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Game Notes: Canucks vs. Capitals

...Vancouver has won two straight returning home for two games

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks open a two-game homestand Friday against the Capitals on Diwali Night at Rogers Arena, presented by TD.

  • Vancouver and Washington will face off two times this season: Oct. 25 (home) and Nov. 23 (road).
  • The Canucks have gone 3-7-0 in the last 10 games against the Capitals (1-4-0 in the last 5).
  • The Canucks enter tonight's game having posted +40 shots in two straight games. The last time Vancouver recorded 40 or more
  • shots in 3 straight games took place in 2014.15: Mar. 19 vs CBJ (40), Mar. 21 at LA (42) and Mar. 22 at ARI (44).
  • Brandon Sutter leads Canucks skaters with 10 career points (3-7-10) against Washington in 37 games.

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

The Canucks held an optional morning skate Friday, with 11 skaters and both Markstrom and Demko taking part. Chris Tanev was on the ice fine tuning his game for an exciting test against Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals. Ovi has nine goals and 17 points in 18 career games against the Canucks.

Tweet from @Canucks: "He's so consistent... scores 40-50 goals every year, it's like clockwork." Chris Tanev talks about the challenge of trying to stop Alexander Ovechkin. pic.twitter.com/hDfeiaYmxC

DIWALI NIGHT!

Everything you need to know about tonight's celebration can be found here: Canucks Celebrate Diwali

LAST MEETING - Feb. 5/19: VAN 2 at WSH 3

Markus Granlund got the Canucks on the board at 8:02 of the third period...Elias Pettersson drew the Canucks within one with an unassisted goal at 19:52 of the third...Bo Horvat let the team in shots (5)...Jacob Markstrom faced 31 shots.

LAST GAME - Oct. 22/19: VAN 5 vs DET 2

Bo Horvat recorded his first NHL hat trick en route to a Canucks 5-2 win...Jake Virtanen scored the eventual game winner...Tim Schaller netted his first goal of the season...Jacob Markstrom faced 33 shots for the win...Jordie Benn tied a career high with two assists in a game...Vancouver collected six out of a possible eight points on their four game road trip.

Video: Horvat's hatty fuels Canucks' 5-2 win in Detroit

HIGH FIVE

The Canucks recorded five third-period goals (Oct. 22/19 game 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.

LEANING ON THEIR STRENGTHS

On Oct. 20/19 at NYR, the Canucks scored one even strength, power play and shorthanded goal, all in the first period. This is the first time Vancouver has accomplished the feat since Mar. 21/15 at LA and the first time in a single period since Mar. 15/09 vs COL.

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. The last time a Vancouver Canuck scored a hat trick against Detroit took place on Nov. 13/05 by Todd Bertuzzi.

WITH THE ADVANTAGE

On Oct. 15/19, the Canucks netted three power play goals for the first time since Dec. 16/18 vs EDM. Over the past five seasons (prior to 2019.20), the Canucks have posted three or more power play goals in a game on nine occasions.

JT Miller notched two of the Canucks power play goals, becoming the first player to do so since Brock Boeser accomplished the feat on Jan. 23/18 vs LA. Since the 2007.08 season, only nine Canucks have scored two power play goals in a game. The club record for most power play goals in a game is three, which has been achieved four times: Todd Bertuzzi (Dec. 30/00 vs SJ), Pavel Bure (Mar. 27/94 vs LA), Dave Babych (Nov. 22/91 vs CGY) and Rick Blight (Oct. 6/76 vs PIT).

FROM THE BLUELINE

On Oct. 9/19, three Canucks defenceman (Hughes, Tanev and Edler) each notched a goal, becoming the first trio to do so since Mar. 3/04 at COL when Brent Sopel, Marik Malik and Mattias Ohlund accomplished the feat.
There have now been 19 occasions in franchise history when three or more Canucks defenceman have scored a goal in a single game. There is only one instance in club history when four or more have done so, which took place on Jan. 12/02 against the Carolina Hurricanes with goals from Bryan Helmer, Ed Jovanovski, Mattias Ohlund and Scott Lachance.

GROUP MENTALITY

On Oct. 9/19 vs LA, 14 Canucks skaters were on the scoresheet, each earning at least one point in the game. The last time 14 or more Canucks skaters earned one point or more took place Dec. 22/14 against the Arizona Coyotes (7-1 win). Three Canucks players were involved in the offensive output for both of those games: Chris Tanev, Alex Edler and Bo Horvat.
According to NHL stats, the last five times the Canucks had 14 or more skaters each register at least one point in a game (prior to Oct. 9/19) took place on: Dec. 22/14 vs ARI, Jan. 24/11 vs DAL, Dec. 28/02 vs ANA, Jan. 1/01 vs NSH and Nov. 8/00 vs ANA.

YOUNG GUNS

Elias Pettersson boosted his career totals to 30-41-71 in 76 games on Oct. 15/19; among players to debut with the Canucks, he required the second-fewest contests to reach the 70-point mark (all with VAN) behind only Pavel Bure on Oct. 22/92 (73 GP). Pettersson recorded his 70th career regular-season point in eight fewer games than teammate Boeser, who reached the milestone in his 84th outing on Nov. 2/18.

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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