Sharks-Canucks coverage gets underway today at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Plus (no pregame show)
Where they stand
Sharks: 17-11-6, 40 points, 3rd Pacific Division, 6th Western Conference
Canucks: 19-10-6, 44 points, 2nd Northwest Division, 4th Western Conference
Goals per game: 2.32 (28th)
Goals-against per game: 2.38 (6th)
Power play: 18.4 percent (15th)
Penalty kill: 86.8 percent (3rd)
Goals per game: 2.51 (19th)
Goals-against per game: 2.43 (8th)
Power play: 12.8 percent (30th)
Penalty kill: 81.4 percent (13th)
Marty Havlat – Joe Thornton – Brent Burns
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Tommy Wingels
TJ Galiardi – Joe Pavelski – Ryane Clowe
James Sheppard – Scott Gomez – Andrew Desjardins
Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Brad Stuart – Matt Tennyson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Nicklas Jensen
Chris Higgins - Alex Burrows - Jannik Hansen
Bill Sweatt - Jordan Schroeder - Maxim Lapierre
Tom Sestito - Andrew Ebbett - Steve Pinizzotto
Dam Hamhuis – Jason Garrison
Alex Edler – Kevin Bieksa
Andrew Alberts – Chris Tanev
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Brent Burns. Burns played nine games as a forward before Jason Demers’ injury forced him back to the blue line for Saturday’s game against Phoenix. Burns will return to the wing tonight against the Canucks, where he has 10 points in nine games (5g, 5a). Burns’ presence was missed on the Joe Thornton-Marty Havlat line vs. the Coyotes, as Adam Burish had to fill in on the right side.
Canucks: Cory Schneider. The goaltender appeared to seize the number one job when he played the entirety of Vancouver six-game winning streak, giving up just six goals in that span. In the 4-0 loss to Edmonton, though, Schneider surrendered two goals on his first two shots faced and was relieved by Roberto Luongo. Schneider is expected to start tonight, and is 3-2-1 with a 3.64 goals-against average and .900 save percentage in his career against the Sharks.
Sharks: Marc-Edouard Vlasic tied the game late and Logan Couture scored in the only goal in the shootout in a 3-2 win over Phoenix at HP Pavilion on Saturday night. It was the Sharks’ fourth straight victory. Antti Niemi made 27 saves in net, and Joe Pavelski increased his goal-scoring streak to four with a second period marker.
Canucks: Edmonton scored four times in the first eight minutes, including a hat trick by Taylor Hall, in beating Vancouver 4-0 at Rexall Place on Saturday night. It snapped a six-game winning streak for the Canucks. Cory Schneider took the loss, although Roberto Luongo relieved him in net after the first two Oilers’ goals.
Sharks: Jason Demers (undisclosed) is out. Tim Kennedy (upper body) is on injured reserve.
Canucks: Mason Raymond (shoulder), Ryan Kesler (foot), David Booth (left ankle), Dale Weise (upper body) and Keith Ballard (foot) are out. Manny Malhotra (eye) is out for the season.
The Sharks will go for a three-game season sweep of the Canucks. On Jan. 27 at HP Pavilion, Joe Pavelski scored twice in a 4-1 decision. On March 5 in Vancouver, Scott Gomez and Adam Burish scored rare goals in a 3-2 shootout win.
Brad Stuart leads all scorers in the season series with three points, all assists.
The Sharks are 40-42-9-5 all-time against the Canucks.
“They probably weren’t very happy with the outcome in Edmonton [Saturday] night. That alone will have them in a growly, grumpy mood. They will be very competitive to start. As far as the standings go, they are still within reach.” – Todd McLellan, on the Canucks