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Game Notes: Canucks @ Red Wings

...Vancouver ends a four-game road trip looking for its third win

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver and Detroit will face for the second and final time of the 2019.20 regular season tonight. The Canucks won the first matchup by a score of 5-1 on Oct. 15 at Rogers Arena. Tonight's game is presented by Toyota.

  • The Canucks have gone 5-2-3 in the last 10 games against the Red Wings (3-1-1 in the last 5).
  • Alex Edler (1-2-3), Elias Pettersson (1-2-3) and Brock Boeser (0-3-3) each have three points in the season series to date.

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

If morning skate is any indication, the Canucks will ice the same line-up tonight in Detroit as they did Sunday in a 3-2 victory over the Rangers. Not only does that mean Jacob Markstrom starts in goal, but Jake Virtanen will skate with Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson for the second straight game. He's once again looking to take advantage of his spot in the top-six.

Video: PREGAME | Virtanen at Red Wings

J.T. Miller, Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser have been the Canucks most effective line this season and there's a big reason why: everyone knows their role. Miller explains his role in the trio, and how the chemistry is coming along.

Video: PREGAME | Miller at Red Wings

LAST MEETING - Oct. 15/19: VAN 5 vs DET 1

Troy Stecher tied the game 1-1 with a goal at 17:58 in the first...The Canucks posted 3 power play goals (Edler and Miller - 2) for the first time since Dec. 18/18...Brock Boeser tied a career high for assists in a game (0-3-3)...Alex Edler (1-2-3) and Elias Pettersson (1-2- 3), alongside Boeser, shared the team lead in points on the night...Thatcher Demko made 26 saves for his first win in his first start of 2019.20.

Video: Miller, Pettersson power Canucks to 5-1 victory

LAST GAME - Oct. 20/19: VAN 3 at NYR 2

Bo Horvat opened the scoring with his 100th career goal at 6:01 of the first on the power play...Brock Boeser gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead at 13:34 in the first...Jay Beagle collected his fourth career shorthanded goal and his first since Dec. 13/18 at NSH; it would be the eventual game-winner...Elias Pettersson led the team in points with two (0-2-2)...Jacob Markstrom faced a season high 40 shots for the win.

Video: Horvat scores 100th goal as Canucks edge Rangers, 3-2

LEANING ON THEIR STRENGTHS

On Oct. 20/19 at NYR, the Canucks scored one even strength, power play and shorthanded goal, all in the first period. This is the first time Vancouver has accomplished the feat since Mar. 21/15 at LA and the first time in a single period since Mar. 15/09 vs COL.

TAKE YOUR SHOT

The Canucks and Rangers combined for 83 shots on goal Sunday, including seven in the third period during a span of 5:29 without a stoppage. It marked the fourth game this season to feature a combined total of at least 80 shots on goal, with the most being when the Golden Knights (54) and Senators (39) recorded 93 at T-Mobile Arena on Oct. 17.

HEAD OF THE CLASS

Bo Horvat collected his 100th career goal on Oct. 20/19 at NYR to become the 4th player from the 2013 NHL Draft to score 100 or more goals. Sean Monahan, Nathan MacKinnon and Aleksander Barkov are the three that have accomplished the feat to date. 25 of Horvat's goals have come on the power play.

WITH THE ADVANTAGE

On Oct. 15/19, the Canucks netted three power play goals for the first time since Dec. 16/18 vs EDM. Over the past five seasons (prior to 2019.20), the Canucks have posted three or more power play goals in a game on nine occasions.
JT Miller notched two of the Canucks power play goals, becoming the first player to do so since Brock Boeser accomplished the feat on Jan. 23/18 vs LA. Since the 2007.08 season, only nine Canucks have scored two power play goals in a game. The club record for most power play goals in a game is three, which has been achieved four times: Todd Bertuzzi (Dec. 30/00 vs SJ), Pavel Bure (Mar. 27/94 vs LA), Dave Babych (Nov. 22/91 vs CGY) and Rick Blight (Oct. 6/76 vs PIT).

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.

YOUNG GUNS

Elias Pettersson boosted his career totals to 30-41-71 in 76 games on Oct. 15/19; among players to debut with the Canucks, he required the second-fewest contests to reach the 70-point mark (all with VAN) behind only Pavel Bure on Oct. 22/92 (73 GP). Pettersson recorded his 70th career regular-season point in eight fewer games than teammate Boeser, who reached the milestone in his 84th outing on Nov. 2/18.

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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