Sharks-Canucks Game 1 at a glance

Sharks-Canucks Game 1 at a glance
May 1, 2013, 10:15 am
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INSIDE THE MATCHUP

- San Jose dropped a 3-2 decision to the Kings on Saturday, and with losses in three of its last four contests, ended with the No. 6 seed in the playoffs. The Sharks have now made the postseason nine consecutive campaigns -- the second-longest active streak in the league (Detroit -- 22).

- The Canucks were blown out, 7-2, by the Oilers on Saturday and finished up the regular season by losing four of their last six games overall (2-3-1 record). Vancouver has made the playoffs five straight seasons by winning the Northwest Conference in each of those campaigns.

- The Sharks beat the Canucks all three times the two clubs met in 2012-13, including a 3-2 shootout win at Rogers Arena on March 5. San Jose and Vancouver have split the last 10 regular-season meetings overall, with nine of tilts were settled by a single tally.

- Including a marker in the Sharks' season finale, Logan Couture had nine points (6g, 3a) in his last nine games of 2012-13 overall. Couture finished with a team-best 21 goals this year -- fourth most in Western Conference.

- Henrik Sedin (45 pts) and Daniel Sedin (40 pts) led the Canucks in scoring this season -- the seventh consecutive year that the twins have been the top two scorers on the team. The Sedins have combined to score just five points (3g, 2a) in their last seven skates vs. the Sharks (since the beginning of 2011-12).

- San Jose averaged 16.7 blocked shots per game during the regular season -- most in the Western Conference and second most in the league overall (Toronto -- 17.2).

- Vancouver won the only all-time postseason meeting between these two clubs, 4-1, in 2011.

Programming note: Sharks-Canucks Game 1 coverage kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet California with Sharks Pregame Live. Stick around after the final horn for Sharks Postgame Live.

Series schedule

Game 1 - Sharks @ Vancouver
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.

Game 2 - Sharks @ Vancouver
Friday, May 3, 7 p.m.

Game 3 - Vancouver @ Sharks
Sunday, May 5, 7 p.m.

Game 4 - Vancouver @ Sharks
Tuesday, May 7, 7 p.m.

Game 5* - Sharks @ Vancouver
Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m.

Game 6* - Vancouver @ Sharks
Saturday, May 11, TBD

Game 7* - Sharks @ Vancouver
Monday, May 13, TBD

Vitals (regular season)

Sharks
Goals per game: 2.42 (24th)
Goals-against per game: 2.33 (6th)
Power play: 20.1 percent (7th)
Penalty kill: 85.0 percent (6th)

Canucks
Goals per game: 2.54 (19th)
Goals-against per game: 2.40 (T – 9th)
Power play: 15.8 percent (22nd)
Penalty kill: 84.0 percent (8th)

Probable lines

Sharks
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Marty Havlat
TJ Galiardi - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Raffi Torres - Joe Pavelski - Tommy Wingels
James Sheppard - Adam Burish
 - Andrew Desjardins

Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Brad Stuart – Scott Hannan


Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss

Canucks
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Alex Burrows
Mason Raymond – Derek Roy – Jannik Hansen
Chris Higgins – Ryan Kesler – Zack Kassian
Andrew Ebbett – Maxim Lapierre – Dale Weise

Dam Hamhuis – Jason Garrison
Alex Edler – Kevin Bieksa
Andrew Alberts – Frank Corrado

Roberto Luongo
Cory Schneider

Keep an eye on…

Sharks: Logan Couture. The Sharks’ best player this season not named Antti Niemi, the Sharks will need Couture to continue his rise to stardom. Couture finished with 10 points in his last 12 games, often playing against the other team’s top line, and he’ll have to have an impact during five-on-five play for the Sharks to have a chance in the series.

Canucks: Ryan Kesler. It’s been a frustrating season injury-wise for the former Selke Award winner, but he’s now fully healthy and ready to have an impact. It will be interesting to see where Kesler lines up against the Sharks, whether it’s Couture’s line or Joe Thornton’s line. He was a pain in the you-know-what for the Sharks two years ago, and Kesler will be looking to repeat that performance in this series.

Injuries

Sharks: Jason Demers (sprained left ankle) and Scott Gomez (soreness) are out.

Canucks: Cory Schneider (undisclosed) is probable. Manny Malhotra (eye), David Booth (left ankle) and Chris Tanev (leg) are out.

Quoteable

“You certainly remember who puts you out every year. It’s still pretty fresh.” – Dan Boyle, on losing to the Canucks in the 2011 Western Conference finals