Canucks At Sharks Game 4 Preview: Got Some Death To Do

CANUCKS
SHARKS

AT

Time Sun. 12:00 PM PST
TV CBC, NBC, RDS
 Series 2-1 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-3 Sharks
The Enemy Fear The Fin, Battle Of California Scoring Leaders Kesler: 5-11-16 Thornton: 3-14-17
Canucks
Category Sharks
Lost 1
Streak Won 1
4-3
< Road Record / Home Record >
5-3
+1
Goals For / Against +/- -4
2.69 (9)
Goals Per Game 2.94 (7)
2.62 (7)
Goals Against Per Game 3.19 (12)
1.04 (7)
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.91 (10)
25.9 (3)
Power Play %
20.3 (9)
79.4 (9)
Penalty Kill %
78.6 (10)
32.2 (7)
Shots Per Game 35.8 (3)
29.9 (4)
 Shots Against Per Game 32.6 (9)
75
Winning % When Scoring First 63.6
4-2
Record When Leading After 1 4-2
3-2
Record When Trailing After 1 2-3
7-1
Record When Leading After 2 5-2
545 (1)
Hits 443 (2)
209 (4)
Blocked Shots
300 (1)
50.9 (6)
Faceoffs % 53.0 (1)
15.9 (14)
PIM's Per Game Average
16.4 (15)
NHL.com

Well at least we don't have to wait too long between games. Sunday's game is a 12:00 PST start and let's hope the Canucks' parade to the penalty box and horrible penalty killing stops. At least it got better after the Sharks scored on their first 5 power plays of the series, including the first 2 PP chances of Game 3. I had a feeling this was going to be an issue in Game 3. During the game I was hoping they would take more penalties so they would snap out of the PK funk. That more or less happened, as they killed (I believe) 6 of the final 7 penalties of the game. We know how good the Canucks' PK CAN be.

That was a good thing. So was almost coming back from a 4-1 deficit late in the 3rd period. The Canucks have to show that work ethic again, right off the opening faceoff. That style of play that makes the Sharks look like they are 2 steps behind. Speed. This is why I am still angered by the benching of Cody Hodgson and Jeff Tambellini in favor of Alexandre Bolduc and Tanner Glass. But more the Tambo for Glass trade off. Why did he change up what was working so well in Games 1 and 2? Because the Sharks were promising physicality in Game 3? Really?

F**k their physicality. Beat them on the score sheet. Jamie McGinn wants to run guys? Hit him back, but beat them on the score sheet. Tanner Glass, even though he plays minor minutes, needs to ride the pine. I'm sick of his futility and invisibility. At least when CoHo and Tambo are out there you notice them, and they pose more of a scoring threat. Speed kills, AV. You know that.

The loss of Ehrhoff and his 2 goals and 11 points hurts. The loss of Aaron Rome's general stability and physicality is less painful. Adding Keith Ballard and Andrew Alberts takes care of stability and size back there. But somebody else is going to have to step up and put up some points. Salo? His 1 goal and no assists in 12 playoff games is not acceptable. He gets the power play time but is ice cold offensively.

LINKS

-Chris Tanev called up for insurance (The Province).

-The Kurtenbloggers give props to Sharks fans (video).

-Obviously, Jamie McGinn will play on Sunday (Globe and Mail)

-Joe Thornton has 1 goal and 5 assists in this series. 4 of those 6 points have come on the PP. Jumbo Joe is in a 3 way tie for top spot in playoff scoring.

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

Jamie McGinn-Scott Nichol-Andrew Desjardins/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 16 926 10 6 37 2.40 437 400 .915 2


Auntie Niemi

#31 / Goalie / San Jose Sharks

6-2

210

Aug 29, 1983

Profile: Not Pekka Rinne, not that I mind



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Antti Niemi 16 896 8 7 49 3.28 491 442 .900 0



WHO IS HOT / COLD

CANUCKS

HOT

-Henrik Sedin: 2 goals and 8 assists in his last 6.

-Alexandre Burrows: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 3.

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

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

-Dan Hamhuis: 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 2.

-Jannik Hansen: 3 assists in his last 3 games.

-Chris Higgins: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 2.

-Mason Raymond: 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 5.

COLD

-Ryan Kesler: 1 assist this series.

-Tanner Glass: 0 points in his last 26.

-Victor Oreskovich: 0 points in his last 12.

-Sami Salo: 0 points in his last 8.

-Jeff Tambellini: 0 points in his last 27 games.

 

SHARKS

HOT

-Logan Couture: 5 goals and 1 assist in his last 7 games.

-Dan Boyle: 3 goals and 7 assists in his last 8 games.

-Patrick Marleau: 5 goals and 1 assist  in his last 4 games.

-Joe Thornton: 1 goal and 6 assists in his last 4.

COLD

-Joe Pavelski: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 9 games.

-Dany Heatley: 1 assist in his last 4 games.

-Torrey Mitchell: 1 assist in his last 10.

-Scott Nichol: 4th line center has no points in his last 28.

-Kyle Wellwood: 0 points in his last 5.

-Jamal Mayers: 0 points in his last 15.


INJURIES


CANUCKS

-F Manny Malhotra: eye, out for playoffs

-F Mikael Samuelsson: surgery, out for playoffs.

-D Christian Ehrhoff: shoulder, caput

-D Aaron Rome: concussion

SHARKS

-D Jason Demers: day to day. Did not practice Saturday. Doubtful for Game 4.

 

VIDEO

Game 3 Highlights:

No. Just no.

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