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Thursday, January 10th (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (24-14-4) at San Jose Sharks (23-12-6), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Canucks have been dominating at home this year, while the Sharks have been a force on the road. However, both clubs will be out of their elements tonight when Vancouver visits San Jose at the HP Pavilion.

Vancouver begins a stretch tonight of four road games over its next five tests. The Canucks are 12-0-2 in their last 14 home games after Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win against the New York Islanders, but lost four of their last five on the road.

Alexander Edler scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout against the Islanders.

After two scoreless rounds, Vancouver's Trevor Linden snapped a perfect wrister above the right pad and below the catching glove of Rick DiPietro. Miroslav Satan prolonged the segment when he deked Roberto Luongo with a forehand-backhand move. The shootout went to a sixth round, where Edler beat DiPietro and Luongo denied Trent Hunter to seal the win for Vancouver.

Markus Naslund and Daniel Sedin scored for the Canucks, who have not suffered a regulation loss at home since a 3-0 setback to Nashville on November 1st. Luongo made 26 saves as Vancouver recorded its second straight victory overall.

Daniel Sedin has not scored in each of his last five games, while twin Brother Henrik has an assist in five straight, totaling six in that span.

Vancouver, which leads Calgary by one point for first place in the Northwest Division, will host Phoenix on Friday before playing three straight on the road, where the club is 11-8-2 this season.

San Jose, meanwhile, moved to 1-0-1 on a four-game homestand with Saturday's 3-2 victory over Columbus. Patrick Rissmiller's first career two-goal game helped the Sharks defeat the Blue Jackets, 3-2.

Steve Bernier added a goal and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 21-of-23 shots for the Sharks, who snapped a five-game losing streak at home. San Jose has won five of its last six overall.

San Jose is tied for second in the Pacific Division with Anaheim, with both clubs just two points behind front-running Dallas.

While the Sharks have won a franchise-record 10 in a row on the road, they are just 7-9-4 as the home team this year and wrap their homestand on Saturday against Toronto.

San Jose is a perfect 3-0 against the Canucks so far this season, winning the first two in Vancouver before posting a home win on December 13. The Sharks have won six of their last nine against the Canucks, though they have dropped four of six as the host against Vancouver.

01/10 10:57:41 ET


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