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Game Notes: Canucks vs. Maple Leafs

...Canucks looking to win their third straight game

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Tonight will be the first time Toronto and Vancouver will face off this season. Vancouver will play in Toronto on Feb. 29 to conclude the season series. The Canucks are 4-5-1 in their last 10 meetings with the Leafs and 3-1-1 in their last five match-ups with Toronto. Tonight's game is presented by Budweiser.

50/50 JACKPOT

The Canucks for Kids Fund is hosting a 50/50 super jackpot tonight vs. Toronto where the jackpot is guaranteed to surpass $1 million (guaranteed minimum prize for the winner is $500,000). Tickets for the 50/50 raffle are available now for fans across BC at canucks.com/online5050. Tickets can be bought online or at Rogers Arena. Funds raised from this special event will support the Canucks Autism Network, Canuck Place Children's Hospice and the BC Children's Hospital Foundation.

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

The Canucks will ice the same line-up as they did in Saturday's 6-5 win over the Buffalo Sabres tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs, with the exception that Jacob Markstrom starts in goal. Brandon Sutter was expected to return from a lower-body injury, but isn't quite ready to return, said Coach Green.

Elias Pettersson, who goes into the game with 99 career points, said he's extra excited to face Auston Matthews and the Leafs tonight. "It's always fun when you play the best."

Video: PREGAME | Pettersson vs. Leafs

NEED TO KNOW BASIS

  • Jordie Benn is on a three-game scoring streak (0-3-3).
  • Elias Pettersson enters play tonight with 12 points (6-6-12) in his last 12 games.
  • Brock Boeser has 9 points (3-6-9) in his last 10 games. He is currently on a three game scoring streak (1-3-4).
  • Tanner Pearson has produced 13 points (6-7-13) over his last 12 games.
  • JT Miller is riding a 8-game scoring streak (5-6-11). It marks the longest scoring streak a Canucks player has posted this season.
  • Quinn Hughes is 3rd among rookies with 24 points (2-22-24).
  • Bo Horvat has nine points (2-7-9) over his last nine games.
  • The Canucks enter tonight's game 3rd in the NHL in faceoff win percentage (52.2%).

LAST MEETING - Mar. 6/19: VAN 3 vs TOR 2 (OT)

The Canucks responded to a 2-0 deficit heading into the third with three unanswered goals for an OT victory...Loui Eriksson got Vancouver on the board at 2:21 in the third period...Josh Leivo netted a power play goal at 4:13 in the third to force overtime...Alex Edler notched the overtime winner, the sixth in his career...Adam Gaudette set a career high for assists and tied a career high for points in a game (2)...Jacob Markstrom faced 30 shots.

Video: Condensed Game: Maple Leafs @ Canucks

LAST GAME - Dec. 7/19: VAN 6 vs BUF 5 (OT)

Josh Leivo collected two goals, setting a career high for most in a game...Antoine Roussel shared the team lead for goals on the night with two as well...Tyler Myers netted his first goal as a Canuck...JT Miller notched the game-winner in overtime...Jake Virtanen set a career high for assists in a game (2)...Micheal Ferland led the team in hits (6)...Thatcher Demko faced 28 shots.

Video: Condensed Game: Sabres @ Canucks

POWERED UP

  • Bo Horvat ranks tied for 8th in the NHL for PPG (6).
  • Elias Pettersson ranks 3rd for PPP (17).
  • Vancouver leads the League with 31 power play goals this season.
  • The Canucks ranks 4th in power play percentage (27.2).

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 his last eight games (5-6-11). 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 (378), even strength face-off wins (272) and power play face-off wins (84).

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 now sits at 99 points through 101 games. The quickest a Canuck has reached 100 points was 96 games, achieved by Pavel Bure. The second 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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