CANUCKS VS WILD PREVIEW: (TV: Sportsnet Pacific; Radio: Sportsnet 650)
The Vancouver Canucks face off against the Minnesota Wild for their third and final meeting this season (2-0-0).
This is also the fifth of a five-game home stand.
To date, Vancouver is 13-18-5 against teams from the Western Conference (7-6-4 versus teams from the Central Division).
LAST MEETING - JAN. 14/18: VAN 3 at MIN 2 (OT)
Loui Eriksson tied the game at 16:57 of the first period and later added an assist on the game-winner...Thomas Vanek tied the game with 3:12 remaining in the third...Brandon Sutter scored 2:50 into OT; it was his first game back after missing 21 due to injury...Alex Edler notched two assists...Henrik Sedin, Sam Gagner and Chris Tanev also netted a helper each...Jacob Markstrom made 21 saves.
VS WILD TIDBITS:
• Henrik Sedin leads the Canucks in career points vs MIN (13-57-70 in 85 GP).
• Daniel Sedin has 65 points (22-43-65) in 81 career games versus the Wild.
• Jacob Markstrom is 1-1-0 along with a .887 save percentage and 2.94 GAA in 3 career games versus the Wild.
• Anders Nilsson is 1-2-0 along with a .875 save percentage and 3.01 GAA in 3 career games versus MIN.
• Reid Boucher has 4 goals in 3 career games versus MIN (his highest goal total versus a single opponent).
• Alex Edler has 22 points (4-18-22) in 43 career games versus MIN.
• Brandon Sutter is a point/game in his career versus MIN (11-4-15 in 15 GP).
LAST GAME: MAR. 7/18: VAN 1 vs ARI 2
Jussi Jokinen scored his first as a Canuck to tie it 1-1 on a delayed penalty with 16 seconds left in the first period...Brendan Leipsic and Sam Gagner drew an assist on the play...Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves...Jake Virtanen and Troy Stecher each registered 6 hits while Michael Del Zotto and Tyler Motte had 5 apiece.
THE GOING RATE:
• Derrick Pouliot has 5 assists/points over the past 9 games.
• Daniel Sedin has 14 points (8-6-14) over the past 12 games.
• Henrik Sedin has 11 assists over the past 18 games (7 assists over the past 10 games).
• Bo Horvat has collected 16 points (8-8-16) over the past 20 games (5 points over the past 4 games).
• Brendan Leipsic has 6 points (2-4-6) over the past 4 games as a Canuck.
• Darren Archibald has 5 points (3-2-5) over the past 12 games.
• Jake Virtanen has 2 points (1-1-2) over the past 2 games.
• Brandon Sutter has 4 points (2-2-4) over the past 8 games.
• Alex Edler has 8 assists over the past 14 games.
PLAYER QUICK HITS:
• Alex Edler collected his 326th career point on Mar. 2/18 vs NSH to become the leading scorer among defencemen in franchise history, surpassing Mattias Ohlund. He ranks 23rd among active NHL defencemen in career scoring.
• Daniel Sedin notched his 20th goal of the season on Feb. 28. He has now surpassed Markus Naslund for the most 20+ goal seasons in franchise history (Daniel has done it 11 times). According to Elias Sports Bureau, Daniel ranks tied for 5th among active players for most 20+ goal seasons, behind Hossa (15), Marleau (15), Ovechkin (13) and Nash (12).
• Daniel Sedin collected his 136th career PPG on Feb. 25/18 at ARI, moving him into sole of possession of second for most career PPG among Swedish-born players in NHL history. Mats Sundin leads the way with 160 career PPG. Now with 137 PPG, Daniel ranks t-69th all-time for most PPG.
• Daniel Sedin collected his 85th career GWG on Feb. 25/18 at ARI to move into a tie for 26th all-time in NHL history (with Glenn Anderson and Marian Hossa). He is one GWG away from tying Joe Sakic and Pierre Turgeon for 24th most in history. According to Sportsnet Stats, 21.8% of Daniel Sedin's career goals have been been GWG. That is the 2nd highest percentage in NHL history among players with 250 career goals.
• Daniel Sedin has registered 13 goals since Jan. 7; it is tied for the 11th most in the League since that time.
• Henrik Sedin appeared in his 1,300th NHL game Feb. 3/18 vs TBL. He became just the 62nd player all-time and third Swedish born player in League history to achieve the feat. He now sits 60th all-time with 1,313 games played and is one game away from tying Bobby Holik in 59th.
• Brock Boeser ranks t-13th in the NHL goal-scoring race and leads all rookies with 29 goals. Boeser also leads all rookies in PPG (10), PPP (23) and shots (179).
• Boeser has scored 29 of the Canucks 181 goals this season which is the 6th highest percentage of team goals scored this season.
• Boeser notched his 30th career goal (26th this season) on Feb. 18/18 at TBL to become just the 3rd Canucks skater to reach 30 goals with rookie status, joining Pavel Bure and Trevor Linden.