Programming note: Sharks-Canucks coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Sharks Pregame Live on CSN California.
Where they stand
Sharks: 42-28-6, 90 points, 3rd Pacific Division
Canucks: 27-35-13, 67 points, 6th Pacific Division
The Sharks trail the Kings by five points and the Ducks by four points in the Pacific Division. Anaheim has one game in hand.
The Kings and Ducks are idle on Tuesday.
Sharks: The Sharks officially clinched their place in the postseason with a 5-2 win over Los Angeles at home on Monday, with Joe Thornton scoring the third period game-winner. San Jose halted a three-game losing skid, and finished its season-long six-game homestand with a 3-3 mark. Vancouver visits SAP Center on Thursday for the back end of a home-and-home.
Canucks: Vancouver brings an eight-game losing streak into tonight’s game (0-7-1), dropping a 3-2 decision to Chicago at home on Sunday in its most recent match. The Canucks have lost four straight in regulation at home, where they are just 13-20-5.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Justin Braun. The 29-year-old defenseman recorded his first career two-goal game on Monday in the win over Los Angeles, delivered a team-leading six hits, and made some stellar defensive plays, too. He’ll have to continue to play that way for the Sharks to make a late push for the division, as injured partner Marc-Edouard Vlasic hasn’t even started skating yet and is still walking with a slight limp.
Canucks: Jannik Hansen. The Vancouver forward has set a new career high for goals in a season with 19, and has a tendency to run around a bit, too, including an illegal check to the head of Tommy Wingels on Dec. 30, 2014. The 30-year-old leads the Canucks with a plus-16 rating and is lately playing alongside the Sedin brothers.
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Joonas Donskoi – Logan Couture – Joel Ward
Melker Karlsson – Patrick Marleau – Tommy Wingels
Micheal Haley – Chris Tierney – Dainius Zubrus
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Dylan DeMelo – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Roman Polak
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Jannik Hansen
Sven Baertschi – Markus Granlund – Jake Virtanen
Chris Higgins – Bo Horvat – Emerson Etem
Jared McCann – Brendan Gaunce – Alex Burrows
Dan Hamhuis – Yannick Weber
Ben Hutton – Nikita Tryamkin
Matt Bartkowski – Alex Biega
Goals per game: 2.91 (3rd)
Goals-against per game: 2.57 (14th)
Power play: 22.3 percent (3rd)
Penalty kill: 79.7 percent (23rd)
Goals per game: 2.23 (29th)
Goals-against per game: 2.84 (21st)
Power play: 16.6 percent (24th)
Penalty kill: 82.4 percent (10th)
Sharks: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (lower body), Matt Nieto (hand) and Matt Tennyson (concussion) are out.
Canucks: Luca Sbisa (upper body), Markus Granlund (upper body) and Chris Tanev (undisclosed) are day-to-day. Alex Edler (fractured fibula), Brandon Sutter (fractured jaw) and Radim Vrbata (lower body) are out.
The Sharks are 2-1 against the Canucks this season, winning both games at Rogers Arena but losing in San Jose. The Sharks have won their last seven games in Vancouver.
Tomas Hertl, Brent Burns and Patrick Marleau all have two goals in the season series, which concludes on Thursday at SAP Center.