Funny how we've always said, "Imagine what the Canucks could do with a decent travel schedule and entered the playoffs healthy". Now we know.
Game 1 Sun, Aug 23 7:30 PM (Pacific)
Game 2 Tue, Aug 25 6:45 PM
Game 3 Thu, Aug 27 6:45 PM
Game 4 Sat, Aug 29 5:00 PM
Game 5 Mon, Aug 31 TBD
Game 6 Tue, Sep 1 TBD
Game 7 Thu, Sep 3 TBD
The Canucks and Knights played each other just twice this season, during a five-day stretch in December. Vegas won 6-3 at home on December 15, while Vancouver won 5-4 in overtime on December 19.
The Golden Knights finished the shortened regular season eight points ahead of the Canucks in the standings, albeit in two more games than Vancouver played.
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Elias Pettersson leads the Canucks with 13 points (four goals, nine assists), tied with Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche for the most in the League. J.T. Miller (five goals, five assists) and Quinn Hughes (one goal, nine assists) each scored 10 points. Bo Horvat has scored six goals. Jacob Markstrom, who is tied for the playoff lead in wins with Semyon Varlamov of the New York Islanders, is 7-3-0 with a 2.44 GAA and .929 save percentage.
Mark Stone (four goals, four assists) and Reilly Smith (three goals, five assists) lead the Golden Knights with eight points each this postseason. Shea Theodore (four goals, three assists) and Jonathan Marchessault (two goals, five assists) have each scored seven points, and Alex Tuch has scored four goals. Robin Lehner is 5-1-0 with a 2.44 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. Marc-Andre Fleury is 2-0-0 with a 2.50 GAA and an .886 save percentage.
"I think they're a lot like St. Louis, they're a veteran team and they come to the rink every day," Boeser said. "They know the style of play that they want to play and they work extremely hard. Regardless, we've got to make sure that we come to the rink and keep brining that determination and that work ethic and I think we'll be fine."