CANUCKS GAME PREVIEW | Canucks vs. Kings

CANUCKS VS KINGS PREVIEW

TV: Sportsnet Pacific

Radio: SN650

MATCH-UP INFO

  • Tonight marks the third and final meeting between the Canucks and Kings this season: Dec. 6 (4-0 W), Dec. 30 (road), Apr. 28 (home).
  • The Canucks are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games vs Los Angeles (4-0-1 in their last 5).
  • The Canucks have a 115-101-32-11 all-time record in 259 games against the Kings, including a 68-38-16-6 record at home.
  • Among active Canucks skaters, Oliver Ekman-Larsson leads the team in career points vs Los Angeles with 24 points (9-15-24) in 55 games.
  • Elias Pettersson (5-9-14 in 9 GP), Brock Boeser (8-5-13 in 11 GP), J.T. Miller (5-11-16 in 15 GP), and Quinn Hughes (1-5-6 in 6 GP) have all registered at least a point per game in their careers vs Los Angeles.

QUICK NUMBERS

• Elias Pettersson has 19 points (12-7-19) in his last 12 games.

• J.T. Miller has 17 points (3-14-17) in his last 12 games.

• Conor Garland has 15 points (4-11-15) in his last 12 games.

• Alex Chiasson has 10 points (6-4-10) in his last 10 games.

• Quinn Hughes has 13 points (3-10-13) in his last seven games.

• Vasily Podkolzin has nine points (4-5-9) in his last nine games.

• Brock Boeser has six points (2-4-6) in his last five games.

LAST MEETING – DEC. 31/21: VAN 1 at LAK 2 (SO)

Jaroslav Halak turned aside a Brendan Lemieux penalty shot 57 seconds into the third period…Bo Horvat capitalized on the Canucks’ first power play of the game at 12:06 in the third period…J.T. Miller extended his point streak to eight games with an assist while Elias Pettersson also assisted on the play…Bo Horvat scored in the shootout to tie the League-lead (3) this season…Luke Schenn registered a team-high in hits (5) and tied Oliver Ekman- Larsson for most blocks on the team (3)…Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves.

LAST GAME PLAYED – APR. 26/22: VAN 5 vs SEA 2

Sheldon Dries opened the scoring at 2:46 in the first period, assisted by Oliver Ekman-Larsson…J.T. Miller quickly extended Vancouver’s lead just 48 seconds later, with Conor Garland and Quinn Hughes drawing the assists…Oliver Ekman-Larsson registered a multi-point game (1-1-2) with a power play marker at 15:05 in the first period…Conor Garland and Nic Petan assisted on the play…Luke Schenn doubled the Canucks’ lead at 13:10 in the third period, assisted by Matthew Highmore and Quinn Hughes…Hughes (1-2-3) and Garland (0-3-3) connected on Vancouver’s fifth goal at 15:59 in the third to each record a three-point outing…Elias Pettersson led the team in shots (4)…Luke Schenn led in hits (4), while Kyle Burroughs and Tyler Myers shared the lead in blocks (4)…Spencer Martin made 30 saves for his second win of the season.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

• Arturs Silovs recalled from Abbotsford under emergency conditions, Apr. 26

• Tucker Poolman placed on LTIR, Apr. 26

CLOSING IN ON 600

Currently holding a career regular season coaching record of 598-317-124, Bruce Boudreau is just two 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).

SPENCE-TACULAR

Turning aside 30 of 32 shots in a 5-2 win on Apr. 26 vs SEA, Spencer Martin improved his record to 2-0-2 on the season, becoming the fourth goaltender in Canucks history to earn at least a point in each game for each of his first four starts, joining Jason Labarbera (2-0-2 in 2008.09), Johan Hedberg (3-0-1 in 2003.04) and Curt Ridley (6-0-2 in 1975.76).

MILLER TIME

Scoring his 31st goal on Apr. 26 vs SEA, J.T. Miller reached 97 points (31-66-97) this season, tying Todd Bertuzzi (2002.03) for the seventh-highest offensive output in franchise history. Miller is also just 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.

BROKEN RECORDS

Tallying three points (1-2-3) on Apr. 26 vs SEA, Quinn Hughes (8-58-66) surpassed Doug Lidster (1986-87) for most points in a season by a Canucks defenceman (63), one game after passing Dennis Kearns (1976-77) for most assists by a defenceman in a season in franchise history (56). It also marked his 13th career game with three or more points, which now ranks second among defencemen in franchise history behind only Jyrki Lumme (16 times).

SCORING SPREE

Since Mar. 26, Elias Pettersson (14-7-21 in 14 GP) leads the NHL in goals (14) and shooting percentage (28.6%) among skaters with at least 40 shots. He is now up to a career-high 32 goals on the season.

MULTI-GOAL MENACE

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.

30 &THRIVING

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.

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).

WINNING WAYS

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).

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