Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Vancouver Canucks

Game Notes: Canucks vs. Canadiens

...Canucks open a five-game homestand

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks begin a five-game homestand tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. Tonight's game is presented by Toyota Pacific.

  • The Canucks and Canadiens face off once more this season (Feb. 25 in MTL).
  • Vancouver is 2-6-2 over their last 10 games vs Montreal (0-4-1 in their last 5 meetings).

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

Jordie Benn had a larger than normal scrum Tuesday morning thanks to the Montreal media in town. Benn, the 32-year-old defenceman who signed with Vancouver this past off-season, spent two seasons (and parts of a third) with the Canadiens; he set a career-high in goals and points last season with Montreal. Questioned heavily about why he left the Canadiens, Benn said it wasn't personal, but the chance to play for your childhood team, so close to home, doesn't happen often.

Video: PREGAME | Benn vs. Canadiens

NEED TO KNOW BASIS

  • Josh Leivo has six points (5-1-6) in his last nine games and five goals in his last eight.
  • Elias Pettersson has 14 points (8-6-14) in his last 16 games.
  • Brock Boeser has 13 points (4-9-13) in his last 14 games.
  • Tanner Pearson has 15 points (6-9-15) over his last 16 games.
  • JT Miller has 11 points (5-6-11) in his last 12 games.
  • Bo Horvat has 11 points (3-8-11) over his last 13 games.
  • Quinn Hughes is 3rd among rookies with 26 points (2-24-26).
  • The Canucks enter tonight's game 2nd in the NHL in faceoff win percentage (52.2%).
  • The Canucks have scored the second most powerplay goals (32) in the NHL.
  • The Canucks have the second best win % (.833) when they score first.

LAST MEETING - Jan. 3/19: VAN 0 @ MTL 2

Jacob Markstrom made 25 saves...Elias Pettersson left the game with a lower-body injury at 5:44 of the second period...Brock Boeser had a game-high six shots...Brandon Sutter won 13 face-offs in 19:14 of ice time in his return to the lineup after missing 30 games due to injury.

LAST GAME - DEC. 15/19: VAN 3 at VGK 6

Vancouver closed out the fourth back-to-back game series of the season in Vegas falling 6-3 on Sunday night...Brock Boeser led his team in scoring with a goal and an assist...Ellias Pettersson and Jake Virtanen (PP) each scored...Jacob Markstrom turned away 34 of 39 shots, Michael DiPietro turned away 6 of 7 in relief.

POWERED UP

  • Bo Horvat ranks tied for t-9th in the NHL for PPG (6).
  • Elias Pettersson ranks 4th for PPP (17).
  • Vancouver ranks 2nd in the League with 32 power play goals this season.
  • The Canucks ranks 4th in power play percentage (25.4%).

ALL-TIME RANKING

Jacob Markstrom has played 208 of 251 career NHL games as a Vancouver Canuck. He's tied Dan Cloutier for the fourth most games played in franchise history behind McLean (516), Luongo (448) and Brodeur (377). Markstrom's record over 208 GP is 85-87-26.

THE ROOKIE

With his 25th career point in his 31st game, Quinn Hughes became the 8th quickest rookie defenceman to reach 25 points over the last 40 NHL seasons. Larry Murphy set the record in 21 games.

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

JT 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 (425), even strength face-off wins (312) and power play face-off wins (91).

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 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 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).

View More