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.
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)
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)
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)
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
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
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.
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.
“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