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Game Notes: Canucks @ Sharks

...Canucks begin a two-game road trip

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Tonight will be the second of five times the Canucks and Sharks will face off this season. Vancouver won the first meeting on Nov. 2/19 (5-2). The other games will be played on Jan. 18 (home), Jan. 29 (road) and Mar. 25 (home). Tonight's game is presented by Toyota Pacific.

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

Coach Green is hopeful Brandon Sutter will play tonight against the Sharks and the 30-year-old forward said he feels good and is ready to go. Expect Sutter to take warm-up and if it's all systems go after that, be in the line-up tonight. Only other line-up note is that Jacob Markstrom starts in goal coming off a 43-save shutout Thursday night.

Video: PREGAME | Green at Sharks

NEED TO KNOW BASIS

  • The Canucks are 3-6-1 in their last 10 meetings with the Sharks and 2-3-0 in their last five match-ups with San Jose.
  • Josh Leivo has six points (5-1-6) in his last seven games and five goals in his last six games.
  • Jordie Benn has three points (0-3-3) in his last 5 games.
  • Elias Pettersson enters play tonight with 13 points (7-6-13) in his last 14 games.
  • Brock Boeser has 10 points (3-7-10) in his last 12 games.
  • Tanner Pearson has produced 14 points (6-8-14) over his last 14 games.
  • JT Miller has 11 points (5-6-11) in his last 10 games.
  • Quinn Hughes is 3rd among rookies with 24 points (2-22-24).
  • Bo Horvat has 10 points (2-8-10) over his last 11 games.
  • The Canucks enter tonight's game 5th in the NHL in faceoff win percentage (51.8%).
  • Vancouver ranks fifth in the League for blocked shots (480).
  • The Canucks share the second best win % (.833) when they score first.

LAST MEETING - Nov. 2/19: VAN 5 at SJ 2

Brandon Sutter opened the scoring at 4:17 in the first period...Elias Pettersson gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead with his first of two goals on the night...Jake Virtanen notched the eventual game-winner at 0:45 in the second period...The Canucks posted a season high 22 shots...Thatcher Demko faced 26 shots for the victory.

Video: Pettersson's two goals power Canucks to 5-2 road win

LAST GAME - DEC. 12/19: VAN 1 vs CAR 0 (OT)

Elias Pettersson collected his 100th career point with an overtime-winning goal...Brock Boeser got an assist on the play...Tyler Myers led the team in hits (3)...Jacob Markstrom faced 43 shots, the second most he has faced this season, and posted his fourth career shutout (1st of the season).

Video: Markstrom, Pettersson lift Canucks to OT win

POWERED UP

  • Bo Horvat ranks tied for t-9th in the NHL for PPG (6).
  • Elias Pettersson ranks t-3rd for PPP (17).
  • Vancouver ranks 2nd in the League with 31 power play goals this season.
  • The Canucks ranks 4th in power play percentage (25.6).

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).

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

JT Miller, who leads the Canucks with 13 goals in 2019-20 (13-18-31), has collected at least one point in each of 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

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 (399), even strength face-off wins (290) and power play face-off wins (87).

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).

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