Vancouver Canucks (10-12-2) vs San Jose Sharks (11-7-4)
Where: SAP Center, San Jose, CA
When: 6:00 pm PST
Where to Watch: Sportsnet Pacific
SB Nation Opposition Blog: Fear The Fin
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Talk about blood in the water, right? The San Jose Sharks have to be licking their chops heading into this one, facing a battered Canucks team that’s on a serious losing streak right now. Sure, losing streaks can’t last forever, and the Canucks will snap it at some point. But given the way these two teams are playing of late, this one seems pretty predictable.
There has been some news since the loss in Anaheim Wednesday night, as the Canucks have sent Brendan Gaunce down to Utica (which is good, as he needs to get some ice time) and in his place called up the Comets’ leading scorer Reid Boucher. Boucher’s struggled to have his AHL success transfer over during call-ups, but with the Canucks playing a much more offensive-minded style this season, perhaps this time it clicks.
One thing that has to change: the number of goals the Canucks are allowing. It’s easy to just blame it all on Jacob Markstrom, but that’s oversimplifying things. The Canucks (as we knew they would be) are not a good defensive team, even more so with the injuries they’re enduring. And against a team with as many weapons as the Sharks have, this is gonna be laid out tonight. It won’t be pretty. One thing is for sure, it’s a godsend that Anders Nilsson is back, because the signs of burnout on Markstrom are glaringly obvious.
From The Province, here’s your potential lineups and injury report.
Canucks Game Day Lines
LW C RW
Tyler Motte — Bo Horvat — Sam Gagner
Nikolay Goldobin — Elias Pettersson — Loui Eriksson
Antoine Roussel — Markus Granlund — Jake Virtanen
Darren Archibald — Adam Gaudette — Tim Schaller
Ben Hutton — Erik Gudbranson
Derrick Pouliot — Chris Tanev
Michael Del Zotto — Troy Stecher
Goalies: Jacob Markstrom, Anders Nilsson
Sharks Game Day Lines
LW C RW
Evander Kane — Joe Pavelski — Joonas Donskoi
Tomas Hertl — Logan Couture — Timo Meier
Marcus Sorensen — Joe Thornton — Kevin Labanc
Barclay Goodrow — Antti Suomela — Melker Karlsson
Joakim Ryan — Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon — Erik Karlsson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic — Justin Braun
Goalies: Martin Jones, Aaron Dell
Canucks: Sven Baertschi (concussion); Jay Beagle (wrist); Brock Boeser (adductor); Alex Edler (knee); Brandon Sutter (shoulder).
Canucks: 20.0% (17th); Sharks: 18.6% (19th)
Canucks: 77.8% (20th); Sharks: 89.2% (2nd)
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
This week featured the 30th Anniversary of the release of a pretty important album in the history of thrash metal. Oakland’s VIO-LENCE put out their debut album ‘Eternal Nightmare’, a seething, snarling beast of an album. Featuring Robb Flynn (who went on to form Machine Head) and the uh, unique vocal stylings of Sean Killian, Vio-lence put out 3 albums and an EP but their impact was massive. Just 7 songs, but each one a ripper. Here’s my favorite from the disc, ‘Kill On Command’.