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Game Notes: Canucks vs. Blues

...Canucks return home to face the defending champs

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks return home for one game after a three game road trip, where the team went 2-0-1. Following the game vs the Blues, the Canucks will play a back-to-back on the road against Chicago (Nov. 7) and Winnipeg (Nov. 8). Tonight's game is presented by Toyota Pacific.

  • The Canucks and Blues will face off three times this season. The Canucks won the first outing in a 4-3 shootout on Oct. 17 in St. Louis. The season series will conclude on Jan. 27 at Rogers Arena.
  • Vancouver is 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs St. Louis (3-1-1 in the last 5).
  • The Canucks host 1970s night, the first of five era nights as part of the 50th season celebrations.

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

"Green light, I'm good to go." Quinn Hughes spread a lot of smiles across BC with that comment Tuesday morning after an optional Canucks morning skate. The rookie defenceman will return to the line-up after missing one game with a knee injury. Hughes was day-to-day after suffering the injury Friday night in Anaheim; the 20-year-old has 10 points (1-9-10) in 13 games this season.

Video: PREGAME | Hughes vs. Blues

NEED TO KNOW BASIS

  • Elias Pettersson enters tonight's game with 14 points (2-12-14) over his past 7 games.
  • Bo Horvat has 11 points (5-6-11) over the past 7 games.
  • JT Miller has seven points (2-5-7) over the past 6 games.
  • The Canucks are 7-1-2 in their last 10, tied for 3rd in the NHL.
  • Thatcher Demko's 1.78 GAA ranks 3rd in the NHL
  • Quinn Hughes is t-3rd among all rookies in scoring with 10 points (1-9-10).
  • Vancouver reached the 20-point mark (with a win over SJ on Nov. 2) in 14 or fewer games for the 4 time in franchise history, following 2003-04 (9-2-2, 20 points), 2005-06 (9-2-2, 20 points) and 2014-15 (10-4-0, 20 points).

LAST MEETING - Oct. 17/19: VAN 4 at STL 3 (SO)

Ferland got the Canucks on the board at 2:04 in the second...Miller drew the Canucks within one at 13:22 in the second...Horvat netted the Canucks third goal of the night to force overtime...Leivo notched the game-deciding goal in the shootout...Demko faced 37 shots.

Video: Leivo's SO winner helps Canucks rally past Blues

LAST GAME - 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

SEEING STARS

Elias Pettersson was named first star of the week (week ending Nov. 3). He collected three assists in a 7-2 victory over the Florida Panthers Oct. 28. He then registered 1-3-4, his third career four-point performance, in a 5-3 triumph vs LA Oct. 30. He added a pair of

goals in a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks Nov. 2. The 20-year-old Sundsvall, Sweden, native ranks 6th in the NHL with 20 points.

HIGH OCTANE OCTOBER

Vancouver's goal production for the month of October saw a combined 45 goals scored (not including shootout), the third best October for goal scoring in team history. Only 1983.84 - 59 goals, 1989.90 - 49 goals and 1991.92 - 49 goals saw higher totals.

HIGH FIVE

Vancouver scored five-plus goals in four consecutive games (Oct. 22-30) - the 2nd time in 20 years. The last time the Canucks accomplished the feat was March 6-24/2000. An 8-game streak marks the club record when scoring five or more from Feb. 27-Mar. 21/1983 .

A five-plus goal output also extends to the team's last three games at Rogers Arena (Oct. 15 vs DET, Oct. 25 vs WSH, Oct. 28 vs FLA).

The team recorded five third-period goals (Oct. 22/19 at DET) for the sixth time in franchise history and first since Apr. 15/93 at LA. The franchise record for team goals in any period is six, accomplished on two occasions: Jan. 21/06 vs MTL and Jan. 16/87 vs CGY.

POWER PLAY PRODUCTION

The Canucks were powered by four power play goals in a 5-3 win over the Kings at the Staples Center on Oct. 30th, led by two goals on the man advantage from Brock Boeser. It marks the first time since Jan. 7th, 2012 that the team has scored four power play goals.

BOESER NETS THIRD CAREER HAT TRICK

Brock Boeser scored the third hat trick of his career on Oct. 30/19 in Los Angeles. With an added assist (3-1-4), Boeser recorded a four-point game for the fourth time in his NHL career. He is the fifth player in franchise history to have three or more three-goal games before the age of 23 (behind Pavel Bure - 5, Tony Tanti - 4).

MILLER SCORES 100+

JT Miller scored his 100th and 101st career goal vs Florida on Oct. 28/19 at Rogers Arena. Drafted 15th overall by the New York Rangers in 2011, Miller is the 14th member of his draft class to reach the 100 goal plateau and ranks 5th among his peers to reach the milestone in the fewest number of games at 446.

PRODUCTION FROM PETTERSSON

With three assists on Oct. 28/19, Elias Pettersson improved his career totals to 31-49-80 in 82 GP. Only Pavel Bure required fewer games to reach 80 points as a Canuck (49-31-80 in 80 GP).

HEAD OF THE CLASS

Bo Horvat collected his 100th career goal on Oct. 20/19 at NYR to become the 4th player from the 2013 NHL Draft to score 100 or more goals. Sean Monahan, Nathan MacKinnon and Aleksander Barkov are the three that have accomplished the feat to date.

After recording his first career hat trick on Oct. 22/19 at DET, Horvat sits at 103 career goals. Of the 103 career goals, 28 have come on the power play, six shorthanded and 69 at even strength. The last time a Vancouver Canuck scored a hat trick against Detroit was Nov. 13/05 by Todd Bertuzzi.

YOUNG GUN

Quinn Hughes (19 years, 360 days) notched his first NHL goal Oct. 9 vs LA and became the youngest Canucks defenceman to find the back of the net since J.J Daigneault (19 years, 176 days) did so on April 6, 1985 at Los Angeles.

LIGHT THE LAMP

The Canucks tied a club record for goals in a home opener with 8 on Oct. 9/19 vs LA (the two previous times were Oct. 8/87 vs STL and Oct. 11/78 vs CLR). According to NHL PR, just three other teams in the last 10 years have scored eight or more goals in their home opener: Chicago (10; Oct. 5/17 vs PIT), Philadelphia (8; Oct. 14/17 vs WSH) and Toronto (8; Oct. 7/17 vs NYR). The last time the Canucks scored 8 goals in a game was Nov. 8/18 vs Boston, which ended in an 8-5 Canucks win.

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