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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks @ San Jose- Mar 2/17

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There were 3 things that Jim Benning needed to do this week. 2 of them he did in far better fashion than any could have imagined. While we still don't know if there's a plan going forward, the Canucks look to have embraced rebuilding wholeheartedly, and I couldn't be happier about that.

Thanks, Beaker.
Thanks, Beaker.
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Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks

7:00 PM PT - Rogers Arena- Vancouver, BC

TV: SNP - Radio: TSN 1040

I need to stress however, that this doesn't mean it can't all blow up in their faces. Though I am giving Jimbo a pass on trading Miller yesterday, simply because no one was gonna be able to move a goalie in this climate (though you have to wonder about the message that sends to Dallas Stars fans, being that close to the playoffs with that goaltending, yeesh...). While the team is getting younger as they start the process of shaping next year's squad, there's still a chance they re-sign Ryan Miller for next season. Miller will be 37, and the 2nd oldest goalie in the league after Roberto Luongo. We're already (partially) paying for one old goalie, must we really pay for two?

Canucks
CATEGORY
Sharks
28-29-7 SEASON RECORD 37-18-7
59 Points 81
6th Division Position 1st
OT 1
Streak Won 2
2.27 (29)
Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
2.76 (16)
2.85 (20)
Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
2.34 (2)
14.1 (28) Power Play % 17.4 (20)
77.1 (26) Penalty Kill % 81.5 (13)
51.6 (8) Faceoff Win % 48.1 (25)
8.1 (26)
Shooting % 9.0 (16)
48.9 (22)
Corsi For % 50.9 (10)
98.9 (22)
PDO 100.5 (9)

Stats from NHL.com and www.hockey-reference.com

THE OPPOSITION

Well, you can certainly say the San Jose Sharks are going for it. They made one move, but it's a significant one, adding long time Canucks F Jannik Hansen Monday night. They gave up a pretty solid prospect in Nikolay Goldobin to get the one known affectionately by those here as The Honey Badger, The Great Dane or most commonly at NM, Beaker. He's a great pickup for the Sharks, adding a solid, hardworking 2 way player who has a fair amount of playoff experience himself. We will miss the hell outta him, but will enjoy seeing him raise the Cup for the Sharks (because that conditional pick becoming a 1st rounder would be sweet).

THE CANUCKS

While the rotating faces continue, one familiar one could be back for the Canucks tonight as we may see Sven Baertschi get the clearance to return to the lineup tonight. Goldobin will not be available, as he is back in Vancouver sorting out the necessary immigration issues, but they could have waiver wire pickup from yesterday Joseph Cramarosa available to play. Goldobin should be able to play either Saturday in LA or the next night in Anaheim.

The Canucks now have just 4 players remaining from the team that lost game 7 in 2011: Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Alexander Edler and Christopher Tanev. The rebuild is starting and while it took far too long to get to this point, myself and many other Canucks fans are thankful that the team is finally going to look to the future and craft a new vision for this team. A vision that cannot be centered around the Sedins, but the youth of this team. It will be painful for a while. But if this works, it could end up being fun again, and I think we all miss the hell out of the way things were a few years back.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

Another new video from HAVOK, pulling zero punches once again. Here's 'Intention to Deceive' from the album CONFORMICIDE.