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Game Notes: Canucks vs. Sharks

...Vancouver plays its final home game of the season

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks face off against the San Jose Sharks tonight in their fourth and final meeting this season.

Vancouver is 0-5-0 in their last five games against San Jose (1-8-1 in their last 10).

Tonight marks the seventh of a season-long seven-game homestand. The Canucks have gone 3-3-0 on the homestand to date.

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).

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

The Canucks held an optional morning skate Tuesday before discussing tonight's game with the media. Quinn Hughes will play in his third game of the season, facing his toughest opponent yet. That being said, Hughes is sticking to his game and isn't concerned with the Sharks.

Video: PREGAME | Hughes vs. Sharks 04.02.19

Thatcher Demko gets the start and that's Vancouver's only line-up change, said Coach Green.

FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT

To commemorate the final home game of the season and celebrate passionate Canucks fans, tonight is Fan Appreciation Night at Rogers Arena! The fun begins from 4:15 to 4:45 pm, when fans have a chance to meet some of their favourite Canucks as select players will be signing autographs on the Toyota Plaza on the North side of Rogers Arena (across from Stadium-Chinatown station).

Click here for a full list of activities taking place pre-and-during the game!

LAST MEETING - Feb. 16/19: VAN 2 at SJ 3

Antoine Roussel notched the Canucks first goal of the night, drawing the Canucks into a 1-1 tie in the first...Brock Boeser scored the Canucks second goal of the night, which was his 100th career point...Loui Eriksson appeared in his 900th career game...Tyler Motte registered four hits...Jacob Markstrom faced 26 shots.

LAST GAME - Mar. 30/19: VAN 3 vs DAL 2 (SO)

Tim Schaller opened the scoring at 4:52 in the first period...Sven Baertschi doubled the Canucks lead, scoring after a Stars turnover in the neutral zone...Markus Granlund netted the game-deciding goal in the eighth round of the shootout...Luke Schenn led the team in hits (7)...Jacob Markstrom faced 40 shots.

Video: Granlund leads Canucks to 3-2 shootout victory

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 (365), power-play points (168), and shots (1,797). He ranks second all-time among Vancouver blueliners in assists (271) and power-play goals (45).

Video: Edler Becomes Franchise Leader in Goals by Defencemen

RACKING UP THE HITS

Since making his Canucks debut on Feb. 25, defenceman Luke Schenn has accumulated 71 hits, sharing the league lead 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 third 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 who previously held the record with 60 points each. 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 (0.96).

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 (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, 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 (1,051), first in even-strength face-off wins (867) and first in face-offs taken (1,953). He also ranks seventh in PP face-off wins (141).

Horvat ranks tied for first on the team in goals (27), first in shots (222) and TOI (among forwards; 20:54) and second in power play goals (7), points (59), assists (32), 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 13 games
  • Loui Eriksson has five points (1-4-5) over the past eight games
  • Alex Edler has eight points (2-5-7) over the past seven games
  • Elias Pettersson has seven points (1-6-7) over the past nine games
  • Bo Horvat has 11 points (4-7-11) over the past 11 games
  • Tanner Pearson has four points (3-1-4) over the past six games
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