“Game of the Night” is a feature that takes a daily look at the best game on the NHL schedule, and sets it up for you. So y’know, you should probably watch the game below. This is brought to you by the Werner Ladder Company (check out their hockey vid here), because how else do you think the bulbs in the red goal light get changed?
Vancouver Canucks AT San Jose Sharks
Vancouver Canucks: 19-10-6 (last 10: 7-3-0)
San Jose Sharks: 17-11-6 (last 10: 6-4-0)
I considered doing Jets/Rangers but that just seemed silly.
The two teams have each won in the opponents’ barn this year. San Jose took the last meeting 3-2 in a shootout.
Puck drop: 10:30 p.m. EST
Need to know:
* Both teams currently sit in the playoffs in the Western Conference, Vancouver in 4th (tied for 3rd) and San Jose in 6th though nothing is certain in the West.
* We’ll see how Vancouver recovers from being Taylor Hall’d on Saturday.
* San Jose puts their 4 game win streak on the line.
* Vancouver needs a win to keep pace with the red hot Minnesota Wild in the Northwest Division while San Jose just needs a win to keep themselves in the top 8 in the West, they currently sit 4 points up on St. Louis in 9th.
Injuries (via NHL.com):
Jason Demers, who did not play Saturday due to an undisclosed injury, is questionable for San Jose. … Keith Ballard has skated with the Canucks in practice, but is doubtful with a small fracture in his foot. Dale Weise (shoulder) and Zack Kassian (back) are both on injured reserve.
Vancouver Canucks: Cory Schneider (unconfirmed)
San Jose Sharks: Antti Niemi (unconfirmed)
What I’m looking forward to:
Two Western Conference teams that are hot at the right time and in the thick of a playoff race. Speaks for itself really.
The San Jose Sharks have very quietly become one of the (many) hot teams in the Western Conference and, considering the tightness of the Western Conference, seem to be getting hot at the right time. Their four wins have come against Edmonton, Phoenix, Anaheim, and Detroit so they’ve been tested, though not against any team playing as well as the Canucks are right now (save for Saturday). Let’s see what they’re made of.
The Canucks are far better than they were on Saturday night though I don’t think they’re quite as good as their recent streak would suggest. That being said, I do think they’re better than the Sharks and will be happy to end San Jose’s win streak. Canucks win.
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