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Game Notes: Canucks @ Capitals

...Canucks finish back-to-back games in Washington

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks face off against the Washington Capitals for their second of two match ups this season. The Canucks lost the first meeting Oct. 22 by a score of 5-2. Vancouver is 1-4-0 in their last five games versus the Capitals (3-7-0 in their last 10 meetings).

Tonight marks the third of a four-game road trip that also sees visits to Washington (Feb. 5), and Chicago (Feb. 7). The Canucks are 1- 1-0 on the trip to date.

Brock Boeser (3-4-7) enters tonight's game on a five game scoring streak.

INJURY UPDATE

Alex Edler has returned to Vancouver because of a concussion suffered Monday in Philadelphia. He did not suffer any facial fractures and received stitiches. Thatcher Demko has also returned to Vancouver to receive an MRI for an injury suffered Monday in warm-up, while Sven Baertschi is visiting a doctor today.

Guillaume Brisebois and Thatcher Demko were recalled Tuesday and joined the team in Washington. Brisebois will at least take warm-up, while DiPietro will backup Jacob Markstrom.

Tweet from @Canucks: Coach Green provides a detailed update on injuries to Alex Edler, Sven Baertschi and Thatcher Demko. pic.twitter.com/sNo7TQ9pVM

LAST MEETING - Oct. 22/18: VAN 2 vs WSH 5

Troy Stecher put the Canucks on the board at 7:30 in the second period to tie the game 1-1...Sven Baertschi collected Vancouver's second goal of the night on the power play...Erik Gudbranson appeared in his 400th career game and led the Canucks in hits...Anders Nilsson faced 32 shots.

LAST GAME - Feb. 4/19: VAN 1 at PHI 2

Brock Boeser scored the lone Canucks goal, his 18th of the season...Jacob Markstrom stopped 28 of 30 shots...the Canucks outshot the Flyers by a margin of 42-30.

500 GP

Jay Beagle played his 500th career NHL game in Philadelphia on Monday night. The Canucks centreman has 124 career points over that span (53-71-124), with all but eight of those points recorded as a member of the Washington Capitals. Beagle played in 10 seasons with the Caps and two seasons with AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears helping his teams to a Stanley Cup in 2018 and Calder Cups in 2009 & 2010.

THE ROAD TO 50

Among players to debut with the Canucks franchise, Brock Boeser required the second fewest personal games to score his 50th career goal (110 GP), trailing only Pavel Bure (82 GP) (source: NHL PR).

THE ROOKIE

Elias Pettersson was named to Team Pacific Division for the 2019 NHL All-Star Game. He became the youngest Canucks player and just the third Canucks rookie (Tallon, Boeser) named to the honour. He participated in the Fastest Skater and Puck Control Relay and notched four shots in the Pacific Division's game against the Central.

Pettersson leads all rookies in goals (23), points (46), power-play goals (6), power-play assists (7), power-play points (13), game- winning goals (7) and shooting percentage (27.7%; this also ranks first in the NHL (min. 20 GP)). He also leads Canucks skaters in goals, points, points per game (1.12), power-play goals, power-play points, game-winning goals and shooting percentage.

With his seventh GWG Jan. 2 at OTT, Pettersson established a new Canucks single-season record for most GWG scored by a rookie.

With three goals on Jan. 2 at OTT, Pettersson became just the fourth active player to accumulate 40 or more career points within his first 40 NHL games.

With his performance on Jan. 2, he also became the first rookie in Canucks franchise history to score a hat trick that included an OTG. He is the eighth Canucks rookie to net a hat trick.

Pettersson was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month recipient for the month of December after leading all rookies in goals (6), assists (11), points (17), game-winning goals (4) and plus/minus (tied, +8) in 14 games.

Pettersson, who led all rookies with seven goals and 10 points in eight games (7-3-10) in October, was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for October. He was named the NHL's second star of the week ending November 4th (sharing the League lead with four goals and ranked third overall with seven points in three games) and was named first star of the week ending December 9th (after leading the NHL with eight points (2-6-8) in three games).

With five points (1-4-5) on Dec. 9 at STL, Pettersson became the sixth rookie since 1967-68 to record multiple outings with at least five points in a single season. He also registered five points (2-3-5) on Nov. 2 vs COL.

SWEDE RECORD

Playing in his 783rd career game Dec. 22 vs WPG (all with Vancouver), Alex Edler passed Harold Snepsts for most games played by a defenceman in Canucks franchise history.

Edler also leads the way among Canucks defencemen in career points (354), power play points (163) and shots (1755). He ranks second among Canucks blueliners in goals (89; 4 behind Mattias Ohlund), second in assists (265; 25 behind Dennis Kearns) and second in power play goals (43; 5 behind Sami Salo).

Edler is currently 2nd the NHL in blocks per game (2.9; min. 10 GP). He has led the team in TOI in 24 of 38 GP and has led both teams in TOI in 15 of 38 GP.

FACE THE FACTS

Bo Horvat ranks first in the NHL in face-off wins (694), first in even-strength face-off wins (571) and first in face-offs taken (1306). He also ranks T-7th in PP face-off wins (89).

Horvat ranks T-2nd on the team in goals (18), power play goals (5), points (42), power play points (11) and face-off win percentage (53.14%; min. 10 GP) and first in assists (24), shots (153) and TOI (among forwards; 20:47).

THE GOING RATE

  • Brock Boeser has seven points (4-4-8) over the past seven games
  • Elias Pettersson has 10 points (6-4-10) in nine games
  • Bo Horvat has six points (1-5-6) over the past seven games
  • Josh Leivo has three points (1-2-3) in five games
  • Loui Eriksson has five points (2-3-5) in seven games
  • Antoine Roussel has four points (2-2-4) over the past eight games
  • Troy Stecher has four points (0-4-4) in eight games
  • Jay Beagle has four points (1-3-4) over the past seven games
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