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Game Notes: Canucks @ Wild

...Vancouver plays its second of back-to-back games

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver faces off against Minnesota for the first time of the season. The teams will meet again twice in February. Today's game is presented by Toyota Pacific.

QUICK NUMBERS

  • J.T. Miller has 11 points (3-8-11) in his last 10 games.
  • Brock Boeser has 19 points (6-13-19) in his last 18 games.
  • Tanner Pearson has 21 points (7-14-21) over his last 20 games.
  • Jake Virtanen has 16 points (7-9-16) in his last 20 games.
  • Bo Horvat has 20 points (5-15-20) over his last 21 games.
  • Quinn Hughes has 13 points (2-11-13) in his last 20 games and is 3rd among rookies with 30 points (4-26-30) (through Jan. 10/20).

LAST GAME AGAINST MIN - DEC. 4/18: VAN 2 vs MIN 3

Josh Leivo scored on his first shot to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead at 7:02 of the first period...Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser drew an assist on the play...Tyler Motte scored on a rebound in the left circle to make it 2-1 at 9:56 of the second...Tim Schaller and Troy Stecher netted assists on the play...Anders Nilsson made 25 saves...Jay Beagle registered two shots and two hits in his return to the lineup after missing 24 games due to injury.

LAST GAME PLAYED - JAN. 11/20: VAN 6 at BUF 3

Brock Boeser scored two goals including the GWG...J.T. Miller, Jake Virtanen, Bo Horvat and Loui Eriksson each scored a goal...12 players on the Canucks roster recorded at least one point...Canucks tallied 4 goals in the third period...Tyler Myers led the Canucks in ice time (23:55)...Jacob Markstrom made 25 saves.

Video: Boeser, big third period lead Canucks by Sabres

SEEING STARS

Quinn Hughes was added into all-star weekend through the 2020 NHL All-Star Last Men In online voting program.

Video: Quinn Hughes Added to 2020 NHL All-Star Game

Hughes, 20, becomes the 11th Canucks defenceman to be named to an All-Star Game roster, and first since Alex Edler in 2012. He ranks third among rookies in scoring with 31 points (4-27-31) in 44 games in 2019.20. Hughes leads Canucks defencemen in scoring, power play points (3-13-16) and ranks third among Canucks blueliners in average time on ice per game (21:22).

Quinn joins teammates Elias Pettersson, who is making his second NHL All-Star Game appearance, and Jacob Markstrom.

Hughes, Pettersson and Markstrom will represent Team Pacific at the NHL All-Star Game, to be played in St. Louis on Saturday, January 25.

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

From Dec. 19/19 to Jan. 4/20, the Canucks posted a seven game win streak. It marked just the seventh time the Canucks have posted a 7-game winning streak, tying for third longest in club history. Vancouver has posted longer runs on only two occasions: 10-0-0 (Nov. 9-30/02) and 8-0-0 (Dec. 23-Jan. 7/11).

During the Canucks most recent win streak, 16 different skaters registered a point or more. Elias Pettersson (5-4-9), Tanner Pearson (4-5-9), Bo Horvat (3-6-9) and JT Miller (2-7-9) led the way for the Canucks with nine points each.

THE CENTURY MARK

Tanner Pearson is one goal away from collecting his 100th career goal. Only three players from his 2012 draft class have accomplished the feat to date: Forsberg, Galchenyuk and Hertl.

POWERED UP

  • J.T. Miller ranks tied for t-13th in the NHL for PPG (7). Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson each have six, ranked t-25nd (through Jan.10/20).
  • Elias Pettersson is tied for t-10th in PPP (18) (through Jan.10/20).
  • Vancouver is tied for 2nd in the League with 40 power play goals this season (through Jan.10/20).

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 by a Canucks defenceman. Sami Salo holds the record with 7, followed by Mattias Ohlund with 6.

THIRD TIME'S A 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 accomplish the feat in a single season (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) recorded a goal and an assist on Jan. 11/20 at BUF to boost his 2019-20 totals to 16-26-42 (45 GP).

J.T. Miller (16-26-42), 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 2nd in the NHL in face-off wins (547), and first in power play faceoff wins (117). He is also tied for first in even strength face-off wins (407) (through Jan.10/20).

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, 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.

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