|Time||Sun. 5:00 PM PST
|Season Series||2011-12: 3-0-1 Canucks
||4-3 Canucks Jan.21/12
|The Enemy||Fear The Fin, Battle Of California||Scoring Leaders||D. Sedin: 2-4-6
||< Road Record / Home Record >
||Goals Per Game Average
||Goals Against Per Game Average
||5 On 5 GF/GA||4.00 (2)
||Power Play %
||Penalty Kill %
||Faceoffs %||56.8 (2)
||PIM's Per Game Average
Another Californian team that is on a role and needs to be stopped. As you can see from the above stats, the Sharks are in the top 10 in most of the big categories as a result of their early domination.
Patrick Marleau has 8 goals and 11 points in the first 4 games. Really. The Sharks have scored 19 goals total. So that means sir Patrick has accounted for 42% the Sharks' goal output. So that means we need to see this happen:
Hell yea! 4 of his 8 goals are power play goals. So here we go again. The Canucks need to play disciplined like they did against the Ducks on Friday night and control the flow of the game. Let those bastards unravel. As you can see on the stat chart above, both the Canucks and Sharks have been lousy on the penalty kill so far, so look for this to be a huge factor in the game.
MISC: Still waiting for Chris Higgins to bag one. The puck just doesn't seem to be finding him. Mason Raymond does not have that problem. Atta boy, MayRay! Maybe he's back with a vengeance. We really need him to be. I look forward to the continued chemistry between him and Jordan Schroeder.
Sedin - Sedin - Papa Kass
Higgins - Burrows - Hansen
Raymond - Schroeder - Weise
Lapierre - Malhotra - Volpatti
Bieksa - Hamhuis
Edler - Garrison
Ballard - Tanev
Marleau - Thornton - Pavelski
Havlat - Couture - Clowe
Wingels - Handzus - Galiardi
Sheppard - Gomez - Burish
Vlasic - Stuart
Matt Irwin - Boyle
Murray - Justin Braun
Until general manager Mike Gillis gets the right return on that deal he’s hinted at — and approaches Luongo who has a no-trade clause and will waive it for the right destination — the goalie doesn’t want to dwell on the daily dose of rumours and speculation.
"That’s what I told him," said Luongo. "I don’t really want to be bothered on a day-to-day basis with that stuff, and I’ve pretty much given him the green light to do whatever."
What do you mean, Lou? That you'll go to pretty much any team? Iiiiiinteresting.
More at the Province.
-Patrick Marleau is good at hockey. (Fear The Fin)
- Canucks are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Canucks are 6-2 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Canucks are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Pacific.
- Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 Sunday games.
- Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Northwest.
- Sharks are 6-2 in their last 8 home games.
- Sharks are 5-2 in their last 7 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
- Sharks are 5-2 in their last 7 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- Sharks are 5-17 in their last 22 Sunday games.
- What, none of these teams like playing on Sundays? I blame God.
First of all, here is the Score-Predicting Wizards leaderboard:
Meat Mayos: 2
My prediction for the Canucks-Sharks game: 4-2 Canucks, Kassian FTW.
Last night, Sharks defenceman destroyed Gabriel Landeskog, and then got beat down by Ryan O'Byrne:
I just want to thank the Sharks for being part of a moment that I will never forget:
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