CANUCKS VS KRAKEN PREVIEW
TV: Sportsnet Pacific
- Tonight marks the fourth and final meeting between Vancouver and Seattle this season: Oct. 23 (4-2 W), Jan. 1 (5-2 W), Feb. 21 (5-2 W), Apr. 26 (home).
- Vancouver is 3-0-0 this season and all-time vs the Kraken.
- J.T. Miller leads the Canucks in scoring vs Seattle this season with five points (0-5-5) in three games.
- Thatcher Demko has played three times versus Seattle (3-0-0), owning a .933 SV% and a 2.00 GAA.
- Jaroslav Halak has yet to face the Kraken in his career.
- Elias Pettersson has 19 points (12-7-19) in his last 11 games.
- J.T. Miller has 16 points (2-14-16) in his last 11 games.
- Conor Garland has 12 points (4-8-12) in his last 11 games.
- Alex Chiasson has 10 points (6-4-10) in his last nine games.
- Quinn Hughes has 10 points (2-8-10) in his last six games.
- Vasily Podkolzin has nine points (4-5-9) in his last eight games.
- Brock Boeser has six points (2-4-6) in his last four games.
LAST MEETING – FEB. 21/22: VAN 5 vs SEA 2
Tyler Motte opened up scoring with a goal only 11 seconds into the game…Juho Lammikko and Matthew Highmore recorded assists on the play…Travis Hamonic scored his first goal of the season at 3:45 in the second period to tie the game up…Juho Lammikko (0-2-2) and Tyler Motte (1-1-2) recorded multi-point games by assisting on the play…J.T. Miller (0-2-2) and Elias Pettersson (0-2-2) each recorded two assists, resulting in four Canucks players tallying multi-point games…Vasily Podkolzin scored the GWG at 16:41 in the second period..Bo Horvat collected his 50th career power play goal at 0:35 in the third period…Tanner Pearson scored an empty-netter to grant the Canucks their fifth goal of the night…The Canucks recorded a season-high of 46 shots…J.T. Miller led the game in hits (7) and face-off wins (13)…Quinn Hughes led in TOI (25:47)…Thatcher Demko faced 27 shots.
LAST GAME PLAYED – APR. 23/22: VAN 3 at CGY 6
Quinn Hughes scored at 18:46 in the second period to cut the deficit to one goal…Vasily Podkolzin and J.T. Miller assisted on the play…Conor Garland tied the game with his 18th goal at 5:36 in the third period, assisted by Tyler Myers and J.T. Miller…Elias Pettersson tallied his 32nd goal at 17:35 in the third period…Quinn Hughes tied Doug Lidster for most points in a season by a Canucks d-man (63) with an assist, while J.T. Miller registered his third point of the game (0-3-3)…Conor Garland and J.T. Miller co-led the team in shots (5)…Oliver Ekman-Larsson led Vancouver in blocks (3)…Thatcher Demko faced 30 shots.
- Spencer Martin recalled from Abbotsford under emergency conditions, Apr. 20
Registering a goal and assist on Apr. 23 at CGY, Quinn Hughes (7-56-63) tied Doug Lidster (1986-87) for most points in a season by a Canucks defenceman (63) and passed Dennis Kearns (1976-77) for most assists by a defenceman in a season in franchise history (56).
CLOSING IN ON 600
Currently holding a career regular season coaching record of 597-317-124, Bruce Boudreau is just three wins shy of becoming the 22nd coach in NHL history and just the fifth active head coach to reach 600 regular season wins. Among coaches with 600 wins to their name, Boudreau’s .635 points-percentage would rank second only to Scotty Bowman (.657).
Since Mar. 26, Elias Pettersson (14-7-21 in 13 GP) leads the NHL in goals (14) and shooting percentage (31.1%) among skaters with at least 30 shots. He is now up to a career-high 32 goals on the season.
Potting his 30th and 31st goals of the season on Apr. 21 at MIN, Elias Pettersson became the first Canuck to record seven multi-goal games in a single season since Ryan Kesler (9) and Daniel Sedin (7) did so in 2010-11.
Elias Pettersson netted two goals on Apr. 21 vs MIN to join Bo Horvat (31) and J.T. Miller (30) to form the first Canucks trio to each reach 30 goals in a season since Alexander Mogilny (55), Trevor Linden (33), and Martin Gelinas (30) did so in 1995-96.
- With 96 points (30-66-96) so far this season, J.T. Miller has already earned sole possession of the eighth-highest offensive output in franchise history.
- Collecting two points (1-1-2) on Apr. 19 vs OTT, J.T. Miller (30-63-93) became the second player in Canucks history to record both 30 goals and 60 assists in a season, joining Daniel Sedin (41-63-93) in 2010-11.
- Helping set up all but two of his team’s goals in a 7-1 crushing of the Coyotes on Apr. 14, Miller set career-highs in both assists (5) and points (5) in a game. Miller is the fifth player in Canucks history with a five-assist game and the first to do so since Markus Naslund (Feb 25, 2003 vs ATL).
QUINN FOR THE WIN
On Apr. 19 vs OTT, Quinn Hughes (0-2-2) appeared in his 200th NHL game and boosted his career totals to 17-141-157 (200 GP). His 141 assists are the most by any Canucks player through their first 200 career games with the club ahead of Pavel Bure (110), Thomas Gradin (110) and Patrik Sundstrom (104). His 157th career point also ranks fifth-most by a U.S.-born defenceman through 200 career games behind Phil Housley (192), Brian Leetch (191), Mark Howe (189) and Gary Suter (178).
Making 28 saves in his team’s 6-2 win on Apr. 18 vs DAL, Thatcher Demko became just the third goaltender in franchise history to register 33 wins in a season, joining Roberto Luongo (5x) and Dan Cloutier (2003-04). On Apr. 12 vs VGK, Thatcher Demko passed Ryan Miller for seventh-most wins (65) by a Canucks goaltender in 19 fewer games played.
RECENT CANUCKS MILESTONES
- Quinn Hughes, 200 Games Played, Apr. 19 vs OTT
- Elias Pettersson – 200 Points, Mar. 26 at DAL
- Bo Horvat – 4 games
- Tanner Pearson – 7 games
- Tucker Poolman – 9 games
- Nils Höglander – 18 games
- Brady Keeper – 79 games
- Brandon Sutter – 79 games
Total man games lost (due to injuries or illness): 432 games