Programming note: Sharks-Canucks coverage gets underway today at 6:30 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live only Comcast SportsNet California
Where they stand
Sharks: 10-6-4, 24 points, 4th Pacific Division, 6th Western Conference
Canucks: 11-6-4, 26 points, 1st Northwest Division, 3rd Western Conference
Goals per game: 2.20 (27th)
Goals-against per game: 2.05 (3rd)
Power play: 17.9 percent (12th)
Penalty kill: 86.7 percent (4th)
Goals per game: 2.81 (13th)
Goals-against per game: 2.57 (11th)
Power play: 16.9 percent (16th)
Penalty kill: 79.3 percent (20th)
Logan Couture - Joe Thornton – Bracken Kearns
Tim Kennedy - Patrick Marleau - Joe Pavelski
Ryane Clowe - Scott Gomez - James Sheppard
Andrew Desjardins – Michael Handzus – Adam Burish
Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Brad Stuart
Douglas Murray – Jason Demers
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Alexandre Burrows
Chris Higgins – Mason Raymond – Jannik Hansen
David Booth – Maxim Lapierre – Zack Kassian
Tom Sestito – Jordan Schroeder – Dale Weise
Alex Edler – Chris Tanev
Dan Hamhuis – Keith Ballard
Andrew Alberts – Jason Garrison
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Tim Kennedy. The Sharks’ winger looked comfortable on the team’s second line, and with five shots on goal against Nashville, tied with Patrick Marleau for a game-high. Head coach Todd McLellan praised the 26-year-old on Sunday, and it looks like Kennedy wants to make sure he keeps his roster spot even when the Sharks get completely healthy.
Canucks: Chris Higgins. The Canucks forward has a four-game point streak (3g, 1a), and ranks fourth on the team in hits with 34. On the other side of the puck, Higgins leads Vancouver in takeaways with 16. Higgins has five points (2g, 3a) in 10 career games against the Sharks.
Sharks: Dan Boyle and Joe Pavelski scored power play goals and Antti Niemi made 18 saves as the Sharks downed the Predators at home on Saturday, 2-1. For the Sharks, it was the first time they scored multiple power play goals in a game since Jan. 27 against the Canucks. Joe Thornton picked up with 1,100th point in the NHL by assisting on both goals.
Canucks: The Calgary Flames scored a pair of third period goals, including an empty-netter, to beat the Canucks at the Saddledome on Sunday, 4-2. Jannik Hansen had his second straight multiple-point game with a goal and an assist, and Roberto Luongo took the loss in net with 21 saves on 24 shots for Vancouver.
Sharks: Brent Burns (left leg), Marty Havlat (lower body) and Tommy Wingels (undisclosed) are out.
Canucks: Manny Malhotra (eye) is out for the season. Ryan Kesler (broken right foot) is out. Kevin Bieksa (lower body) is questionable.
The Sharks beat the Canucks on Jan. 27 at home, 4-1, led by a pair of goals from Joe Pavelski. The teams meet once more this season at HP Pavilion on April 1.
“We played good hockey at home, we’ve just got to take it on the road now.” – Joe Thornton, on the Sharks’ 2-0-1 homestand