NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 26th
(All times Eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (12-9-1) at San Jose Sharks (13-5-1), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of teams coming off shutout victories clash for the
first time since last season's conference finals as the Vancouver Canucks and
San Jose Sharks both put winning streaks on the line tonight at HP Pavilion.
The Sharks come in having won four straight, one shy of their season high,
while the Canucks are riding their first three-game winning streak of the
The balance in this series has shifted the Canucks' way over the past season.
San Jose was 10-2-0 versus Vancouver over the previous three seasons before
losing three of four to Vancouver in 2010-11. The Canucks and Sharks then
squared off in the Western Conference finals, with Vancouver winning in five
San Jose will be the fresher of the two teams tonight, having been off since a
1-0 victory over Chicago on Wednesday. Former Blackhawks goaltender Antti
Niemi earned his first shutout of the season and 14th of his career with 34
"That's why we pay the big bucks to Nemo," said San Jose forward Ryane Clowe
after the Sharks' sixth victory in seven games.
On some of the better Chicago chances, Niemi liked knowing the player skating
"For whatever reason," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said, "he likes playing
against his former team and we're thankful for that."
Jason Demers scored his first goal of season, and seventh of his career, on a
power play late in the second period after the Sharks won a faceoff in the
Chicago zone. San Jose also killed off four Blackhawks power plays.
Vancouver extended its winning streak last night with a 5-0 win over Phoenix.
Cory Schneider made 21 saves in his second straight shutout and third of his
career. The backup goaltender stopped all 24 shots fired his way in Colorado
Schneider got plenty of support last night and was quick to credit his fellow
"There's not really much I can say about what I did tonight. It's more about
my teammates," said Schneider. "I just did what I have to do and I felt like a
passenger most of the night because we played such a great game."
It is unknown if Schneider, who is 3-0 with a 0.32 goals-against average in
his past three starts, or Roberto Luongo will start this game. Luongo hasn't
played since Nov. 13 because of an upper-body injury, but has been serving as
Sami Salo, Ryan Kesler and David Booth scored second-period goals over a 2:12
span after a scoreless opening stanza, while Alexandre Burrows and Maxim
Lapierre added tallies later on.
11/26 10:34:13 ET