NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, November 7th
(All times Eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (10-5-2) at San Jose Sharks (10-1-4), 10:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Sharks aren't looking at silver linings
despite picking up a point in each contest of its season-high three-game
The Sharks look to get on track Thursday night with a sixth straight victory
over the Vancouver Canucks.
San Jose has suffered just one regulation loss this season but has won just
twice in its last six games. The Sharks followed up a 2-1 loss in Boston on
Oct. 24 with back-to-back wins, but have since suffered an overtime setback
and two straight shootout defeats.
The Sharks were bested by lowly Buffalo on Tuesday, with the Sabres notching
just their third victory of the season thanks to a 5-4 shootout win. San Jose
needed three third-period goals just to get to overtime, including Tommy
Wingels' game-tying tally with 3:46 to go in regulation.
Marty Havlat and Tyler Kennedy added goals and rookie Tomas Hertl had a goal
and an assist. He notched his ninth score and has 13 points in 15 games.
Antti Niemi made 32 saves before getting bested twice in the fourth-round
"This was a fear of mine that we'd be complacent and that we would turn it up
when we thought we had to and that's exactly what we got," Sharks coach Todd
McLellan said. "I thought we were outworked for a large part of the game and
"We weren't nearly what we needed to be to play against anybody in the
The Sharks have been more than prepared in two meetings already this season
with the Canucks. After winning all three encounters last season, San Jose
opened up the campaign with a 4-1 home win on Oct. 3 before another 4-1
victory in Vancouver seven days later.
The Sharks have won three straight and nine of their last 13 at home in this
Niemi was in net for both wins this seasons, stopping 46 of the 48 shots
Vancouver has won five of its last seven, but is coming off a 3-2 shootout
setback to Phoenix on Tuesday. Dan Hamhuis and Ryan Kesler had goals and
Roberto Luongo made 30 saves.
"They're very disciplined through the neutral zone," Canucks head coach John
Tortorella said. "They jam it up pretty well."
Henrik Sedin had an assist to extend his point streak to a career-high 12
straight games, notching three goals and 11 helpers over that span. Daniel
Sedin also had an assist to give him nine points over a seven-game run.
Luongo is likely to get his third start of the season against the Sharks. He
yielded seven goals on 63 shots faced in the two earlier losses.
11/07 11:02:25 ET