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Game Notes: Canucks @ Predators

...Vancouver ends the season with a two-game road trip

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks face off against the Nashville Predators tonight in their third and final meeting this season. Vancouver is 1-0-1 in the season series to date.

Vancouver is 2-1-2 in their last five games against Nashville (4-2-4 in their last 10).

Tonight marks the first of two final games this season. The Canucks conclude the regular season on Saturday in St. Louis.

The Canucks have had 36 different skaters appear in the lineup this season. This is tied for the most skaters they've had appear in the lineup over the past five seasons (36; 2016.17).

Markus Granlund is 1 game away from 300 in his career.

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

Brogan Rafferty will make his NHL debut tonight in Nashville, just a few days after signing with the Canucks. With only two games remaining this season, Coach Green wanted to get a look at Rafferty and he'll get that tonight as the 23-year-old lines up on defence. He skated opposite Ben Hutton in morning skate.

Video: PREGAME | Rafferty at Predators

Green said the Canucks have had their eye on Rafferty for a while and they're excited to see what he brings to the line-up.

Video: PREGAME | Green at Predators

LAST MEETING - DEC. 13/18: VAN 3 at NSH 4 (OT)

Jay Beagle scored on a 2-on-1 rush while shorthanded to make it 2-1 at 15:15 of the first...Brock Boeser scored with a one-time on the power-play to make it 3-2 at 15:55 of the third (his first PPG of the season)...Bo Horvat scored shorthanded to tie it 3-3 with 44 seconds remaining...Anders Nilsson made 30 saves...Elias Pettersson registered an assist to extend his point streak to five games (3-8- 11)...Derrick Pouliot played his 100th game as a Canuck.

LAST GAME - Apr. 2/19: VAN 4 vs SJS 2

Tanner Pearson scored on the Canucks first shot 1:28 into the game for a 1-0 lead; he later tied it 2-2 jamming in a loose puck at 11:18 of the third...Markus Granlund put the Canucks ahead 3-2 with 6:21 remaining...Troy Stecher scored a shorthanded empty net goal to make it 4-2...Thatcher Demko made 33 saves...Loui Eriksson and Bo Horvat each netted two assists.

Video: Pearson, Granlund propel Canucks past Sharks, 4-2

2018.19 CANUCKS TEAM AWARD WINNERS

  • Most Valuable Player and 3 Stars Award: Jacob Markstrom
  • Unsung Hero: Antoine Roussel
  • Most Exciting Player: Elias Pettersson
  • Best Defenceman: Alex Edler

FLY EAGLE FLY

Alex Edler moved into sole possession of first for most goals scored by a defenceman in franchise history on Mar. 28 vs LAK. He also leads Canucks defenceman in all-time points (366), power-play points (168), and shots (1,799). He ranks second all-time among Vancouver blueliners in assists (272) and power-play goals (45).

RACKING UP THE HITS

Since making his Canucks debut on Feb. 25, defenceman Luke Schenn has accumulated 74 hits, most in the NHL over that span. Schenn also set a Canucks 2018.19 season high for most hits in a game with 12 on Mar. 24/19 vs Columbus.

HIGH MARK

Since Dec. 6, Jacob Markstrom has posted a record of 20-13-6. This includes a .921 SV%, 1,215 shots against and 1,119 saves. Markstrom ranks tied for 10th in the League in wins (28), and fifth in shots against (1,863) and total saves (1,700). His .920 save percentage since Feb. 1 ranks tied for sixth in the League (min. 20 GP).

THE ROOKIE

Elias Petterson set a new franchise record for most points in a rookie season (61) with an assist on Mar. 18 at CHI, moving him past Pavel Bure and Ivan Hlinka. He now sits at 65 points.

Pettersson not only leads his team but all rookies in goals (27), points (65), assists (38), power-play goals (9), power-play points (21), game-winning goals (7), and points per game (0.94).

Pettersson is currently eighth for most points scored by a Swedish-born player in their rookie season all-time.

Pettersson currently is currently having the third most productive season by a Swedish-born player 20 years of age or younger (trailing Nicklas Backstrom and Filip Forsberg)

Pettersson was named to Team Pacific Division for the 2019 NHL All-Star Game. He became the youngest Canucks player and just the third Canucks rookie named to the honour. He participated in the Fastest Skater and Puck Control Relay.

With his seventh GWG Jan. 2 at OTT, Pettersson established a new Canucks single-season record for most GWG scored by a rookie.

With a hat trick on Jan. 2 at OTT, Pettersson became just the fourth active player to accumulate 40 or more career points within his first 40 NHL games. He also became the first rookie in Canucks franchise history to score a hat trick that included an OTG. He is the eighth Canucks rookie to net a hat trick.

Pettersson, who led all rookies with seven goals and 10 points in eight games (7-3-10) in October, was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for October. He was named the NHL's second star of the week ending November 4th (sharing the League lead with four goals and ranked third overall with seven points in three games) and was named first star of the week ending December 9th (after leading the NHL with eight points (2-6-8) in three games).

With five points (1-4-5) on Dec. 9 at STL, Pettersson became the sixth rookie since 1967-68 to record multiple outings with at least five points in a single season. He also registered five points (2-3-5) on Nov. 2 vs COL.

FACE THE FACTS

Bo Horvat ranks first in the NHL in face-off wins (1,060), first in even-strength face-off wins (867) and first in face-offs taken (1,967). He also ranks seventh in PP face-off wins (144).

Horvat ranks tied for first on the team in goals (27), first in shots (222) and TOI (among forwards; 20:51) and second in power play goals (7), points (61), assists (34), power play points (18), face-off win percentage (53.8%).

Horvat has also set a new career high for most points (59) in a season.

THE GOING RATE

  • Brock Boeser has 12 points (5-7-12) over the past 14 games (1-1-2 over the last three games)
  • Josh Leivo has two points (1-1-2) over the past four games
  • Alex Edler has nine points (3-6-9) over the past eight games
  • Elias Pettersson has nine points (1-8-9) over the past 13 games
  • Troy Stecher has three points (1-2-3) over the past four games
  • Bo Horvat has 11 points (4-7-11) over the past 12 games
  • Alex Biega has two points (0-2-2) over the past two games
  • Tim Schaller has three points (1-2-3) over the past four games
  • Tanner Pearson has six points (5-1-6) over the past seven games
  • Jay Beagle has four points (0-4-4) over the past nine games
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