The Vancouver Canucks will host the San Jose Sharks in a Pacific division clash Tuesday night from the Rogers Arena. The Sharks dropped a 5-3 home decision to the Flames on Sunday night, and the Canucks are coming off a 3-2 shootout home win over the Stars. The Sharks lead the season-series 3-0.
Sharks Struggles Continue in Loss to Flames
The San Jose Sharks are not playing well as the regular season winds down, losing seven out of their last eight games which included a 5-3 home loss to the Flames on Sunday night. Timo Meier extended his point streak to five games with his 30th goal of the season in the losing cause. The 22-year old right-winger has amassed 10 points on the month, and he is fourth in team scoring with 66 points on the season.
Sharks’ point leader Brent Burns has fared well against the Canucks this season, notching four assists along with a plus-three rating in three games. The 34-year old defenseman is having an outstanding season, accumulating a career-high 79 points on the season. San Jose holds a 4-6 record in their last ten games, and they stand at 20-15-3-1 on the road this season.
The Sharks are expected to have Martin Jones guard the cage in this contest. The 29-year old goaltender hasn’t been sharp recently, and he is carrying a 2.96 GAA and an .896 save percentage accompanied with a 35-18-5 record. San Jose ranks third in the NHL with an average of 3.5 goals per game. The Sharks are holding opponents to 3.1 goals, positioning them 21st overall.
Canucks Target Third Straight Win
The Vancouver Canucks head into their final home game of the season aiming for their third straight win. They have defeated the Kings, followed by a 3-2 shootout win against the Stars on Saturday night. Brock Boeser tallied his 29th assist of the season Saturday’s winning effort. The 22-year old right-winger is playing well, recording 12 points on the month, and he is up to 55 points on the season.
Canucks’ point leader Elias Pettersson has cooled off down the final stretch, recording only one point in his last four games. The 20-year old center is a top candidate to win the Calder Trophy as the rookie of the year. Pettersson has 27 goals along with 38 assists on the season, and two points in three games against the Sharks. Vancouver is 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they stand at 17-16-3-2 on home ice.
The Canucks are expected to send Jacob Markstrom between the pipes in this one. The 29-year old goalie is having a decent season, carrying a solid .913 save percentage to go with a 2.76 GAA and a 28-22-9 record on the year. Vancouver is scoring an average of 2.7 goals, ranking them 24th in the NHL. They are allowing an average of 3.1 goals, placing them 20th overall.
The Vancouver Canucks are:
- 1-7 in their last 8 Tuesday games.
- 4-11 in their last 15 games following a win.
- 19-46 in their last 65 games against the Pacific division.
The San Jose Sharks are:
- 21-8 in their last 29 games in Vancouver.
- 5-1 in their last 6 games after allowing 5 or more goals in their previous game.
- 9-4 in their last 13 road games.