NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, November 16th
(All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (11-5-2) at San Jose Sharks (8-7-2), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Jose Sharks will attempt to snap a three-game
losing streak tonight when they host the Vancouver Canucks at HP Pavilion.
The Sharks last played on Saturday when they were dealt a loss in shootouts by
the Dallas Stars. Sergei Zubov and Jussi Jokinen both scored in the shootout
to lift the Stars to the 3-2 victory.
Steve Bernier scored his first career goal and Alyn McCauley also lit the lamp
for San Jose.
Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves in the loss for the Sharks, who did not score in
the shootout. It was the first game for Nabokov since injuring his shoulder in
an October 21st game against Columbus.
Zubov was up first in the shootout and the defenseman beat Nabokov glove-side
in the top right corner before Turco stopped Patrick Marleau five-hole.
Jokinen's wrister then got past Nabokov's stick side and Turco denied Jonathan
Cheechoo to clinch the victory.
Meanwhile, the Canucks halted a three-game losing streak on Sunday, posting a
4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at GM Place. Todd Bertuzzi recorded his
first hat trick of the season and fourth of his career for Vancouver.
Anson Carter added a goal for Vancouver, which has won four of the last five
meetings with Detroit.
Goaltender Dan Cloutier stopped 34-of-35 shots in the win. It was an excellent
showing for Cloutier in his first game since October 29 in Colorado. He missed
five games after suffering a concussion against the Avalanche.
The Sharks are 4-1-1 at home this season, while Vancouver is 3-4-2 on the
The Canucks have won two straight against the Sharks, but San Jose is 8-4-1 in
the last 13 matchups. Vancouver has also dropped four of its last six games at
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