Canucks At Sharks Preview: Tonight, Tonight

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CANUCKS

SHARKS

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AT

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TIME:

Monday. 7:30 PM PST

TV

Sportsnet Pacific

SEASON SERIES:

2-0 Sharks

LAST MEETING

3-2 Sharks Mar. 05 /13

THE ENEMY

Fear The Fin

SCORING LEADERS

H. Sedin: 9-22-31

Thornton: 5-26-31

CANUCKS
CATEGORY
SHARKS
19-10-6 SEASON RECORD 17-11-6
44 POINTS 40
4th CONFERENCE POSITION 6th
Lost 1
STREAK Won 4
7-3-0 LAST 10 6-4-0
9-5-3 ROAD RECORD / HOME RECORD 11-1-4
2.51 (19) GOALS PER GAVE AVERAGE 2.32 (28)
2.43 (8) GOALS AGAINST PER GAME AVERAGE 2.38 (6)
1.11 (8) 5 ON 5 GF / GA 0.93 (21)
12.8 (30) POWER PLAY % 18.4 (15)
81.4 (14) PENALTY KILL % 86.8 (3)
47.2 (27) FACEOFF WINS % 53.0 (2)
365 (18) ROAD HITS / HOME HITS
338 (26)
408 (28) BLOCKED SHOTS 562 (5)
137 (21) MINOR PENALTIES TAKEN 124 (6)
NHL.COM

Well if there was one team the Canucks would be better off not to face to get their power play going it would be the San Jose Sharks. The 3rd best PK in the NHL going up against the 30th team on the power play. Excuse me while I don't seem overly optimistic about this one.

It will be great to see Nicklas Jensen and Billy Sweatt crack the lineup for this one. Love having another Dane on the team. Somebody to talk Danish on the bench with Beaker. Billy Sweatt is hopefully going to create more chances than Andrew Gordon did. He's full of piss and vinegar. Always liked him.

A lot going on in Canuckville lately. TSN put up a piece on Sunday about the Canucks actively fielding calls on Roberto Luongo before the deadline. The Canucks are talking to multiple teams with talks that are beyond the kicking tire stage.

"We need a third-line centre, but no one is going to steal Roberto from us," Laurence Gilman stated. "We're not moving him for a rental. We need something for today and tomorrow."

Is this the last time we see Roberto Luongo in a Canucks jersey? Damn it. Probably.

I'm not too concerned about the 4-0 loss to the Oilers. Teams shit the bed over the course of a season. I expect the Canucks to play much better in this one.....but the Sharks are rollin', baby, so it ain't gonna be easy.

PROJECTED ROSTERS

Schneider

Sedin - Sedin - Burrows

Raymond - Schroeder - Hansen

Higgins - Ebbett - Pinizzotto

Sweatt - Lapierre - Jensen

Hamhuis - Garrison

Edler - Bieksa

Alberts - Tanev

FOR THE SHARKS

Niemi

Havlat - Thornton - Burish

Marleau - Couture - Wingels

Galiardi - Pavelski - Clowe

Sheppard - Gomez - Desjardins

Irwin - Boyle

Stuart - Braun

Vlasic - Burns

Lots of centers on this team. Mike Gillis was in San Jose watching the Sharks' game on Saturday night.

TRENDS

  • Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
  • Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Canucks are 0-5 in their last 5 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
  • Canucks are 1-0-1 in Monday games this season.
  • Sharks are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference.
  • Sharks are 5-1 in their last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Sharks are 8-2 in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Sharks are 9-3 in their last 12 vs. Northwest.
  • Sharks are 4-9 in their last 13 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Sharks are 1-4 in their last 5 Monday games.
  • 62% of the folks at Covers.com have the Sharks taking this one.

SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS UPDATE

No changes, as nobody picked the Oilers spanking the Canucks and Taylor Hall breaking Wayne Gretzky's Oilers record for quickest hat trick in a single game.

VIDEO

The Canucks lost so Soundgarden is out. The title of this game preview post is brought to you by the Smashing Pumpkins:

GO CANUCKS GO!

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