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Game Notes: Canucks @ Sharks

...Vancouver ends a three-game road trip

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks face off against the San Jose Sharks tonight in their third of four match ups this season. Vancouver is 0-2 in two previous games versus San Jose this season. The Sharks visit Rogers Arena to conclude the season series on Apr. 2. Vancouver is 0-4-1 in their last five games versus San Jose and 1-8-1 in their last 10 GP.

Tonight marks Loui Eriksson's 900th career game. He becomes the 19th player selected in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft to appear in 900 games.

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

No line-up changes Saturday night for the Canucks, confirmed Coach Green. Jacob Markstrom makes his third consecutive start, while Jake Virtanen will miss his second straight game. Coach was hoping Virtanen would be available, but he'll be reevaluated when the Canucks return to Vancouver.

Video: PREGAME | Coach Green at Sharks

LAST MEETING - Feb. 11/19: VAN 2 vs SJ 7

Bo Horvat got the Canucks on the board with his 20th goal off a cross-ice pass from Elias Pettersson in the first...Derrick Pouliot made it 6-2 at 12:06 of the third when he scored off a pass from Zack MacEwen, who made his NHL debut...Mike DiPietro made 17 saves in his NHL debut.

LAST GAME -Feb. 14/19: VAN 4 vs LA 3 (S0)

Elias Pettersson gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead at 12:22 of the first with his 26th goal...Brock Boeser put Vancouver ahead 2-1 at 9:46 of the second with his 20th goal...Adam Gaudette tied it 3-3 with 1:38 remaining in the third...Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser each scored in the shootout...Jacob Markstrom made 35 saves...Guillaume Brisebois registered two hits in his NHL debut.

Video: Boeser nets SO winner as Canucks top Kings

DIVISION RIVALS

Vancouver has a 8-7-3 record versus Pacific Division teams this season. Including tonight's contest, 11 of their remaining 23 games are against divisional opponents.

HIGH MARK

Since Dec. 6, Jacob Markstrom has posted a record of 14-7-3. This includes a .924 SV%, 740 shots against and 684 saves. Markstrom ranks eighth in the League in wins (22) and fourth in both shots against (1,388) and total saves (1,265).

THE ROOKIE

With his 13th multi-point game this season on Feb. 14 at LAK, Elias Pettersson moved into a tie with Thomas Gradin for 4th all-time in Canucks rookies multi-point games (Pavel Bure leads the way with 18).

Pettersson not only leads his team but all rookies in goals (26), points (53), assists (27), power-play goals (8), power-play points (15), game-winning goals (7), and points per game (1.10).

Elias Pettersson joins an elite list of 10 players who have scored at least 25 goals in thier first 44 games played, aged 20 or younger (Ovechkin, Martin, Murdoch, Bossy, Lindros, Robitaille, Yzerman, Gretzky, Hawerchuk, Boeser).

With his 50th point of the season Feb. 9/19 vs CGY, Pettersson became the 11th Canuck to score 50 or more points in their rookie season. Pavel Bure and Ivan Hlinka share the club record of 60 points in a rookie season.

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 (Tallon, Boeser) 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 was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month recipient for the month of December after leading all rookies in goals (6), assists (11), points (17), game-winning goals (4) and plus/minus (tied, +8) in 14 games.

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 (776), first in even-strength face-off wins (638) and first in face-offs taken (1456). He also ranks 8th in PP face-off wins (102).

Horvat ranks second on the team in goals (tied - 20), power play goals (5), points (45), assists (25) and power play points (12) and first in face-off win percentage (tied - 53.3%; min. 10 GP), shots (168) and TOI (among forwards; 20:57).

GOOD-BETTER-BOES

Brock Boeser notched his 20th goal of the season on Feb. 14 at LAK, becoming the fifth Canucks player with multiple 20-goal seasons before turning 22 years old, joining Linden, Bure, Blight and Tanti.

Video: VAN@LAK: Boeser puts home feed from Gaudette

Among players to debut with the Canucks franchise, Brock Boeser required the second fewest games played to score his 50th career goal (110 GP), trailing only Pavel Bure (82 GP) (source: NHL PR).

THE GOING RATE

  • Derrick Pouliot has two points (1-1-2) over the past four games
  • Brock Boeser has three points (2-1-3) over the past five games
  • Josh Leivo has four points (2-2-4) over the past five games
  • Antoine Roussel has five points (2-3-5) over the past eight games
  • Elias Pettersson has 11 points (4-7-11) over the past 10 games
  • Troy Stecher has three points (0-3-3) over the past five games
  • Bo Horvat has three points (2-1-3) in two of the past four games
  • Adam Gaudette has two points (1-1-2) over the past two games
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