The Vancouver Canucks (27-36-13) face the San Jose Sharks (43-28-6) in the second of two consecutive games between the two teams, on Thursday night at the SAP Center in San Jose, to finish up their 5-game season series against the Sharks.
San Jose has won three of the previous four games this season between the two Pacific division rivals.
The Sharks won at Rogers Place on Tuesday night with a 4-1 victory, with Logan Couture breaking a 1-1 tie, and scoring three consecutive goals, for his first career hat trick. Joe Pavelski had the other San Jose goal and James Reimer made 23 saves.
Chris Higgins scored shorthanded and Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves for the Canucks, who have lost their last 9-games (0-8-1).
In their nine consecutive losses, Vancouver has only 8 goals for, surrendered 28 goals against, and scored only one power goal in nineteen opportunities. Their penalty kill is 6th best in the NHL in that span though, at 91.3 percent (21 for 23).
Vancouver is tied with the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs for the least amount of points in the NHL.
Expect goalie Ryan Miller to be the starter against the Sharks. Miller is 1-5-1 in his last 7 game starts, with a 2.74 GAA and a .921 Sv%.
Miller is winless in his last four starts however, going 0-3-1 with 10 goals against, and is looking to bounce back against the Sharks, if he gets the start.
He has faced 147 shots, making 137 saves, for a .932 Sv%, while Vancouver has only supported him with 4 goals scored, in his four consecutive losses.