Sharks At Canucks: Over The Wall!

 SHARKS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Fri. 7:00 PM PST
TV TSN
Season Series (09/10) 3-1 Sharks
Last Meeting
4-2 Sharks Apr. 8/10
The Enemy Fear The Fin, Battle of California Scoring Leaders

  D Sedin: 13-13-26      P Marleau: 10-10-20

Sharks
Category Canucks
10-6-4 Season Record 11-7-3
8th
Conference Position 3rd
Won 1
Streak Won 1
3-3-2
< Road Record / Home Record >
7-2-1
5-2-3
Last 10 5-4-1
+6
Goals For / Against +/- +4
2.95 (12)
Goals Per Game 2.95 (12th)
2.70 (13)
Goals Against Per Game 2.67 (12) ^
1.13 (9)
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.88 (23) v
21.6 (10)
Power Play %
25.6 (1) -
83.7 (10)
Penalty Kill %
86.8 (5) -
35.7 (1)
Shots Per Game 30.8 (16) v
28.2 (5)
 Shots Against Per Game 31.0 (19) v
60.0 (22)
Winning % When Scoring First 81.8  (8) -
80.0 (21)
Winning % When Leading After 2 87.5 (17)
55.6 (2)
Faceoffs % 57.0 (1)
17.6 (28)
PIM's Per Game 13.0 (13) ^
(NHL.com)

UPDATE: It's Luongo vs Niemi. May we shell that f*cker.

Hope you American Canucks fans had a tremendous Thanksgiving!

I said in the season preview that I believed that the Sharks would be our biggest nemesis this season. I still stand by that. It's not unfounded. The Sharks are 10-3 in their last 13 and 13-7 in their last 20 games against the Canucks. Vancouver has a 4-5-1 record against the Sharks at GM Place Rogers Arena over the past few years.

This is the first of 4 meetings against these two supposed Western Conference Superpowers. A couple of cool stats from the Canucks.com preview: The Canucks are 8-0-0 when scoring 4 or more goals this season, Patrick Marleau has 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 2 games against Vancouver.

The Sharks won their last game against Chicago with Antti Niemi beating his old team. But they had lost the previous 3 games before that, 2 of them in OT. Who is cookin' for San Jose? In their last 5 games:

Patrick Marleau has 4 goals and 2 assists, Joe Pavelski has 3 goals and 3 assists, Ryan Clowe has 1 goal and 5 assists, Dany Heatley has 2 goals and 3 assists, Dan Boyle has 1 goal and 3 assists and Joe Thornton has 3 assists. Plenty of offence still for the Sharks. They were shut out in one of those 5 games.

Check out the Sharks' scoring leaders, and how many of them are in the minus category. I thought these guys stressed defence. We could be in for a high scoring game...

-The Sharks, like the Canucks are searching for consistency. (San Jose Mercury News). Their power play isn't overly impressive lately. As the article points out, only 2 defencemen beyond Dan Boyle have a single goal: Niclas Wallin and Mike Moore. Also from the Mercury News piece: ... both goalies (Niemi and Niittymaki) are looking more comfortable, and their stats are getting closer to the marks Nabokov and Thomas Greiss put up last season. The Sharks have a collective 2.66 goals-against average and a .904 saves percentage; last year those numbers were 2.51 and .919.

I can't see why Alain Vigneault will change the roster and lines after the Canucks' convincing 4-2 win over the Avalanche on Wednesday. After this game the Canucks do not play until December 1st. So I'll assume Roberto Luongo starts. With Colorado having the night off, the Canucks can pull ahead by 2 points for the Northwest Division lead.

OK, on to some video:

The last time these 2 teams played in the regular season:

Canucks take this one easy, 3-0

Orca vs Great White:

Not even Eskimos are safe:

Go Canucks Go!

Don't even ask about the preview pics above. But if you do...I typed in Shark woman and Orca woman in Google search and well, those stood out. My creativity is limited lately yet my mind remains in the gutter.

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