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Game Notes: Canucks vs. Kings

...Vancouver looks for its fourth straight victory

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks play host to the Los Angeles Kings in the first of back-to-back games for Vancouver. Tonight's game is presented by Wolfblass Wines.

  • The Canucks and Kings play their third of four games this season tonight. Vancouver has gone 2-0-0 vs LA in the season series to date.
  • Vancouver is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs Los Angeles (4-0-1 in their last 5 meetings).

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

The Canucks held a full skate Saturday morning, with only Sutter, Ferland and Leivo not taking part. The Canucks will ice the same line-up they did Monday night in a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers, which Pettersson called one of Vancouver's best games of the season.

Tweet from @Canucks: ���That was one of our best games of the season, we skated hard and everybody was involved against Edmonton. We need to build off that game even though it was before the break. That was a fun game.��� - @_EPettersson pic.twitter.com/Hrq6s1VYmC

NEED TO KNOW BASIS

  • J.T. Miller enters tonight's game on a 3-game scoring streak (1-3-4).
  • Chris Tanev is on a 3-game scoring streak (1-2-3).
  • Brock Boeser has 12 points (3-9-12) in his last 11 games. He is on a 3-game scoring streak (1-3-4).
  • Tanner Pearson has 12 points (4-8-12) over his last 13 games.
  • Bo Horvat has 9 points (2-7-9) over his last 13 games.
  • Adam Gaudette has 8 points (3-5-8) in his last 13 games.
  • Quinn Hughes has 9 points (1-8-9) in his last 13 games.
  • Jake Virtanen has 11 points (4-7-11) in his last 13 games.
  • Quinn Hughes is 3rd among rookies with 27 points (3-24-27).

LAST MEETING - Oct. 30/19 VAN 5 @ LA 3

Brock Boeser scored a hat trick, finishing with a 4-point game (3-1-4) including two power play goals...Elias Pettersson matched his teammate with a 4-point effort (1-3-4)...Bo Horvat scored on the power play and added an assist...Quinn Hughes tallied three assists...Vancouver recorded a season-high 49 shots...Jacob Markstrom stopped 21 of 24 shots to record the win.

Video: Boeser records hat trick in 5-3 win vs. Kings

LAST GAME - DEC. 23/19: VAN 4 vs EDM 2

Tyler Motte opened the scoring at 11:15 in the first...Bo Horvat tied the game 2-2 at 4:12 in the third...Quinn Hughes collected his first career game-winning goal...Loui Eriksson collected an empty net goal...Jacob Markstrom faced 29 shots.

WORKING OVERTIME

On Dec. 19/19 vs VGK, Chris Tanev notched his fourth career overtime goal, placing him in a tie with Alex Edler for third in franchise history for a Canucks defenceman. Sami Salo holds the record with 7, followed by Mattias Ohlund with 6.

ALL-TIME RANKING

Jacob Markstrom has played 212 of 255 career NHL games as a Vancouver Canuck and is now one win away from his 100th career. On Dec. 17/19 vs MTL he surpassed Dan Cloutier (208) for the fourth most games played in franchise history behind McLean (516), Luongo (448) and Brodeur (377). Markstrom's record over 212 GP is 88-88-26.

THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM

Canucks rookie defenseman Quinn Hughes collected his third three-assist game this season 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).

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

J.T. Miller (1-1-2) scored the game-winning goal on Dec. 21/19 vs PIT to boost his 2019-20 totals to 14-20-34 (37 GP). The 26- year-old forward has collected the second-most points among players acquired during the off-season, trailing only Rangers forward Artemi Panarin (20-24-44 in 34 GP).

J.T. Miller (13-18-31), collected at least one point in eight straight games (5-6-11) from Nov. 21-Dec. 7. The last player to record a longer point streak in his first year with Vancouver was Mark Messier in 1997-98 (5-9-14 in 10 GP).

FACING OFF

Bo Horvat ranks 1st in the NHL in face-off wins (466), even strength face-off wins (346) and power play face-off wins (98).
On Nov. 16/19 vs COL, Horvat won 26 draws in the face-off circle, tying the second highest club record in a single game (Mark Messier - Mar. 2/98 vs LA). The Canucks record stands at 28, also set by Messier on Jan. 8/99 vs FLA. Canucks Head Coach Travis Green holds the League record for faceoff wins in a single game with 33, set on Nov. 8/97 vs CHI.

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 100th career point in his 103rd game, becoming the second quickest Canuck to accomplish the feat. The quickest a Canuck has reached 100 points was 96 games, achieved by Pavel Bure. The third quickest is Ivan Hlinka who did so in 109 games.

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).

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