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Game Notes: Canucks @ Oilers

...Vancouver ends a six-game road trip in Edmonton

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks play their sixth of a six game road trip. Vancouver then returns home to face off against Edmonton on Dec. 1. Tonight's game is presented by Toyota Pacific.

  • The Canucks and Oilers play their second of four games this season tonight. They face off in Vancouver on Dec. 1 and conclude the series on Dec. 23, also at home.
  • Vancouver is 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs EDM (2-2-1 in the last 5).

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

Coach Green didn't reveal much about his line-up for Saturday night, only saying Jacob Markstrom starts in goal. Marky was scheduled to start against the Penguins last Wednesday, but was not feeling well and Thatcher Demko got the start. Markstrom is feeling better and is scheduled to start again.

Tonight's game is the first of back-to-backs for the Canucks against the Oilers; Vancouver returns home post-game tonight, with Edmonton coming to town Sunday. The Canucks trail the Oilers by seven points for top spot in the division, so this four-point weekend is a big one. Quinn Hughes acknowledged that as he prepares for the likes of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

Video: PREGAME | Hughes at Oilers

NEED TO KNOW BASIS

  • Brock Boeser has also collected 10 points (3-7-10) in the last 13 games.
  • Tanner Pearson has scored 7 points (3-4-7) in the last 8 games.
  • Elias Pettersson enters play tonight with 25 points (7-18-25) in his last 19 games. He is t-2nd in the League for most PPP (16).
  • JT Miller has 18 points (8-10-18) over his past 18 games. He is on a 4-game scoring streak.
  • Quinn Hughes is 2nd among rookies with 21 points (2-19-21).
  • Bo Horvat has 6 points (2-4-6) over his last 7 games.
  • The Canucks enter tonight's game 4th in the NHL in faceoff win percentage (52.4%).
  • Vancouver leads the League with 28 power play goals.

LAST MEETING - Oct. 2/19 VAN 2 at EDM 3

Alex Edler collected the Canucks first goal of the season, tying the game at 1-1 at 11:58 of the second period...Tanner Pearson gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead at 9:41 in the third...Jordie Benn, J.T. Miller (0-1-1), Tyler Myers (0-1-1) and Micheal Ferland made their Canucks debut...Chris Tanev led the team in blocked shots (4)...Jacob Markstrom faced 22 shots.

LAST GAME - Nov. 27/19 VAN 6 at PIT 8

JT Miller got the Canucks on the board at 16:42 in the first, cutting the Penguins lead in half...Vancouver scored three goals in the second (Pettersson, Virtanen, Gaudette) to take a 4-2 lead...Miller and Gaudette (tied career high) each notched their second goals of the game in the third period...Quinn Hughes collected three assists for the third time this season (a Canucks rookie d-man record)...Alex Edler tied a Canucks season high for hits (8)...Thatcher Demko faced 40 shots (career high).

THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM

Canucks rookie defenseman Quinn Hughes collected his third three-assist game of 2019-20 on Nov. 27/19 at PIT. Hughes became the first rookie defenceman in Canucks history to record three games with three assists in a single season (also 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).

BENN THERE, DONE THAT

Jordie Benn enters tonight's game having played 499 career games. Over the course of his career he has collected 113 points (22-91- 113) with Dallas, Montreal and Vancouver. Only 72 active and three active undrafted defenceman have reached 500 games played.

COMEBACK KIDS

Vancouver was one of eight teams on Saturday Nov. 23 to produce a comeback win. Vancouver is tied for fourth in the league for most wins (6) when their opponent scores first.

STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT

With a goal on Nov. 25/19 at PHI, JT Miller became the 14th player in franchise history to produce 24 or more points in his first 25 games since joining the Canucks (NHL debut or otherwise).

THE 400 MARK

Bo Horvat appeared in his 400th career game Nov. 21/19 at NSH, registering 1-1-2. Only six players from the 2013 NHL Draft class have played 400 or more games. He ranks tied for fifth in his draft class in scoring (106-136-242). Since the 2013.14 season, Bo Horvat has won 4078 face-offs, ranking 19th in the League.

FACING OFF

On Nov. 16/19 vs COL, Bo Horvat registered 26 wins in the face-off circle, tying for second most a Canuck has won in a single regular season game (Mark Messier had 26 on Mar. 2/98 vs LA). The Canucks record stands at 28, which was also established by Messier on Jan. 8/99 vs FLA. Travis Green holds the League record with 33 wins, which took place on Nov. 8/97 vs CHI.

In 2019.20, Horvat ranks 1st in the NHL in face-off wins (331), even strength face-off wins (238) and power play face-off wins (77). Jay Beagle ranks tied for second in the League for shorthanded face-off wins (46).

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 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.

Pettersson now sits at 97 points through 97 games. The quickest a Canuck has reached 100 points was 96 games, achieved by Pavel Bure.

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).

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).

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