Sharks At Canucks Game 2 Preview: Leading On Your Death's Construction

SHARKS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Wed. 6:00 PM PST
TV CBC, Versus, RDS
 Series 1-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
3-2 Canucks
The Enemy Fear The Fin, Battle Of California Scoring Leaders Kesler: 5-11-16 Clowe: 4-9-13
Sharks
Category Canucks
Lost 1
Streak Won 1
4-3
< Road Record / Home Record >
5-3
-1
Goals For / Against +/- -2
2.86 (7)
Goals Per Game 2.36 (14)
2.93 (10)
Goals Against Per Game 2.50 (5)
1.00 (7)
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.91 (10)
15.4 (10)
Power Play %
22.5 (5)
82.1 (7)
Penalty Kill %
84.3 (6)
36.0 (3)
Shots Per Game 31.9 (8)
32.4 (9)
 Shots Against Per Game 29.2 (3)
66.7
Winning % When Scoring First 75.0
3-2
Record When Leading After 1 4-2
2-3
Record When Trailing After 1 3-1
4-2
Record When Leading After 2 6-1
389 (2)
Hits 474 (1)
262 (1)
Blocked Shots
177 (6)
53.6 (1)
Faceoffs % 51.0 (6)
13.3 (11)
PIM's Per Game Average
13.0 (10)
NHL.com

I can see why Dan Boyle is complaining about the Canucks embellishing. Not only did the Canucks get 4 power plays to the Sharks' 1, the Sharks also cashed in on their only chance with the man advantage. It was only their 2nd PP goal since Game 3 in their series against the Dead Things. The Sharks' 15.4% PP efficiency in the playoffs is not so stellar and actually surprising. It's posturing by Boyle and Douglas Murray to complain about the embellishing and we'll see how it plays out in Game 2, if at all.

Mr. Plank from Fear The Fin praised the Sharks' PK in Game 1, which held the Canucks shot-less in 2 of 4 chances. However, the winning goal by Hank was scored on the PP.

The Sharks want to spend more time in the Canucks' zone in Game 2. They were complimentary of the Canucks' tight defence but vow to dump the puck in and win more battles down low. To make strong plays.

The Canucks can be relentless. We saw a lot of that in Game 1 in a come-from-behind win. Their physicality was superior to San Jose, and it seemed like Joe Pavelski was taking the brunt of the beating. I can't say how pleased I am with line 3's performance and the resurgence of the Sedins. The Sharks boast depth up front but the Canucks showed more of it. They also get their defence active in rushes and it was good to see Kevin Bieksa bag one. Let's hope all this continues.

MISC

-Slowly but surely Roberto Luongo's personal stats are getting better and better. The Canucks' goals against average is improving with it obviously.

-The Canucks have a 3-1 record in the playoffs when trailing after 1 in these playoffs. That is best in the NHL.

-Does Mason Raymond look poised to break out offensively? Yes. Is it going to happen in these playoffs? I'm running out of faith.

For anyone new here, we have a little score-predicting competition going on. In the comments section of this post (only in game preview posts) you can predict the score of the game, the winning team and the game winning goal scorer. See the lower left sidebar on our main page for the leaderboard. If you are unsure of how the points system works feel free to ask in the comments section.

LINKS

-Yankee has all the Canucks/Sharks links covered here.

 

PROJECTED FORWARDS DRESSED

CANUCKS

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alexandre Burrows

Mason Raymond-Ryan Kesler-Christopher Higgins

Raffi Torres-Maxim Lapierre-Jannik Hansen

Victor Oreskovich-Cody Hodgson-Tanner Glass/Jeff Tambellini

SHARKS

Patrick Marleau-Joe Thornton-Devin Setoguchi

Ryane Clowe-Logan Couture-Dany Heatley

Torrey Mitchell-Joe Pavelski-Sir Finebark of the Woodshire

Ben Eager-Scott Nichol-Jamal Mayers/Ben Ferriero


STARTING GOALTENDERS


Roberto Luongo

#1 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-3

217

Apr 04, 1979

Profile: Ass-kicker, critic-silencer



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 14 808 9 5 30 2.23 368 338 .918 2


Antti Niemi

#31 / Goalie / San Jose Sharks

6-2

210

Aug 29, 1983

Profile: Ex Blackhawk so he's dead to me. Bury this bitch.



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Antti Niemi 14 776 7 6 39 3.01 423 384 .908 0



WHO IS HOT / COLD

CANUCKS

HOT

-Ryan Kesler: 5 goals and 7 assists in his last 6.

-Henrik Sedin: 2 goals and 4 assists in his last 4. He's aliiiiive.

-Raffi Torres: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 3 games.

COLD

-Tanner Glass: 0 points in his last 25.

-Alex Burrows: 2 assists in his last 5.

 

SHARKS

HOT

-Logan Couture: 4 goals and 1 assist in his last 5 games.

-Dan Boyle: 2 goals and 5 assists in his last 6 games.

-Patrick Marleau: 2 goals in his last 2 games.

COLD

-Joe Pavelski: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 7 games. Spent most of his time on his ass in Game 1.

-Torrey Mitchell: 1 assist in his last 8.

-Ian White: 1 assist in his last 6.

-Scott Nichol: 4th line center has no points in his last 26 .


INJURIES


CANUCKS

-F Manny Malhotra: eye, out for playoffs

-F Mikael Samuelsson: lower body. Will not play in game 1.

SHARKS

-D Jason Demers: day to day. May play in Game 2.

 

VIDEO

Game 1 Highlights:

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