CANUCKS GAME DAY PREVIEW | Sharks at Canucks

CANUCKS VS SHARKS PREVIEW

TV: SNP &SN1
Radio: SN650

MATCH-UP INFO

  • Tonight marks the third and final meeting between Vancouver and San Jose this season: Dec. 16 (5-2 W), Feb. 17 (5-4 OT W), Apr. 9 (home).
  • The Canucks have a 60-55-9-7 all-time record against the Sharks, including a 27-26-4-5 record at home.
  • The Canucks are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games vs San Jose (4-1-0 in their last 5).
  • Among active Canucks skaters, Oliver Ekman-Larsson leads the team in career scoring vs San Jose with 25 points (8-17-25) in 52 games.
  • Jaroslav Halak has faced the Sharks 15 times in his career (7-6-0), posting a .907 SV% and a 2.68 GAA.
  • Thatcher Demko has faced San Jose five times in his career (5-0-0), owning a .923 SV% and a 2.18 GAA.

QUICK NUMBERS

  • J.T. Miller has 24 points (8-16-24) in his last 16 games.
  • Bo Horvat has 18 points (13-5-18) in his last 16 games and is currently on a three-game goal streak (4-1-5 3GP).
  • Quinn Hughes has 12 points (1-11-12) in his last 16 games.
  • Elias Pettersson has 14 points (7-7-14) in his last 10 games.
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson has seven points (0-7-7) in his last seven games.
  • Alex Chiasson has five points (3-2-5) in his last four games.
  • Conor Garland has four points (0-4-4) in his last four games.

LAST MEETING – FEB. 17/22: VAN 5 at SJS 4 (OT)

Brock Boeser opened the scoring with his second goal in as many games at 14:54 in the first period…J.T. Miller and Oliver Ekman-Larsson assisted on the play, with Ekman-Larsson extending his point streak to five games (2-5-7)…Quinn Hughes added to Vancouver’s lead at 17:40 in the first period with an unassisted marker…Juho Lammikko tallied his fifth of the season on a deflection from Kyle Burroughs at 10:49 in the second period…Conor Garland restored the Canucks’ lead at 14:23 in the third period, assisted by Elias Pettersson and Kyle Burroughs…Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes combined on J.T. Miller’s overtime winner as each player recorded a two-point game…Nils Höglander led all Canucks in shots (4)…Travis Hamonic led all skaters in blocked shots (6)…Thatcher Demko faced 28 shots.

LAST GAME PLAYED – APR. 7/22: VAN 5 at ARI 1

Alex Chiasson (2-1-3) opened up scoring with a power play goal at 3:12 in the first period…Chiasson also scored the Canucks 5th goal of the evening on the PP, tying career highs for goals (2) and points (3) in a game and setting a new career high for most PPG’s in a game (2)…Captain Bo Horvat (2-1-3) collected the GWG and with his second goal of the night he recorded his first career 30-goal campaign…Horvat also won 17/17 face-offs (100%) and was named first star of the game…Elias Pettersson (1-2-3) also notched a three-point game with a goal of his own and helpers on both of Chiasson’s goals…In their first game at Gila River Arena in Canucks jerseys, Oliver Ekman-Larsson (0-1-1) and Conor Garland (0-2-2) both made the score sheet…Vasily Podkolzin (0-2-2) recorded a multi-point game…J.T. Miller collected an assist to extend his point streak to four games (1-4-5 4GP)…William Lockwood led the game in hits (7)…Travis Dermott led the game in TOI (22:09)…Jaroslav Halak made 28 saves.

LAST 5 vs SAN JOSE

  • 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
  • Dec. 14/19: VAN 2 at SJS 4

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • Jack Rathbone reassigned to Abbotsford and Sheldon Dries recalled under emergency conditions, Apr. 7
  • Kyle Burroughs activated from injured reserve, Apr. 6
  • Jack Rathbone recalled under emergency conditions from Abbotsford, Apr. 5

RED HOT HORVAT

Bo Horvat scored twice (2-1-3) on Apr. 7 at ARI to record his first career 30-goal campaign and became the first Canucks player to reach the mark in a season since Radim Vrbata in 2014-15 (31). Bo is the 31st player in Canucks history to score 30 goals in a season. Horvat now has 13 goals in his last 15 games, which is t-1st in the NHL since Mar. 9 (tied with Connor McDavid and Austin Matthews).

KILLER INSTINCT

Going 2-for-2 on the penalty kill for the third straight game on Apr. 7 at ARI, the Canucks improved to 22-for-25 (92.0%) on the kill since Mar. 20, ranking second in the League during that stretch.

EXCEPTIONAL ELIAS

Collecting a goal and two assists in a 5-1 win on Apr. 7 at ARI, Elias Pettersson registered his 51st career multi-point game. Since his NHL debut in 2018-19, Pettersson trails only J.T. Miller for most multi-point games (55) by a Canuck.

PHYSICAL FORCE

Led by Kyle Burrough’s nine hits, the Canucks recorded a season-high 45 hits on Apr. 6 at VGK, which is tied for the most hits in a game by Vancouver (also Nov. 27/19 at PIT) since the NHL began regularly tracking hits in 2005-06.

JUST LIKE THATCH

Turning aside 33 of 34 shots on Apr. 6 at VGK, Thatcher Demko became the first Canucks goaltender since Ryan Miller in 2014-15 to win 29 games in a season. Demko is now one win shy of becoming the first Canucks netminder to win 30 games in a season since Roberto Luongo (31 W) in 2011-12.

LAMP LIGHTER

On Apr. 6 at VGK, Pettersson (2-2-4) recorded his 14th career multi-goal game (fourth this season). Since his League debut in 2018-19, the only Canucks skater with more multi-goal efforts is Bo Horvat (15).

MILLER TIME

Netting his team-leading 29th goal of the season on Apr. 3 vs VGK, J.T. Miller became the third-fastest player in franchise history to record 200 points, joining Pavel Bure (174 GP) and Alexander Mogilny (179 GP) as the only other players to reach the milestone in under 200 games.

CURRENT INJURIES

  • Quinn Hughes – 2 games
  • Brock Boeser – 2 games
  • Tucker Poolman – 2 games
  • Matthew Highmore – 6 games
  • Nils Höglander – 11 games
  • Brady Keeper – 72 games
  • Brandon Sutter – 72 games

Total man games lost (due to injuries or illness): 386 games

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