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Game Preview: Sharks At Canucks: You Can't Front On That

Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Time 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific, CSN
Season Series 2-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
3-1 Canucks Dec.30/14
The Enemy Fear The Fin Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 10-32-42
Pavelski: 27-19-46

28-18-3 SEASON RECORD 27-18-7
59 Points 61
8th Conference Position 6th
Won 1
Streak Lost 1
2.69 (18)
Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
2.73 (15)
2.55 (12)
Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
2.65 (18)
18.0 (16) Power Play % 21.0 (8)
86.3 (4) Penalty Kill % 81.6 (16)
0.96 (21) 5 on 5
0.90 (24)
48.2 (22) Faceoff Winning %
51.8 (7)
0.94 (21) Penalty Minutes / GP
1.13 (8)

First off: how about some solid good news?

From the Sharks' page:

The Vancouver Canucks will try to remain perfect against the San Jose Sharks this season after winning twice at SAP Center. Ryan Miller allowed three goals on 68 shots in the two victories, and Radim Vrbata had a goal in each game.

Vancouver is 4-for-42 in its past 12 games (on the power play.)

Seriously. Not gonna win many games that way, unless you are a 5 on 5 MASTER, which the Canucks are NOT.

Nice to see the Sharks suck 5 on 5 as well. Watch out for that SJ power play though. Could be a factor here.

-Joe Pavelski. About 30 years old. 27 goals so far this season. Very impressive. Complete Sharks player stats here.

-Know why the Sharks are not on top of he Pacific Division standings? Because Raffi Torres has not played a game this season due to a knee injury.

-Joe Thornton continues to put up points at the tender age of 35. 11 goals and 44 points in 48 games this season. Actually, that's about Sedin-level. So...m'eh.

More updates to come, after I get my ass out of bed after a night shift.

Score-Predicting Wizards Update? Give me 24 hours or so. I need to stop having kids and it to stop fucking snowing outside.

Last time these teams met:

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