Canucks At Sharks Game Preview: Another Special Teams Showdown?

CANUCKS

SHARKS

AT

Time Sun. 5:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac.
Season Series 2011-12: 3-0-1 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-3 Canucks Jan.21/12
The Enemy Fear The Fin, Battle Of California Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 2-4-6
Marleau: 8-3-11
Canucks
Category Sharks
2-1-1 Season Record 4-0-0
3rd
Conference Position 2nd
Won 2
Streak Won 4
1-0-0
< Road Record / Home Record >
2-0-0
3.00 (10)
Goals Per Game Average
4.75 (1)
2.75 (14)
Goals Against Per Game Average
1.75 (3)
0.83 (16)
5 On 5 GF/GA 4.00 (2)
27.3 (9)
Power Play %
41.7 (3)
64.3 (29)
Penalty Kill %
68.8 (26)
49.1 (21)
Faceoffs % 56.8 (2)
104 (12)
Hits
82 (18)
45 (24)
Blocked Shots
70.6 (6)
11.2 (5)
PIM's Per Game Average
12.8 (8)
NHL.com

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.

PROJECTED ROSTERS


Cory Schneider

#35 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-2

195

Mar 18, 1986


Sedin - Sedin - Papa Kass

Higgins - Burrows - Hansen

Raymond - Schroeder - Weise

Lapierre - Malhotra - Volpatti

Bieksa - Hamhuis

Edler - Garrison

Ballard - Tanev


Antti Niemi

#31 / Goalie / San Jose Sharks

6-2

210

Aug 29, 1983



Marleau - Thornton - Pavelski

Havlat - Couture - Clowe

Wingels - Handzus - Galiardi

Sheppard - Gomez - Burish

Vlasic - Stuart

Matt Irwin - Boyle

Murray - Justin Braun

LINKS

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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)

-I think that San Jose signing Scott Gomez to a 1-year $700,000 deal was a wise move.

TRENDS

  • 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.

PREDICTION

First of all, here is the Score-Predicting Wizards leaderboard:

raincity: 3
andrew21nz: 2
Meat Mayos: 2
westy99: 2
beardstache: 1
KYCanuck: 1
marcness52: 1
radepalma: 1
Thursday: 1
Vancouverguy: 1

My prediction for the Canucks-Sharks game: 4-2 Canucks, Kassian FTW.

VIDEO


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:

The title of this game preview post has been brought to you by Nirvana:

GO CANUCKS GO!

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