Who's Next? Canucks at Sharks

 

 
 
 
 
San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau celebrates his goal against the Canucks during the third period of their game in Vancouver on Thursday night.
 

San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau celebrates his goal against the Canucks during the third period of their game in Vancouver on Thursday night.

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RECENT RUN

The Canucks have lost three consecutive games and two of those defeats have come against the Sharks. With 60 points, the Canucks are just four points clear of the Calgary Flames, who hold down last spot in the Western Conference. San Jose, which has won three straight, is four points behind the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, who are tied for the Pacific Division lead with 80 points.

THIRD-PERIOD BLUES

The Canucks will be looking to avoid a dubious hat trick of sorts tonight. In their previous two games versus the Sharks earlier this week, the Canucks surrendered third-period leads. The Canucks have now lost 11 games this season they have led after two periods. Vancouver has scored 55 third-period goals this season but has surrendered 74. The Canucks have been outshot 658-564 in the third period.

WHO’S HOT, NOT?

After registering just five points — all assists — in his first 35 games this season, defenceman Dan Hamhuis, pictured, has three assists in his last four games ... Centre Bo Horvat has gone 10 games without a goal. Winger Alex Burrows has no points in 10 games and has not scored a goal in his last 15 games ... San Jose defenceman Brent Burns leads NHL defencemen with 22 goals and has five points in his last two games.

NOTABLE

Like the Canucks, the Sharks have not been very good on home ice this season. San Jose is 12-13-3 at the SAP Center (a.k.a. The Shark Tank) this season. Only Toronto, with nine, and Vancouver, with 11, have fewer home-ice wins this season ... The Sharks have beaten the Canucks seven straight games at Rogers Arena, but Vancouver has won four straight at the SAP Center.

QUOTABLE

Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, pictured, scored the winning goal in San Jose’s 3-2 win Thursday against the Canucks at Rogers Arena. It was the 92nd game-winning goal of Marleau’s career and moved him to 15th spot on the NHL’s all-time list and one ahead of Wayne Gretzky. “It’s just pretty cool to have my name in the same sentence as the Great One,” Marleau said.

 
 
 
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San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau celebrates his goal against the Canucks during the third period of their game in Vancouver on Thursday night.
 

San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau celebrates his goal against the Canucks during the third period of their game in Vancouver on Thursday night.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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