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Game 64: Canucks at Sharks (3.5.16)

by Daniel Fung / Vancouver Canucks



— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) March 5, 2016

The Canucks hope a change of venue will bring a change of fortunes when they take on the San Jose Sharks for the third time in seven days.

In two meetings against the Sharks this week, the Canucks have proven they have the ability to hang with one of the best teams in the league. What they haven't proven yet is if they can finish the job and topple one of the hottest teams going right now. They'll get another chance to try and do that tonight in a building they had a lot of success in last season winning all three games they played there. They won't be alone either as they'll have a cheering contingent of over 120 fans that have made the trek down to San Jose as part of the Canucks Official California Fan Road Trip.

With very few extra healthy bodies at their disposal, don't expect much in the way of line-up changes for the Canucks unless Radim Vrbata is ready to return or they opt to insert Yannick Weber into the line-up. Ryan Miller, who was understandably heated following Thursday's loss after he felt the Sharks' first goal should not have counted, figures to get the call again tonight. San Jose could give newcomer James Reimer the start although they'd be just as wise to stick with Martin Jones' hot hand.

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Regular Season Record

24-27-12 35-22-6

2015.16 Season Series

0-2-0 2-0-0

All-Time Series

51-42-15 48-46-15

Last 10 games

3-7-0 7-2-1

Last 10 head-to-head

4-5-1 6-4-0

Keys to the Game

Find "the goal." In three straight games now the Canucks have put themselves in a position to win in the third period only to allow their opponent to score the key go-ahead goal. They need to figure out again how to be the team that scores that goal instead of being the one that gives it up.

Bo busts out.At one point the hottest Canuck when the calendar turned to 2016, Horvat's stick has been oddly quiet lately as the sophomore forward has just one assist in his last eight outings. He has shown flashes of brilliance, he just needs to follow-up with some finish.

Start better. The Sharks have got the whole come-from-behind strategy down pat but even though they now find themselves among the league leaders in wins (5) when trailing after two periods, they might not want to tempt fate for a third straight time against the Canucks.

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By the Numbers


Win percentage for the Sharks when trailing after two periods (5-15-3), among the best in the league. (2 of 5 wins have come vs VAN)


Win percentage for the Canucks when leading after two periods (14-4-7), worst in the league. (2 of 4 regulation losses have come vs SJS)


Straight wins for the Canucks at the Shark Tank dating back to November 7, 2013.


Points in the last four games for Jake Virtanen (2 multi-point games).


Game point drought snapped by Sven Baertschi when he scored on Thursday against the Sharks.


Times Sharks F Patrick Marleau has recorded a 20-goal season. He is one goal shy making it 13.

Scouting Report

  • The Sharks have now out-scored their opponents by a combined 9-0 in third periods over their last three outings, including netting two on Thursday in their 3-2 victory over the Canucks.
  • It hasn't just been lucky bounces that the Sharks have been relying on in third periods as they are clearly working for all the goals they are getting. They've out-shot their opponents by a combined 35-19 over their last three third periods. The 7-7 shots tie in Thursday's third period against the Canucks was the closest for them in the last three outings.
  • When it comes to shots on goal, defenceman Brent Burns has been the runaway leader for San Jose and he has no qualms about firing away at will. Burns has recorded at least one shot in 62 of 63 games played this season. The only team to hold him without a shot all season long is the Calgary Flames back on November 28.
  • Patrick Marleau certainly loves playing against the Canucks and for good reason. He has 26 goals and 50 points in 70 career games versus Vancouver. He has just two goals in his last 10 games played but both of those have come against the Canucks.
  • The Sharks have done a masterful job staying out of the sin bin so far in the season series giving up just two combined power play opportunities to the Canucks in the two games. This season they've had 12 games where they've given up one-or-fewer power plays to the opposition.
  • Like the Canucks, the Sharks seem to be a team that is just more comfortable with being out on the road. Their longest home win streak this season is three games, and they've alternated wins and losses over their last nine games at the Shark Tank. They were 6-2 winners over Montreal in their last home outing which might mean they're due for a loss tonight. Only two teams have fewer home victories than San Jose's 12 this season – Vancouver (11) and Toronto (9).
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