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Carolina at Vancouver
When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia

Rookie Elias Pettersson's return from injury was a successful one as he helped lead the Vancouver Canucks to victory with a goal and an assist. The Canucks hope for a repeat performance from the 20-year-old Swede as they attempt to conclude their six-game homestand without a regulation loss when they host the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday.

Pettersson, who missed five games with a sprained knee, leads Vancouver - and all NHL rookies - with 23 goals and 44 points after registering his 11th multi-point performance of the season in Sunday's 3-2 victory over Detroit. He also has proven to be a clutch scorer as he is tied for second in the league with seven game-winning tallies for the Canucks, who are 3-0-2 on their homestand. Carolina began its three-game trek through Western Canada with a triumph in Edmonton on Sunday and battled back to earn a point at Calgary before dropping a 3-2 decision in overtime two nights later. Sebastian Aho, who notched three assists against the Oilers, scored with 44 seconds remaining in the third period Tuesday to increase his team-leading totals to 22 goals and 55 points.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FS Carolinas, Sportsnet Pacific (Vancouver)

ABOUT THE HURRICANES (23-20-6): Teuvo Teravainen, who signed a five-year, $27 million contract extension Monday, has recorded an assist in back-to-back contests but has gone 10 games without a goal. The 24-year-old Finn has tallied in only three of his last 27 contests, scoring twice in two of those outings. Micheal Ferland is questionable to face Vancouver as he exited Tuesday's game in the second period with an upper-body injury, which also kept him out of the victory in Edmonton.

ABOUT THE CANUCKS (23-21-6): Bo Horvat ended his 11-game goal-scoring drought in Sunday's 3-2 triumph over Detroit, leaving him two tallies shy of his third consecutive 20-goal season. Brock Boeser has posted back-to-back two-point performances after notching one point over his previous five contests. The 21-year-old right wing is seven points away from 100 for his career.

OVERTIME

1. Canucks D Alex Edler is four goals away from tying Matthias Ohlund (93) for most by a blue-liner in franchise history.

2. Carolina D Jaccob Slavin has notched four assists over the first two games of the team's road trip.

3. Vancouver LW Loui Eriksson needs one goal to reach double digits for the 12th consecutive season.

PREDICTION: Canucks 4, Hurricanes 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Carolina 23-20-4-2 L1 13-8-2-2 10-12-2-0 7-3-0-0 16-17-4-2 7-7-1-1
Vancouver 23-21-3-3 W2 12-9-2-1 11-12-1-2 3-3-0-1 20-18-3-2 6-5-2-1
Last Meeting
Carolina Vancouver
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
10/9/18 VAN 3 CAR 5 33 22 0-2 25 28 2-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Carolina S. Aho 2
Vancouver S. Baertschi 3
Goals Player  
Carolina S. Aho 1
Vancouver S. Baertschi 2
Assists Player  
Carolina J. Slavin 2
Vancouver A. Edler 2
Saves Player  
Carolina C. McElhinney 22
Vancouver J. Markstrom 28
Season
Total Points Player  
Carolina S. Aho 59
Vancouver E. Pettersson 49
Goals Player  
Carolina S. Aho 25
Vancouver E. Pettersson 24
Assists Player  
Carolina S. Aho 34
Vancouver B. Horvat 25
Saves Player  
Carolina P. Mrazek 594
Vancouver J. Markstrom 1079
Quickchart Matchup
Carolina Off vs  Vancouver Def
2.73 GF
3.06 GA
35.8 Shots
30.9 Shots
27 PP
34 PK
Vancouver Off vs  Carolina Def
2.88 GF
2.96 GA
28.9 Shots
28 Shots
27 PP
32 PK