Sharks At Canucks Game Preview: The Return Of Wellwood

SHARKS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Thurs. 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac
Season Series 2-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-3 Canucks (Jan. 03/11)
The Enemy Fear The Fin Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 27-32-59 Heatley: 18-25-43
Sharks
Category Canucks
23-19-5 Season Record 29-10-7
10th
Conference Position 1st
Won 2
Streak Lost 2
12-9-2
< Road Record / Home Record >
15-3-3
4-6-0
Last 10 6-2-2
0
Goals For / Against +/- +39
2.74 (16)
Goals Per Game 3.26 (3)
2.77 (15)
Goals Against Per Game 2.39 (4)
0.88 (21)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.29 (4)
22.8 (4)
Power Play %
24.4 (2)
82.5 (13)
Penalty Kill %
83.3 (8)
33.9 (1)
Shots Per Game 32.0 (10)
28.7 (7)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.3 (15) 
71.4 (14)
Winning % When Scoring First 82.8 (2)
75.0 (16)
Winning % When Leading After 1 95.2 (1) 
77.3 (27)
Winning % When Leading After 2 88.0 (17) 
53.7 (2)
Faceoffs % 55.6 (1)
12.0 (13)
PIM's Per Game 11.6 (10) 
NHL.com

Vancouver's schedule doesn't let up all that much. They will still play 4 games over the next 7 nights before the All Star break. At least they will sleep in their own beds for all 4 of them. Thank Garth Butcher for the break, because they will start February with 4 games in 7 nights as well. Perhaps coming with fatigue is their new-found lack of penalty killing ability. They have allowed 4 power play goals against in their last 2 games. 3 came against Colorado. This will have to be remedied fast because as you can see above, the Sharks do the majority of their scoring with the man advantage. It also means they will have to take less penalties, right Raffi Torres? 5 minor penalties against last game, including Henrik's boo-boo in OT,which led to the Avalanche scoring the winning goal.

-Looking forward to seeing what more Sergei Shirokov can do!

-The teams are deadlocked at 3 wins and 3 losses in their last 6 head-to-head.

-Yeah it's comical that the 2 clubs have basically swapped 3rd line centers, with ours being the obvious upgrade.

LINKS

-Kyle Wellwood will center San Jose's 3rd line, flanked by Ben Eager and Benn Ferriero. (Mercury News.com) I look forward to seeing Welly again. In a sense I hope he makes an immediate impact. Can't help but pull for the little guy.

-"That was something I fixed and now I've been in great shape," Wellwood told the San Jose Mercury News. "I've been under 180 pounds, so it's kind of a running joke — you still get fat jokes when you're one of the lightest people in hockey. You just laugh and shake your head."

"It's certainly exciting to go back to Vancouver and play them right away," said Wellwood. "The fans will get a good laugh out of that, I'm sure. I think things ended well there. I have a lot of respect for management and my old teammates. It was just a wonderful experience." (The Province) Don't be so kind, Kyle. Many of the fans were assholes towards you as was your coach.

-The Sharks 3 points out of a playoff spot...I never would have thought it. (NHL.com). They will be hungry in Vancouver. The Canucks can really hurt the Sharks chances with a win.

-The Sharks have won their last 2 games, but have only won 3 of 9 in January. (Sharks Website)

-No Caviar For Hamhuis (Derek Jory @ Canucks.com)

-Scotty Bowman talks about Ryan Kesler's calves. (Canada.com) Not as dirty as it sounds!

 

PROJECTED STARTING GOALIES


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 33 1956 21 8 76 2.33 972 896 .922 2


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Antti Niemi 26 1508 11 13 70 2.79 778 708 .910 2


WHO'S HOT / COLD

 

CANUCKS

HOT

-Daniel Sedin: 9 goals and 6 assists in his last 12 games.

-Ryan Kesler: 6 goals and 4 assists in his last 9.

 

COLD

-Henrik Sedin: 1 assist in his last 4.

-Manny Malhotra: 0 points in his last 10 games.

-Mason Raymond: 0 points in his last 7.

-Mikael Samuelsson: 1 assist in his last 12.

-Jeff Tambellini: 0 points in his last 11.

Yeah, the Canucks are not going to win many games if these guys don't get their shit together.

 

SHARKS

HOT

-Dany Heatley: 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 3 games.

-Patrick Marleau: 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 4.

-Joe Pavelski: 3 assists in his last 2 games.

-Joe Thornton: 3 goals and 5 assists in his last 4 games.

 

COLD

-Devin Setoguchi: 0 points in his last 8 games.

 

INJURIES

CANUCKS

-F Alex Bolduc: separated shoulder

-D Aaron Rome: MCL

-D Andrew Alberts: shoulder

-D Sami Salo: achilles tendon

SHARKS

-Scott Nichol: suspension

-Ryan Clowe: Leg

-Torrey Mitchell: unknown

 

VIDEO

This is why Scott Nichol is suspended:

The last time these teams met:

Kyle Wellwood...in the playoffs:

Pfft...that's just sick, Welly!

Ben Eager is no stranger to the Canucks:

Go Canucks!

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