Sharks-Canucks: By the numbers

Sharks-Canucks: By the numbers
May 1, 2013, 8:00 am
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The Sharks have five players including Scott Gomez who have won a Stanley Cup. Vancouver has none. (USA TODAY IMAGES)


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Programming note: Sharks-Canucks Game 1 coverage kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet California

VANCOUVER - The Sharks and Canucks are set to meet in the postseason for only the second time in the history of each respective franchise. Here are some numbers and perspectives I suspect will play a factor in this best of seven playoff series.

Vancouver notables
- Canucks are 13-13 all time in first round series, have won 5 of last 6 playoff openers
- Won 5th consecutive Northwest Division title this season
- When scoring first, Canucks went 20-6-5 this year

San Jose Notables
- 9th consecutive postseason appearance (2nd longest active streak in NHL), Also in playoffs 14 of last 15 years
- Two 7-game win streaks this regular season (also accomplished by CHI, PIT)
- When scoring first, Sharks went 20-3-2 this year

[RELATED: Sharks' Gomez ruled out for Game 1]

Remaining players from 2011 Postseason (last time SJ/VAN met)
-San Jose (10): Thornton, Boyle, Couture, Marleau, Pavelski, Vlasic, Demers, Desjardins, Braun, Niemi
-Vancouver (16): H. Sedin, D. Sedin, Kesler, Burrows, Edler, Bieksa, Hansen, Higgins, Raymond, Hamhuis, Lapierre, Tanev, Ballard, Alberts, Luongo, Schneider

Collective Playoff Experience 
Sharks: 1094 games played
Canucks: 834 games played
San Jose Leaders: Scott Gomez (140), Patrick Marleau (129), Brad Stuart (124), Joe Thornton (114)
Vancouver Leaders: Henrik Sedin (95), Daniel Sedin (92), Alex Burrows (63), Kevin Bieksa (61)

Collective Stanley Cup Winners
San Jose: Gomez, Boyle, Stuart, Burish, Niemi
Vancouver: None

X-Factors for Vancouver
Cory Schneider: Only 8 games (345 Mins) of playoff experience, but 1.91 GAA in that period
Roberto Luongo: Didn't face Sharks at all this year, while Schneider went 0-2-1
Ryan Kesler: Didn't play against Sharks in regular season;(otherwise 13 points in 17 games, -5 rating)

X-Factors for San Jose
Brent Burns: Played only once vs. Vancouver this season (as forward). In 24 games as forward (20 points, +5 rating)
Raffi Torres: Only player to skate for both teams (Played 103 total games with Vancouver 2 seasons ago)
Logan Couture: 21 Goals this year (5 game-winning) & 51 blocked shots (2nd among all NHL forwards)