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Canucks Visit Sharks To Begin Big March

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37-18-7 Record 26-29-7 Sharks
1st Pacific Div. Standing 6th Pacific Sharks
4-1-5 Last 10 Games 3-6-1 Sharks
17.4% (20th) Power Play 14.1% (28th) Sharks
81.5% (13th) Penalty Kill 77.1% (26th) Sharks
171 (17th) Goals For 141 (29th) Sharks
145 (2nd best) Goals Against 177 (20th best) Sharks
+27 Goal Differential -34 Sharks

Who says March Madness is only for College Basketball?  Just ask the San Jose Sharks.  With the trade deadline come and gone, the focus is on the playoffs.  San Jose will play sixteen times in the 31 days this month, with all eight road games on back to back scenarios.  There is also one home back to back.

Team Teal enters March with a five point lead in the Pacific with 1-2 games in hand on most of the division.  The month will decide where they will open the playoffs and likely if another banner will go up to the rafters of the Shark Tank.

Tonight, the Sharks take on the Vancouver Canucks (Did someone say Vancouver? *my John Shorthouse impression*) and the first game for both teams swapped forwards two nights ago.  Due to visa / immigration issues, both Nikolay Goldobin or Jannik Hansen won’t play tonight.  The teams will meet again in April.

The Canucks have started the retooling of their squad after their owner reluctantly wanted a playoff run.  They still do have a good roster of the Sedin twins, Loui Erikkson and up and comers like Troy Stetcher and All-Star Bo Horvat.  Can’t take them easy, and with every point mattering that much, you better bring your A-game from here to June.  No playing down to their level.

For San Jose, they will roll with Aaron Dell in net.  Expect to see Dell a little more often.  Like last year once James Reimer came at the deadline, Martin Jones will get some much needed rest.  Look for “Dellicious” to start two of the next three games.  Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer stated after the morning skate that the lineup will remain the same from late in the Toronto game where Tomas Hertl centered Marcus Sorensen and Joel Ward with Chris Tierney centering Micheal Haley and Melker Karlsson.

The rest of the Sharks lineup looks like this:
LaBanc – Thornton – Pavelski
Marleau – Couture – Boedker
Sorensen – Hertl – Ward
Haley – Tierney – Karlsson

Vlasic – Braun
Martin – Burns
Dillon – Schlemko

Dell
Jones

Tonight is Hockey is For Everyone night.  Can’t stress enough that Sharks fans come from all walks of life and always remember no matter your gender identification, sexual orientation, race, ability, when you put our Deep Pacific Teal on, you are a part of the Sharks family.

Following the game, it’s Pucknology After Dark. This is your interactive Sharks postgame show, join us in the YouTube chat on the site or the app, or tweet your comments using #PucknologyAD

About Erik Kuhre

A Finatic since day one, Erik is the Lead Editor, Graphic Designer, and Social Media Director for Pucknology. He is also host, of the only tweet-in Sharks postgame show, Pucknology After Dark. "Puckguy" is the creator of the hashtag #SharksFam and the #SharksTweetup, a special meetup prior to a Sharks home game, once a year, of many Sharks fans who converse together through Twitter. He has also been recognized by the Sharks organization as their Honorary Team Captain in 1993-94, along with the team's "7th Man" in 2003-04, as well as a finalist for the NHL's "7th Man" in 2004.

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