|Time||Wed. 6:00 PM PST
||TV||CBC, Versus, RDS
|The Enemy||Fear The Fin, Battle Of California||Scoring Leaders||
||< Road Record / Home Record >
||Goals For / Against +/-||-2
||Goals Per Game||2.36 (14)
||Goals Against Per Game||2.50 (5)
||5 On 5 GF/GA||0.91 (10)
||Power Play %
||Penalty Kill %
||Shots Per Game||31.9 (8)
||Shots Against Per Game||29.2 (3)
||Winning % When Scoring First||75.0
||Record When Leading After 1||4-2
||Record When Trailing After 1||3-1
||Record When Leading After 2||6-1
||Faceoffs %||51.0 (6)
||PIM's Per Game Average
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.
-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.
-Yankee has all the Canucks/Sharks links covered here.
PROJECTED FORWARDS DRESSED
Torrey Mitchell-Joe Pavelski-Sir Finebark of the Woodshire
#1 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks
Apr 04, 1979
Profile: Ass-kicker, critic-silencer
|2010 - Roberto Luongo||14||808||9||5||30||2.23||368||338||.918||2|
#31 / Goalie / San Jose Sharks
Aug 29, 1983
Profile: Ex Blackhawk so he's dead to me. Bury this bitch.
|2010 - Antti Niemi||14||776||7||6||39||3.01||423||384||.908||0|
WHO IS HOT / COLD
-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.
-Tanner Glass: 0 points in his last 25.
-Alex Burrows: 2 assists in his last 5.
-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.
-F Manny Malhotra: eye, out for playoffs
-F Mikael Samuelsson: lower body. Will not play in game 1.
-D Jason Demers: day to day. May play in Game 2.
Game 1 Highlights:
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