CANUCKS AT SHARKS PREVIEW
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- Tonight marks the first of four meetings between the Canucks and Sharks this season: Nov. 27 (road), Dec. 7 (road), Dec. 27 (home), Mar. 23 (home)
- The Canucks are 61-55-9-7 all-time against the Sharks, including a 33-29-5-2 record on the road.
- Vancouver is 7-3-0 in their last 10 games vs San Jose (5-0-0 in their last 5).
- Among active Canucks skaters, Oliver Ekman-Larsson leads the team in points (8-17-25) and games played (53).
- J.T. Miller has produced more than a point-per-game in his career vs San Jose with 16 points (6-10-16) in 15 games.
- Thatcher Demko is 6-0-0 in his career vs San Jose, posting a 2.16 GAA and 928 SV%.
- Spencer Martin is 0-1-1 against the Sharks in his career with a 4.02 GAA and .857 SV%.
- Brock Boeser has 10 points (3-7-10) in his last nine games and is on a nine-game point streak (3-7-10) since returning from injury.
- Bo Horvat has 13 goals and 17 points (13-4-17) in his last 13 games and is only one goal behind Jason Robertson (DAL) for most in the NHL this season.
- Quinn Hughes has 20 points (0-20-20) this season and ranks first in NHL for assists among defencemen (20 in 17 GP).
- Andrei Kuzmenko has seven points (2-5-7) in his last four games.
- J.T. Miller has 13 points (6-7-13) in his last 11 games and is on a seven-game point streak (4-5-9).
- Elias Pettersson leads the team with 24 points (11-14-25) this season and is on a five-game point streak (5-2-7).
- Luke Schenn is 15 hits away from tying Brooks Orpik (2,946) for the NHL all-time record of most hits by a defenceman.
LAST MEETING – APR. 9/22: VAN 5 vs SJS 1
Jason Dickinson opened the scoring with an unassisted tally at 2:03 in the first period…Conor Garland restored Vancouver’s lead at 4:49 in the second assisted by Alex Chiasson…Alex Chiasson then notched the eventual game-winning goal at 2:07 in the third period to record his second straight multipoint game (1-1-2)…Luke Schenn added a shorthanded empty-net goal, unassisted at 19:59 in the third period…Alex Chiasson led all Canucks in shots (7)…Luke Schenn led the team in hits (5)…Bo Horvat went 20-13 in face- offs…Thatcher Demko made 35 saves.
LAST GAME PLAYED – NOV. 26/22: VAN 5 at VGK 1
Brock Boeser opened the scoring on the power play at 9:22 in the first period to match a career-high nine game point streak (3-710)…Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland registered the assists…J.T. Miller notched a power play goal at 18:57 in the first period…Quinn Hughes and Andrei Kuzmenko collected the assists…Elias Pettersson cashed in on the power play at 11:33 in the second period, before Kuzmenko and Bo Horvat each added goals of their own…J.T. Miller led the team with three points (1-2-3) while Hughes (0-2-2) and Kuzmenko (1-1-2) also had multi-point games…Elias Pettersson set a new career-high with nine shots on goal…Kyle Burroughs led all Canucks in hits (6)…Spencer Martin made 26 saves.
LAST 5 vs SAN JOSE
- Apr. 9/22: VAN 5 vs SJS 1
- Feb. 17/22: VAN 5 at SJS 4 (OT)
- Dec. 16/21: VAN 5 at SJS 2
- Jan. 29/20: VAN 5 at SJS 2
- Jan. 18/20: VAN 4 vs SJS 1
SHINING AGAINST THE SHARKS
- The Canucks’ current five-game winning streak (5-0-0) vs San Jose is tied for their longest active streak against any opponent (also 5-0-0 in last five vs Seattle).
- Dating back to the 2019.20 season, the Canucks have scored at a rate of 4.29 goals per game against San Jose, which ranks second in the NHL behind Tampa Bay (4.80).
- Goaltender Thatcher Demko is also 6-0-0 in his career vs San Jose, which is tied for his most wins vs a single opponent (also 6 wins vs Ottawa). Demko is the only goalie in NHL history to have a perfect winning-percentage vs the Sharks with three or more games played.
Tallying his 9th goal and 9th assist of the season on Nov. 26 at VGK, first-year NHLer Andrei Kuzmenko recorded his third multi-point game in four games, and his sixth so far this season, tied for second-most on the team with Bo Horvat and Quinn Hughes (trailing Elias Pettersson, 7 games). With 18 points this season, Kuzmenko tied Brock Boeser and ranks behind Elias Pettersson (21), Igor Larionov (19) for most points through a player’s first 20 career NHL games in Canucks history.
MOVIN’ ON UP
With the team’s 5-0 victory on Nov. 26 at SJS, Bruce Boudreau passed Tom Renney for sole possession of 13th place on the Canucks all-time coaches wins list with his 40th victory.
Scoring at 5-on-5 in the third period on Nov. 21 vs VGK, Elias Pettersson tallied his 10th goal of the season, all of which have come at even strength. He is tied with seven other NHL skaters for second-most even strength goals this season (10).
POWER PLAY PROWESS
Netting 19 power play goals on 52 opportunities in their last 15 games played, thanks to three on the man-advantage on Nov. 26 at VGK, the Canucks’ power play ranks first in the NHL since Oct. 24, producing at a rate of 36.5%. Vancouver is also ranked tied for second in the league overall this season at 29.3% and has the second-ranked power play on home ice at 38.5%.
HUGHES’ HELPING HANDS
- Collecting two assists on Nov. 26 at VGK, Quinn Hughes picked up his 20th assist of the season in just 17 games, trailing only Henrik Sedin (21 assists in 2010.11) for most assists by a Canucks player through their first 17 games of a season.
- Previously, on Nov. 21 vs VGK, Hughes passed Sami Salo for sole possession of 9th place on the Canucks all-time assists list among defencemen (164) in 346 fewer games played.
- Picking up a power play assist to extend his personal assist streak to 10 games (0-13-13) on Nov. 13 at BOS, Hughes passed Jiri Bubla (1983.84) for the second-longest assist streak by a defenceman in Canucks history. He is only one of two Canuck defencemen to ever hit a double-digit streak, being one game short of tying Dennis Kearns for the franchise record (11 games in 1976.77).
BO’S BLAZING START
Scoring his team-leading 17th goal on Nov. 26 at VGK, Bo Horvat became the fourth player in Canucks history to notch at least as many goals in the team’s first 21 games of the season.
- With 31 goals in 39 games since March 9, 2022, Horvat has the highest goals per game (0.79) in the League during that stretch (minimum 5 GP).
- Tallying eight goals in five games (Oct. 28-Nov. 8), Horvat tied Mikael Samuelsson (2009.10) and Alexandre Burrows (2009.10) as the only Canucks to do so in the last 26 years.
- Earlier this season, Horvat became also the first player in franchise history to have five multi-goal games in the first 13 games.
HARD HITTING SCHENN
With 2,931 career hits, Schenn is only 15 hits away from tying Brooks Orpik (2,946) for most in League-history by a defencemen. Schenn has collected the second-most hits in the NHL this season (91 in 21 GP). Earlier this month, Schenn became the first player in NHL history to record at least three games with 12+ hits in his career following a franchise record-matching 12 hits on Nov. 12 at TOR.
*The NHL began tracking hits in 2005.06.
RECENT CANUCKS MILESTONES
- Ethan Bear appeared in his 200th career NHL game, Nov. 21 vs VGK
- Bo Horvat recorded his 200th career NHL assist, Nov. 5 vs NSH
- Elias Pettersson recorded his 100th career NHL goal, Oct. 18 at CBJ
- Curtis Lazar activated from injured reserve, Nov. 18
- William Lockwood assigned to Abbotsford, Nov. 18
- Karel Plasek on loan to HC Olomouc, Nov. 17
- William Lockwood recalled from Abbotsford, Nov. 15
- Jack Studnicka placed on injured reserve, Nov. 15
THREE STARS – NOVEMBER
- Horvat – 35 pts
- Martin – 10 pts
- Pettersson – 10 pts
- Hughes – 5 pts
- Kuzmenko – 5 pts
- Miller – 5 pts
- Bear – 5pts
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson – 5 pts
OCTOBER WINNER – Horvat, Kuzmenko (10 pts)
*5 points are awarded for each Three Stars selection
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