Canucks At Sharks Game 3 Preview: Face The Thing That Should Not Be

CANUCKS
WHINERS

AT

Time Fri. 6:00 PM PST
TV CBC, Versus, RDS
 Series 2-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
7-3 Canucks
The Enemy Fear The Fin, Battle Of California Scoring Leaders Kesler: 5-11-16 Thornton: 3-11-14
Canucks
Category Sharks
Won 3
Streak Lost 2
4-2
< Road Record / Home Record >
4-3
+2
Goals For / Against +/- -5
2.67 (9)
Goals Per Game 2.87 (7)
2.53 (4)
Goals Against Per Game 3.20 (12)
1.04 (7)
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.91 (10)
25.5 (4)
Power Play %
18.5 (10)
81.1 (7)
Penalty Kill %
79.4 (10)
32.3 (7)
Shots Per Game 35.7 (3)
29.3 (3)
 Shots Against Per Game 32.8 (9)
75
Winning % When Scoring First 60
4-2
Record When Leading After 1 3-2
3-1
Record When Trailing After 1 2-3
7-1
Record When Leading After 2 4-2
517 (1)
Hits 424 (2)
187 (4)
Blocked Shots
274 (1)
50.7 (6)
Faceoffs % 53.6 (1)
14.9 (12)
PIM's Per Game Average
15.9 (15)
NHL.com

With Ben Eager avoiding suspension the big question is whether or not he'll play in Game 3. Yes, he was a hindrance to the Sharks' hopes to win Game 2 but let's face it: Eager is a monstrous presence on San Jose's 4th line. Did I like his antics? No. But at least he's playing with anger and emotion, something the Sharks are generally lacking in this series. I'm pretty sure Eager, who is now on a short leash with the referees, can come back in Game 3 and play the way he normally plays, which is a fast, super-aggressive, in-your-face crushing style without taking that many penalties. But if he's going out there to injure guys with filthy hits.. then I've got 2 words for him.

That being said...STFU Sharks. I am sick of their whining and complaining. If it's not Boyle, it's Ryan Clowe and Eager. Then again, when they are complaining it means they are not winning. The Canucks are generally skating circles around these guys and generally keeping their cool when the Sharks try to get under their skin. Good stuff! Keep it up, boys, because it's going to be even rougher in the Tank. As for the Sharks, if you played as well as you run your mouths you might not be down 2-0 in this series.

The Sharks are 3-for-3 on the power play in this series. Kudos to the Canucks for not taking many penalties...but what the hell is going on with the PK? Well, here are the 3 power play goals scored by the Sharks:

Game 1 (Patrick Marleau). Nobody covers Marleau. Sloppy coverage. Freebie tip in.

Game 2 (Logan Couture). Edler and Salo get turned into pylons.

Game 2 (Patrick Marleau). All kinds of bad bounces on this one and not-such impressive coverage by Luongo.

I'm sure every Canucks fan is going to be anxious any power play chance the Sharks get. The players need to get a few consecutive kills in to put the PK demon to bed. I don't want L.A. 2010 all over again.

 

LINKS

  • "When you hear Eager call Kevin Bieksa a phoney when last year we had (Darcy) Hordichuk ask him I don't know how many times to fight and he always turned him down," said Vigneault. "And then I think (Rick Rypien) must be 40 or 45 pounds lighter than him and offered him I don't know how many occasions to fight and he turned him down. So we're going to go in there tomorrow and not worry about all that other stuff and play whistle to whistle and play hard." Vigneault is not impressed with Eager.
  • Former ref Kerry Fraser has a lot to say about the Eager fiasco as well, and you're going to like it. (TSN)
  • Dany Heatley has his lowest career NHL points total this season, and it's carrying over into the playoffs. Works for me. 1 assist in 2 games against the Canucks in Round 3.
  • "There’s a lot of series left," Thornton said. "We play well here at home, so they (the home fans at HP Pavilion) can bring us some energy and we can get the win tomorrow." (NHL.com). Yeah, that 4-3 home playoff record is so killer, Joe.
  • The face that goes with the boobs (Puck Daddy). DAAAAAAMNNNNNNN. Hey female Sharks fans....step up to the plate!

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-Jeff Tambellini / Tanner Glass

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 15 867 10 5 33 2.28 399 366 .917 2


Auntie Niemi

#31 / Goalie / San Jose Sharks

6-2

210

Aug 29, 1983

Profile: Wishes he was still a Hawk. Bury this bitch.



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Antti Niemi 15 836 7 7 46 3.30 461 415 .900 0



WHO IS HOT / COLD

CANUCKS

HOT

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

-Henrik Sedin: 2 goals and 7 assists in his last 5. Oh Captain My Captain!

-Daniel Sedin: 3 goals in his last 3 games.

-Raffi Torres: 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games.

-Kevin Bieksa: 2 goals and 1 assist in his last 3.

-Dan Hamhuis: 3 assists in Game 2.

-Chris Higgins: 1 goal and 2 assists in Game 2.

-Mason Raymond: 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 4.

COLD

-Tanner Glass: 0 points in his last 25.

-Sami Salo: 0 points in his last 7.

 

SHARKS

HOT

-Logan Couture: 5 goals and 1 assist in his last 6 games.

-Dan Boyle: 2 goals and 6 assists in his last 7 games.

-Patrick Marleau: 3 goals in his last 3 games.

-Joe Thornton: 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 3.

COLD

-Joe Pavelski: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 8 games.

-Ryane Clowe: no points in his last 3 games.

-Torrey Mitchell: 1 assist in his last 9.

-Scott Nichol: 4th line center has no points in his last 27.

-Kyle Wellwood: 0 points in his last 4.


INJURIES


CANUCKS

-F Manny Malhotra: eye, out for playoffs

-F Mikael Samuelsson: surgery, out for playoffs.

SHARKS

-D Jason Demers: day to day. May play in Game 3.

-F Ryane Clowe: hurt feelings, depression

-F Ben Eager: bad case of stupidity...and hurt feelings.

 

VIDEO

11 minutes of highlights from Game 2:

Hmmm...Fail:

The title of this post is brought to you by Metallica "The Thing That Should Not Be":

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