Sharks At Canucks Preview: Here Come The Bastards

Ingrid Visser / Barcroft
Time Thursday, 7:00 PST
TV Sportsnet Vancouver
Season Series 2-1 Sharks
Last Meeting
4-2 Canucks, Nov. 7/13
The Enemy Fear The Fin, Battle Of California Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 3-17-20
Pavelski: 6-13-19

SHARKS
CATEGORY
CANUCKS
11-2-5 SEASON RECORD 11-7-2
27 POINTS 24
5th CONFERENCE POSITION 8th
Won 1
STREAK Lost 2
4-2-4 LAST 10 6-3-1
6-1-3 ROAD RECORD / HOME RECORD 4-3-0
3.61 (1)
GOALS PER GAME AVERAGE 2.65 (16)
2.17 (5) GOALS AGAINST PER GAME AVERAGE 2.60 (16)
1.40 (7) 5 ON 5 GF / GA 1.05 (12)
21.2 (8) POWER PLAY % 9.7 (28)
85.2 (9) PENALTY KILL % 89.4 (1)
53.5 (5) FACEOFF WINS % 51.6 (12)
283 (30) HITS
382 (20)
271 (10) BLOCKED SHOTS 291 (6)
56 (1) MINOR PENALTIES TAKEN 73 (17)
NHL.COM

On November 9, Mike Chen wrote at Fear The Fin:

....the general brain fartiness of the team's play over the past week is concerning. This is the evil twin brother of the Sharks: slow, repetitive, and, at times, stupid. It's been the hallmark of how to slow down or stop the Sharks despite all the high-end talent -- simply push them until they stop skating and fall victim to their own patterns. I think we all hoped that the WAY this season started, more so than the result, would mean that these habits were in the past. I'm sure I'm not the only one that got a little bit of a sinking feeling when these blips showed up.

Read more on that here. This was after the Canucks spanked the Sharks 4-2 in The Tank for their first regulation loss at home this season and the Sharks had also lost 3 other games (in OT and the shootout) in a row. Since then, the Sharks lost 5-4 to the Jets in a shootout and then beat the Flames 3-2 on Tuesday night...in overtime. So the Sharks are not their dominant selves at all lately.....and I like it. I hope it continues at Rogers Arena tomorrow night and that the Canucks chase Antti Niemi again from the net. Can this please be accomplished? Make my day! I hate these bastards.

But the Canucks have their own problems. Their scoring has dried up in 2 consecutive losses after that win over the Sharks, plus their power play still stinks. Not gonna name names, but a local MSM guy is saying it's time for a trade, and it's not Gollum either. Really? That's a little quick to the panic button I'd say, even though I'm sure it was not said in a full-blown panic state of mind. To me, even suggesting it now is silly. Let's see how the team does on their 6 game home stand that will go on for the next 12 days. A 4-3-0 home record so far this season is hardly encouraging, but our boys are full of surprises, and have had plenty of rest.

DAVID BOOTH RETURNS TO SAVE THE DAY

Booth really enjoyed his time in Utica, PLAYING THOSE BIG MINUTES for the "first time in a long time". Yes, he really enjoyed PLAYING THOSE BIG MINUTES:

....Something about BIG MINUTES!!!! Gotta earn those minutes up here, big guy. They aren't gonna fall like manna from Heaven. I know...I'm mean and jaded.

HONEY BADGER DON'T GIVE A SHIT

I cannot wait until Jannik Hansen returns. Today was his first day at practice.

A lineup with Booth and Hansen included is much better than what we have in regards to depth. Now I guess the question is: Can Booth stay healthy long enough to still be in the lineup when Beaker returns? Who else is MIA? Oh right, Dale Weise.

PROJECTED ROSTERS

Sedin - Sedin - Kesler

Higgins - Santorelli - Burrows

Booth - Richardson - Kassian

Sestito - Welsh - Dalpe (let's see if these guys continue to progress)

Edler - Garrison

Hamhuis - Tanev

Stanton - Bieksa

Luongo

For the Bastards:

Marleau - Couture (Bucky) - Misterrrr Kennedy.........Kennedy

Hertl (Hurl) - Divebaby Floatation Device - Wingels

Nieto - Pavelski - Havlat

Sheppard - Desjardins - Brown

Vlasic - Boyle

Stuart - Braun

Hannan - Demers

Finding Niemi

That's a solid roster, and they don't even have Raffi Torres back yet. I hate them, but they are good!

TRENDS

  • Sharks are 44-21 in their last 65 Thursday games.
  • Sharks are 8-17 in their last 25 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Canucks are 5-1 in their last 6 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Canucks are 21-8 in their last 29 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
  • Canucks are 14-6 in their last 20 Thursday games.
  • Canucks are 3-13 in their last 16 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. WTF? Really? I'm not even gonna research that, Covers.com. I trust you.

SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS UPDATE

Can be found here. Azzy Mahmood called 3-1 Ducks, which not only makes him a numbskull, but a smart one at that. patrik e got nothing because he sucks at predicting.

VIDEO

The last time these teams met:

The title of this post has been brought to you by Primus:

GO CANUCKS GO!

PROJECTION:

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Thanks, jimmi.cynic

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