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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks @ San Jose

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Out of the frying pan and into the Shark Tank

Vancouver Canucks v San Jose Sharks Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images

Another prototypical Canucks game last night: Get outplayed, sub-par goaltending and score a few goals that make it look closer than it was. Add in the Boeser goal and you have a perfect Canucks game. Well, perfect if you’re hoping they can somehow snag the first overall pick, because as we saw in yesterday’s press conference and subsequent interviews, it sure as hell seems like these guys either don’t understand how badly this team is built, or they think that their fanbase doesn’t understand it.

It certainly wasn’t encouraging news to hear Jim Benning say not only were they still very intent on re-signing Eric Gudbranson, but that they didn’t really think they need to move Thomas Vanek, despite him being a very much tradeable and desirable asset as the deadline approaches. This team should be loading up on picks, not putting together another version of the same teams we’ve been enduring the last 4 seasons. But, this is a multi-layered discussion for other days.

After taking over in the 2nd period last night for Jacob Markstrom, the Canucks may give Anders Nilsson his scheduled start tonight. Nilsson was solid in relief, but given that he played 40 minutes last night, maybe they give Markstrom a chance to redeem himself? Either way, whoever’s in net tonight will likely have nightmares when it’s over as the Sharks have moved Brent Burns up onto the top line. No, that’s not a typo. With Tomas Hertl going down Tuesday against Arizona, the Sharks opted to call up a defenceman from their AHL club and move the bearded one onto the line with Joe Pavelski and Timo Meier.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

It wouldn’t be a trip to the Bay Area without paying tribute to its greatest export: Thrash metal. Here’s Vio-lence with “World In A World”.