SHARKS (32-17-2) at CANUCKS (23-21-6)
10 p.m. ET; SNP, CSN-CA, NHL.TV
Sharks team scope
Patrick Marleau is one goal away from 500 in the NHL. The forward would like to reach the milestone against the Vancouver Canucks, if only because he'd rather not talk about it much longer. Marleau scored his 499th NHL goal to help the San Jose Sharks defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 on Tuesday. "Definitely want to get it as soon as possible," Marleau said. "It means you have been around for a while, you think, and you've done something right, I guess. It's one of those things you don't really like to talk about." Marleau, who has six goals and one assist during a four-game point streak, said the milestone means more because he's closing on it with the Sharks playing well. San Jose is 7-1-0 in its past eight games and in first place in the Pacific Division, one point ahead of the Anaheim Ducks. "You are able to feel good about both your game and the team's game," Marleau said. Top-line left wing Tomas Hertl will play his third game since returning from knee surgery that kept him out for 32 games. Hertl scored the game-winning goal against Chicago with 2:03 left and has five goals in 19 games after scoring 21 goals last season. "He's a very significant piece for us," coach Peter DeBoer said.
Canucks team scope
Vancouver is happy to be back home for its first game since a 3-0 road loss against the Arizona Coyotes last Thursday when it was outshot 31-19. Vancouver is 7-0-1 in its past eight games at Rogers Arena, has not lost at home in regulation since Dec. 22, and is 17-6-3 at home this season. "It's good for us to start at home," center Bo Horvat said. "We are a little bit more comfortable at home, especially against these great teams coming in off the break." The Canucks are 9-3-3 in their past 15 games and are three points behind the Calgary Flames for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference with three games in hand. Of Vancouver's remaining 32 games, five are against the Sharks, who have won eight consecutive regular-season games in Vancouver dating to Jan. 21, 2012. "This is going to be the story of our season," defenseman Christopher Tanev said, "so we have to play well and prove to the rest of the League that we belong."
Sharks projected lineup
Tomas Hertl -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker
Kevin Labanc -- Chris Tierney -- Joel Ward
Timo Meier -- Ryan Carpenter -- Melker Karlsson
Paul Martin -- Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon -- David Schlemko
Scratched: Micheal Haley, Tim Heed
Injured: Joonas Donskoi (upper body), Dylan DeMelo (wrist)
Canucks projected lineup
Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Loui Eriksson
Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Alexandre Burrows
Markus Granlund -- Brandon Sutter -- Jayson Megna
Brendan Gaunce -- Michael Chaput -- Jack Skille
Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher
Luca Sbisa -- Christopher Tanev
Nikita Tryamkin -- Philip Larsen
Scratched: Reid Boucher, Alex Biega
Injured: Anton Rodin (knee), Ben Hutton (hand), Jannik Hansen (knee), Erik Gudbranson (wrist surgery), Derek Dorsett (neck surgery)
Donskoi will miss his fourth straight game and didn't travel to Vancouver. "He's probably another week or so," DeBoer said when asked about a return date. … Hansen, who has missed 16 games with a sprained knee, rejoined the Canucks in practice this week wearing a brace and hopes to return Saturday against the Minnesota Wild.
Burns has six goals and 12 assists in his past 13 games and leads NHL defensemen with 53 points in 51 games. ... Couture has three goals and four assists during a six-game point streak. … Miller has allowed six goals in his past four starts.