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Sharknado V: Sharks @ Canucks

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With five games left against the San Jose Sharks, this might be the closest the Vancouver Canucks get to a playoff series this year. And with the trade deadline now less than 24 hrs away, most Canucks fans will watch this game with one eye on the television and one eye on Twitter.

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Holy quirky schedule! Having not seen the San Jose Sharks yet this season, the Canucks are set for a steady diet of Shark in the final stretch. San Jose currently sits in 3rd place in the Pacific with 70 points. But they are only 5-3-2 in their last ten games, and they're coming off a classic trap game loss, 3-1 to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. Doug Wilson might be done deadline shopping after two trips to strip the bloated corpse that is the Toronto Maple Leafs. On Monday, they acquired Roman Polak and Nick Spaling for two second round picks and Raffi Torres contract. Yesterday, the Sharks sent Alex Stalock, Ben Smith and a conditional fourth round pick to Toronto for James Reimer and Jeremy Morin.

Even after two straight wins, the Canucks are 8 points out of a Wild-Card playoff spot, though they have four games in hand on the Colorado Avalanche and three in hand on the Nashville Predators. Despite that, the Canucks actual playoff chances still remain grim.

Projected Lineups (per Kevin Kurz)

Vancouver Canucks

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Jannik Hansen

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Jake Virtanen

Emerson Etem -- Markus Granlund -- Linden Vey

Alex Burrows -- Jared McCann -- Derek Dorsett

Ben Hutton -- Chris Tanev

Luca Sbisa -- Alex Biega

Dan Hamhuis (?) -- Matt Bartkowski

Ryan Miller

San Jose Sharks

Tomas Hertl -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Patrick Marleau -- Logan Couture -- Joonas Donskoi

Matt Nieto -- Nick Spaling -- Joel Ward

Melker Karlsson -- Chris Tierney -- Dainius Zubrus

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Dylan DeMelo -- Roman Polak

Martin Jones

Enjoy the game (and the Academy Awards) everyone!