Vancouver Canucks’ 3 stars of the week: J.T. Miller, Quinn Hughes and Conor Garland all hit career milestones

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Dave Hall
14 days ago
With five out of a possible six points earned this week, the Vancouver Canucks have positioned themselves strongly to secure the Pacific Division title.
With 80 games in the books, they now hold a five-point lead over the Edmonton Oilers and can clinch the division with a single point.
Regardless of the outcome of the next two games, the important thing is that PLAYOFF HOCKEY IS COMING TO THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA.
After nearly a decade off, the hiatus is over, and it’s time to get those flags on your cars, folks!
This week witnessed several noteworthy milestones, all of which were highlighted in the selection of the three stars.
Let’s delve into the details.

Third star: J.T. Miller

There’s only been a select few that have hit the 100-point mark wearing a Vancouver Canucks uniform:
  • Henrik Sedin
  • Pavel Bure (x2)
  • Alexander Mogilny
  • Markus Näslund
  • Daniel Sedin
  • Elias Pettersson
And now, you can chalk J.T. Miller for a spot on that list.
With an assist on one of Conor Garland’s three goals this week, Miller officially hit the century mark — which he eventually ran up to 102 by week’s end.
With points in all three matches this week, he’s now riding a 10-game point streak. Throughout the season, he’s been held off the scoresheet only 10 times out of 19 occasions.
That eight-million-dollar cap hit is looking quite nice these days.

Second star: Quinn Hughes

Quinn Hughes is the gift that keeps on giving.
He would finish Saturday night’s game against Edmonton with zero points but still managed to lead the team with five points over the week.
Those numbers put up into a select group of just 15 NHLers to eclipse the 90-point plateau this season and just the 11th defenceman all-time.
With two more games on the schedule, he needs just one more assist to join a list of seven defencemen to produce 75 (or more) assists in a single season.
Even when he’s not providing points, he’s consistently putting out plays worthy of the highlight reel.
Luckily, he is putting up points that are also very much worthy of the highlight reel.
Hughes led the way in Corsi for the second consecutive week with 66.00% CF%, a feat he has maintained for most of the season.
We haven’t even mentioned the offensive puck possession time…

First star: Conor Garland

Quinn Hughes has put himself into elite-level conversations.
J.T. Miller has been this forward’s group’s most dynamic pound-for-pound forward this season.
Thatcher Demko has put together a Vezina-worthy season.
But is there a storyline that tops that of Conor Garland’s 2023-24 season?
From struggling to find his place in the lineup while hearing his name in daily trade conversations to becoming a key driver for any line he’s placed on, the transformation he has taken on this season has been something to embrace.
Funny enough, he’s not even tracking to hit career highs in point totals. Yet, there’s just so much more to his game that warrants praise this season.
Sure, he’s just one goal away from hitting 20 goals for just the second time in his NHL career, but what truly stands out is his relentless and never-quit attitude on the ice.
By now, it’s safe to say that he probably hasn’t heard the word “quit” in his lifetime.
This week was no different, as he notched points in all three games and led the charge with three goals.
He also collected double that of the next Canuck with 17 shots, adding to his high totals for the season. With two games to go, he sits third on the team in shots (197) and just nine behind the team leader Elias Pettersson.
Looking under the hood, he led the forward group in Corsi (64.46%) and was the only player on the team to play all three games without being on the ice for a goal against. The Canucks would outscore their opponents 7-0 with Garland on the ice.
To top it all off, he scored his 100th career goal while reaching his 400th career game milestone.
If a feel-good story is what you’re after, Conor Garland has got you covered.
The Canucks officially close out the 2023-24 regular season this week with games against the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets.
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