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Game Notes: Canucks vs. Senators

...Canucks continue their five-game homestand

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Tonight's game marks the first of two matchups between Vancouver and Ottawa this season. Tonight's game is presented by Panago.

  • The season series concludes on Feb. 27 in Ottawa. The Canucks are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games vs OTT (3-1-1 in the last 5).

INTO THE RING

  • Alex Burrows will become the seventh member of the Canucks Ring of Honour
  • He won the Canucks "Most Exciting Player" three times (2008, 2009 and 2010) and the Fred J. Hume award in 2008.

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

Antoine Roussel is back and he's fired up about it. The gritty forward suffered a season-ending knee injury on March 13th and has yet to play this season. Roussel underwent ACL surgery following the injury and has spent the last seven months preparing to return to the ice. He's close friends with Alex Burrows, making his return tonight even more special.

Tweet from @Canucks: No more talking timelines, @Rous_ant is back! Nobody has ever been this excited to talk to the media 🤣🦋🦋 pic.twitter.com/QPwHpYGF7K

Coach Green said Virtanen, who didn't take part in morning skate, is a game-time decision tonight.

NEED TO KNOW BASIS

  • Brock Boeser has also collected 6 points (3-3-6) in the last 8 games.
  • Tanner Pearson has scored 11 points (5-6-11) in the last 10 games.
  • Elias Pettersson enters play tonight with 10 points (5-5-10) in his last 10 games. He is t-3rd in the League for most PPP (16).
  • JT Miller has 15 points (6-9-15) over his past 15 games. He is on a 6-game scoring streak.
  • Quinn Hughes is 2nd among rookies with 23 points (2-21-23).
  • Bo Horvat has 9 points (2-7-9) over his last 7 games. He is on a 4-game point streak.
  • The Canucks enter tonight's game 4th in the NHL in faceoff win percentage (52.0%).
  • Vancouver leads the League with 29 power play goals.

LAST MEETING - Mar. 20/19: VAN 7 vs OTT 4

Horvat scored on a power-play deflection to make it 1-0 at 14:06 of the first...Pearson scored 32 seconds into the second to make it 2- 0...Virtanen made it 3-0 at 5:56 with a wrist shot on a two on one...Boeser scored on the power-play to make it 4-0 at 17:00 to extend his point streak to a career-high eight games...Pearson converted a backdoor pass 57 seconds into the third to make it 5-0...Horvat scored his second goal on a deflection at 18:53 to give the Canucks a 6-4 lead...Eriksson scored on an empty-netter with 40 seconds left to make it 7-4 (also added three assists)...Edler notched three assists and Pettersson notched two assists...Markstrom made 21 saves.

Video: Canucks fend off late rally from Senators in 7-4 win

LAST GAME - Dec. 1/19: VAN 2 vs EDM 3

Brock Boeser got the Canucks on the board at 15:34 in the first...Josh Leivo netted the Canucks second goal of the night at 12:06 in the second...Chris Tanev led the team in blocked shots (3)...Jacob Markstrom faced 28 shots.

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.

RELYING ON HIS STRENGTHS

On Nov. 30/19 at EDM, Tanner Pearson became the 7th player in Canucks history to record at least one shorthanded point, one power play point and multiple even strength points in a single road game.

THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM

Canucks rookie defenseman Quinn Hughes collected his third three-assist game of 2019-20 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).

BENN THERE, DONE THAT

Jordie Benn appeared in his 500th NHL game on Nov. 30 at EDM. Over the course of his career he has collected 113 points (22-91- 113) with Dallas, Montreal and Vancouver. Only 72 active defencemen and three active undrafted defencemen have reached 500 games played.

STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT

With a goal on Nov. 25/19 at PHI, JT Miller became the 14th player in franchise history to produce 24 or more points in his first 25 games since joining the Canucks (NHL debut or otherwise).

FACING OFF

On Nov. 16/19 vs COL, Bo Horvat registered 26 wins in the face-off circle, tying for second most a Canuck has won in a single regular season game (Mark Messier had 26 on Mar. 2/98 vs LA). The Canucks record stands at 28, which was also established by Messier on Jan. 8/99 vs FLA. Travis Green holds the League record with 33 wins, which took place on Nov. 8/97 vs CHI.

In 2019.20, Horvat ranks 1st in the NHL in face-off wins (353), even strength face-off wins (252) and power play face-off wins (82). Jay Beagle ranks third in the League for shorthanded face-off wins (46).

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 now sits at 97 points through 99 games. The quickest a Canuck has reached 100 points was 96 games, achieved by Pavel Bure.

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).

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