San Jose Sharks Host Vancouver Canucks for Season Series Finale
The San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks are set to face-off for a fifth and last time this season at SAP Center in San Jose. Over the course of this year, the Sharks have the lead in the season series 3 games to 1. However, last time the Sharks played the Canucks at home, they lost 4-2.
On the Canucks’ side, the NHL Department of Player Safety yesterday announced that Jake Virtanen has been suspended for two games for interference on Roman Polak from their previous meeting. Virtanen was issued a five minute major for interference and a game misconduct in that game. So, it’ll be interesting to see — like the Darnell Nurse incident with Polak — whether or not there will be any retribution by the Sharks, as last time Micheal Haley fought Nurse when the Edmonton Oilers had their final meeting here at SAP Center.
On the injury front, the Sharks are still without Marc-Eduoard Vlasic, Matt Nieto, and Matt Tennyson. Vlasic is still out with a limp. Matt Nieto is still dealing with a hand injury, and Matt Tennyson still has concussion issues.
The Canucks are still dealing with a lot of injuries, with Luca Sbisa (upper body), Markus Granlund (upper body), and Chris Tanev (undisclosed) day-to-day. Of course, as mentioned earlier, Jake Virtanen is serving the start of his two-game suspension. Alex Edler (fractured fibula), Brandon Sutter (fractured jaw), and Radim Vrbata (lower body) are out.
|San Jose Sharks||Vancouver Canucks||Advantage|
|6th in Pacific||Div. Standing||3rd in Pacific|
|6-4-0||Last 10 Games||1-8-1||Sharks|
|22.4% (3rd)||Power Play||16.4% (26th)||Sharks|
|79.9% (23rd)||Penalty Kill||82.3% (10th)||Canucks|
Sharks Projected Lineup
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Joonas Donskoi – Logan Couture – Joel Ward
Melker Karlsson – Patrick Marleau – Tommy Wingels
Nick Spaling – Chris Tierney – Dainius Zubrus
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Dylan DeMelo – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Roman Polak
Martin Jones (confirmed starter)
Canucks Projected Lineup
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Jannik Hansen
Sven Baertschi – Markus Granlund – Linden Vey
Chris Higgins – Bo Horvat – Emerson Etem
Jared McCann – Brendan Gaunce – Alex Burrows
Dan Hamhuis – Yannick Weber
Ben Hutton – Nikita Tryamkin
Matt Bartkowski – Alex Biega
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