Brock Boeser notched two assists...Jake Virtanen had an assist...Jacob Markstrom made 35 saves.

Video: Pettersson lifts Canucks to 3-2 victory in return

LAST GAME - Oct. 12/19: VAN: 3 vs PHI 2 (SO)

Tanner Pearson netted the game-deciding goal to lift the Canucks 3-2 over the Flyers for their second win of the season...Brock Boeser got the Canucks on the board at 5:01 in the first...Pearson gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead heading into the third...Chris Tanev led Canucks skaters in scoring with two points (0-2-2) and recorded his 100th career point...Jacob Markstrom faced 32 shots.

Video: Pearson leads Canucks to shootout win against Flyers

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Zane McIntyre - recalled from Utica, Oct. 14/19

FROM THE BLUELINE

On Oct. 9/19, three Canucks defenceman (Hughes, Tanev and Edler) each notched a goal, becoming the first trio to do so since Mar. 3/04 at COL when Brent Sopel, Marik Malik and Mattias Ohlund accomplished the feat. There have now been 19 occasions in franchise history when three or more Canucks defenceman have scored a goal in a single game. There is only one instance in club history when four or more have done so, which took place on Jan. 12/02 against the Carolina Hurricanes with goals from Bryan Helmer, Ed Jovanovski, Mattias Ohlund and Scott Lachance.

GROUP MENTALITY

On Oct. 9/19 vs LA, 14 Canucks skaters were on the scoresheet, each earning at least one point in the game. The last time 14 or more Canucks skaters earned one point or more took place Dec. 22/14 against the Arizona Coyotes (7-1 win). Three Canucks players were involved in the offensive output for both of those games: Chris Tanev, Alex Edler and Bo Horvat.
According to NHL stats, the last five times the Canucks had 14 or more skaters each register at least one point in a game (prior to Oct. 9/19) took place on: Dec. 22/14 vs ARI, Jan. 24/11 vs DAL, Dec. 28/02 vs ANA, Jan. 1/01 vs NSH and Nov. 8/00 vs ANA.

CAREER GAMES

JT Miller notched four points in a game (1-3-4) for the first time in his NHL career on Oct. 9/19 vs LA. This achievement also matched a franchise record for most points in a home opener. According to NHL PR, Greg Adams (4-0-4) and Tony Tanti (0-4-4) originally established the mark over 20 years ago after combining on four of eight Vancouver goals in a win over St. Louis (Oct. 8/87). • Brandon Sutter tied career highs for most goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in a game on Oct. 9/19 vs LA.

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.

LEADING THE WAY

During a pre-game ceremony on Oct. 9, the Vancouver Canucks announced Bo Horvat as the 14th captain in team history. The leadership group also includes Alex Edler, Chris Tanev, and Brandon Sutter, who will don A's in 2019.20.

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