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Game Notes: Canucks @ Golden Knights

...Vancouver plays the second of back-to-back games

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks wrap up back-to-back games tonight in Las Vegas. Vancouver returns home for a five-game home stand beginning Dec. 17 against the Montreal Canadiens. Tonight's game is presented by Toyota Pacific.

  • The Canucks and Golden Knights face off four times this season with remaining games in the season series on Dec. 19 (home), Mar. 23 (road) and Apr. 4 (home).
  • Vancouver is 1-6-1 all-time vs Vegas (1-3-1 in their last 5 meetings).

NEED TO KNOW BASIS

  • Josh Leivo has six points (5-1-6) in his last eight games and five goals in his last seven.
  • Elias Pettersson has 13 points (7-6-13) in his last 15 games.
  • Brock Boeser has 11 points (3-8-11) in his last 13 games.
  • Tanner Pearson has 14 points (6-8-14) over his last 15 games.
  • JT Miller has 11 points (5-6-11) in his last 11 games.
  • Bo Horvat has 11 points (3-8-11) over his last 12 games.
  • Quinn Hughes is 3rd among rookies with 25 points (2-23-25).
  • The Canucks enter tonight's game t-2nd in the NHL in faceoff win percentage (52.1%).
  • Vancouver ranks 6th in the League for blocked shots (491).
  • The Canucks have the second best win % (.833) when they score first.

LAST MEETING - Mar. 9/19: VAN 2 vs VGK 6

Brock Boeser scored on a deflection in the slot at 10:58 to cut the lead to 3-1...Bo Horvat scored on a shot off the rush 3:56 into the second period to make it 5-2...Alex Biega had two assists, tying a career high...Jacob Markstrom made 11 saves while Thatcher Demko made 16 saves in relief.

LAST GAME - DEC. 14/19: VAN 2 at SJ 4

 

The Canucks outshot the Sharks 35-27 at SAP Center in San Jose allowing two goals against before Jake Virtanen cut the lead in half at 7:57 of the third period...Bo Horvat scored with 29 seconds remaining to draw the game within one goal...Jacob Markstrom stopped 23 of 25 shots.

 

POWERED UP

  • Bo Horvat ranks tied for t-9th in the NHL for PPG (6).
  • Elias Pettersson ranks 4th 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%).

BACK-TO-BACKS

Vancouver plays nine back-to-back series over an 82 game schedule and wraps up their fourth b2b series tonight against the Golden Knights. The Canucks record in b2b games this season is 2-4-1.

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 (13-18-31), 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 1st in the NHL in face-off wins (414), even strength face-off wins (302) and power play face-off wins (90).
On Nov. 16/19 vs COL, Horvat won 26 draws in the face-off circle, tying the second highest record in a single game (Mark Messier - Mar. 2/98 vs LA). The Canucks record stands at 28, also 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.

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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