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Game Notes: Canucks @ Wild

...Canucks end a five-game road trip against the Wild

by Canucks Communications @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver faces off against Minnesota for the second time this season. The third and final matchup will take place on Feb. 19/20 in VAN. Tonight's game is presented by Toyota Pacific.

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

The Canucks held an optional skate Thursday, with 12 players, Markstrom and Demko taking part. Coach Green said Markstrom will start in goal, but he would not show his line-up cards, telling the media to "wait and see" if he makes changes.

Chris Tanev will be in the line-up playing in his 500th NHL game. The 30-year-old has been with the Canucks for 10 seasons and while he's proud of the accomplishment, he wishes it would have happened a little sooner. With how hard Tanev plays, suiting up for a full 82-game season has yet to be a reality.

Video: PREGAME | Tanev at Wild 02.06.20

QUICK NUMBERS

  • J.T. Miller has 22 points (7-15-22) in his last 19 games.
  • Brock Boeser has 21 points (6-15-21) in his last 27 games.
  • Tanner Pearson has 27 points (10-17-27) over his last 29 games.
  • Bo Horvat has 26 points (9-17-26) over his last 30 games.
  • Jake Virtanen has 22 points (9-13-22) in his last 29 games.
  • Quinn Hughes has 21 points (6-15-21) in his last 29 games and is 1st among rookies with 39 points (8-31-39).

LAST GAME AGAINST MIN - JAN. 12/19: VAN 4 at MIN 1

Elias Pettersson opened scoring at 9:20 in the second period on the powerplay...Bo Horvat scored two goals including the GWG...J.T. Miller made two assists...Canucks tallied 3 goals in the second period...Quinn Hughes led the Canucks in ice time (23:40)...Alex Edler led the team in blocked shots (4)...Jacob Markstrom made 23 saves.

Video: Horvat scores twice as Canucks defeat Wild

LAST GAME PLAYED - FEB. 4/20: VAN 0 at BOS 4

Tyler Myers led the team in shots (5) and TOI (21:48)...Jake Virtanen and Tanner Pearson both recorded 4 hits...Chris Tanev and Troy Stetcher led the team in blocked shots (3)...Bo Horvat won 12 face-offs...Jacob Markstrom made 38 saves.

HOME SWEET HOME

From Dec. 19/19 to Jan. 27/20, the Canucks are 9-0-0 in their last nine games at Rogers Arena, the longest active home-ice win streak in the NHL. Vancouver has posted longer home-ice win streaks only once with an 11 game streak (Feb.3-Mar. 19/09).

PRODUCTION FROM PETTERSSON

• Elias Petterson recorded his 50th career goal on Feb. 2/20 at CAR, becoming the seventh Swedish-born player in NHL history to reach 50 career regular-season goals in 124 games or fewer. Among players to debut with the Canucks, only two others required 124 games or fewer to score their first 50 career regular season goals: Pavel Bure (82 GP) and Brock Boeser (110 GP).

• 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.

SEEING STARS

Quinn Hughes, Elias Pettersson, Jacob Markstrom and their Pacific Division teammates defeated the Atlantic Division 5-4 in the final NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis on Jan. 25/20.

In his second All-Star appearance, Pettersson scored two goals in the final game helping lead his team to the win.

Quinn Hughes became the second rookie defenseman to score a goal in an NHL All-Star Game. Denis Potvin tallied once for Team All-Stars East in the 27th All-Star Game in 1974. Hughes was the fourth rookie defenseman to skate in the All-Star Games in the past 33 years.

With Hughes participation in All-Star Weekend, the Canucks have become the first NHL team in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to have a rookie in three consecutive NHL All-Star Games.

Video: ALL STAR | Behind the Scenes With Canucks Players

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 collected his 100th career goal on Jan. 16/20 vs ARI. Only three players from his 2012 draft class have accomplished the feat to date: Forsberg, Galchenyuk and Hertl.

POWERED UP

  • Bo Horvat, J.T. Miller and Elias Pettersson rank tied for t-20th in the NHL for PPG (7).
  • Elias Pettersson is tied for t-10th in PPP (20).
  • Vancouver is ranked 3rd in the League with 44 power play goals this season.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

J.T. Miller collected an assist on Feb. 2/20 at CAR to boost his 2019-20 totals to 20-33-53 (53 GP).

J.T. Miller (20-33-53), 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 (662). He is ranked first in the league in even strength face-off wins (502) and power play faceoff wins (137).

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.

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