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Game Notes: Canucks @ Sharks

...Canucks kick-off a five-game road trip against the Sharks

by Canucks Communications @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver faces off against San Jose for the fourth time this season. The fifth and final matchup will take place on Mar. 25/20 at VAN. Tonight's game is presented by Toyota Pacific.

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

The Canucks continue to sit in first place in the Pacific Division with 32 games to play; five of those games come on the road over the next nine days, beginning tonight in San Jose. Brandon Sutter said the goal of any road trip begins at finishing .500 or better, so winning your first game is important. He said winning the first five minutes tonight is key to having a solid outing.

Video: PREGAME | Sutter at Sharks

Jacob Markstrom starts in goal and no other line-up changes are expected from Coach Green.

Video: PREGAME | Coach Green at Sharks

QUICK NUMBERS

  • J.T. Miller has 17 points (6-11-17) in his last 15 games.
  • Brock Boeser has 19 points (6-13-19) in his last 23 games.
  • Tanner Pearson has 25 points (9-16-25) over his last 25 games.
  • Bo Horvat has 25 points (9-16-25) over his last 26 games.
  • Jake Virtanen has 21 points (8-13-21) in his last 25 games.
  • Quinn Hughes has 16 points (3-13-16) in his last 25 games and is 3rd among rookies with 34 points (5-29-34).

LAST GAME AGAINST STL - JAN. 18/20: VAN 4 vs SJS 1

The Canucks outshot the Sharks 39-18...Loui Eriksson opened up scoring at 14:05 in the second period...Tanner Pearson scored the GWG at 5:01 in the third period, putting him on a two game goal streak...Adam Gaudette played in his 100th career game and recorded 2 assists...Oscar Fantenberg recorded 7 hits...Alex Edler recorded 4 blocked shots...Bo Horvat won 15 face-offs (71%).

Video: Pearson leads Canucks to eighth straight home win

LAST GAME PLAYED - JAN. 27/20: VAN 3 vs STL 1

J.T. Miller scored 2 goals including the GWG...Bo Horvat led the Canucks in shots (5) and scored a goal...Jake Virtanen and Chris Tanev both recorded 2 assists...Antoine Roussel played in his 500th career game...Tyler Motte recorded 6 hits...12 Canucks players recorded at least 1 blocked shot for a total of 23 blocked shots...Bo Horvat won 14 face-offs (70%)...Thatcher Demko made 36 saves.

Video: Miller, Demko lift Canucks past Blues, 3-1

HOME SWEET HOME

From Dec. 19/19 to Jan. 27/20, the Canucks are 9-0-0 in their last nine games at Rogers Arena, the longest active home-ice win streak in the NHL. Vancouver has posted longer home-ice win streaks only once with an 11 game streak (Feb.3-Mar. 19/09).

SEEING STARS

Quinn Hughes, Elias Pettersson, Jacob Markstrom and their Pacific Division teammates defeated the Atlantic Division 5-4 in the final NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis on Jan. 25/20.

In his second All-Star appearance, Pettersson scored two goals in the final game helping lead his team to the win.

Quinn Hughes became the second rookie defenseman to score a goal in an NHL All-Star Game. Denis Potvin tallied once for Team All-Stars East in the 27th All-Star Game in 1974. Hughes was the fourth rookie defenseman to skate in the All-Star Games in the past 33 years.

With Hughes participation in All-Star Weekend, the Canucks have become the first NHL team in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to have a rookie in three consecutive NHL All-Star Games.

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

From Dec. 19/19 to Jan. 4/20, the Canucks posted a seven game win streak. It marked just the seventh time the Canucks have posted a 7-game winning streak, tying for third longest in club history. Vancouver has posted longer runs on only two occasions: 10-0-0 (Nov. 9-30/02) and 8-0-0 (Dec. 23-Jan. 7/11).

During the Canucks most recent win streak, 16 different skaters registered a point or more. Elias Pettersson (5-4-9), Tanner Pearson (4-5-9), Bo Horvat (3-6-9) and JT Miller (2-7-9) led the way for the Canucks with nine points each.

THE CENTURY MARK

Tanner Pearson collected his 100th career goal on Jan. 16/20 vs ARI. Only three players from his 2012 draft class have accomplished the feat to date: Forsberg, Galchenyuk and Hertl.

POWERED UP

  • Bo Horvat, J.T. Miller and Elias Pettersson rank tied for t-17th in the NHL for PPG (7).
  • Elias Pettersson is tied for t-8th in PPP (20).
  • Vancouver is ranked 2nd in the League with 43 power play goals this season.

WORKING OVERTIME

On Dec. 19/19 vs VGK, Chris Tanev notched his fourth career overtime goal, placing him in a tie with Alex Edler for third in franchise history by a Canucks defenceman. Sami Salo holds the record with 7, followed by Mattias Ohlund with 6.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

J.T. Miller collected two goals on Jan. 27/20 vs STL to boost his 2019-20 totals to 19-29-48 (50 GP).

J.T. Miller (19-29-48), collected at least one point in 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

Bo Horvat ranks 2nd in the NHL in face-off wins (613). He is ranked first in the league in even strength face-off wins (460) and power play faceoff wins (130).

On Nov. 16/19 vs COL, Horvat won 26 draws in the face-off circle, tying the second highest club record in a single game (Mark Messier - Mar. 2/98 vs LA). The Canucks record stands at 28, set by Messier on Jan. 8/99 vs FLA. Canucks Head Coach Travis Green holds the League record for faceoff wins in a single game with 33, set on Nov. 8/97 vs CHI.

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