The San Jose Sharks have a chance to head home with a 2-0 stranglehold with a win tonight at Rogers Arena, but that isn’t the mentality they are heading into tonight’s game with.
“We have to have the mindset that we lost Game One,” said Raffi Torres.
“If we can match what we did last game, maybe go a bit harder, be a little bit more solid in our own zone and focus in on the good things that we did, that’s huge.”
The down-in-the-series mentality the Sharks are using is something Sharks Coach Todd McLellan is urging his players to use, as he expects a stronger, hungrier Canucks effort.
“I think they’ll be better and we have to match that. So rather than us feeling good about ourselves, I would rather us be on edge, on our toes and being prepared.”
Despite the fact the Sharks can do no worse than a road-split, Joe Thornton is looking for his club to remain hungry.
“We’re greedy, we want to come in and win tonight. You want to come in and win every game and this is no different.”
The Sharks will be without winger Martin Havlat for Game Two, McLellan confirmed after the team’s morning skate. Havlat played just over three minutes in Game One before leaving the game, and did not skate this morning.
Havlat’s absence means Raffi Torres bumps up to the second line.
“It’s not hard to play with guys like that, they move up the ice pretty quick. Logan’s such a solid two-way player so that’s huge, especially for a guy like me who might be a little less solid in our own zone,” said Torres of his new linemates, Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau.
“He’s a heck of a hockey player,” McLellan said of the veteran winger who was brought in at the Trade Deadline from Phoenix. “He’s high energy, goes to the net, he’s dangerous to score a lot of the time, very strong on loose pucks. So for him to move up there we were comfortable in doing that immediately.”
McLellan would not confirm who would be drawing into the line-up, but Tim Kennedy and Bracken Kearns, the son of former Canuck Dennis Kearns, both skated between James Sheppard and Adam Burish in line rush drills during practice.
Another injured Shark is Scott Gomez. The two-time Stanley Cup winner was on the ice with his teammates today but will not dress tonight and will be re-evaluated prior to Game Three in San Jose.