Vancouver Finishes Up Season Series Against Sharks Thursday Night In San Jose

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    MARCH 30, 2016

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.

VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 29: Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks and Brendan Gaunce #50 of the Vancouver Canucks watch the puck in front of Tomas Hertl #48 of the Sharks during their NHL game at Rogers Arena March 29, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – MARCH 29: Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks and Brendan Gaunce #50 of the Vancouver Canucks watch the puck in front of Tomas Hertl #48 of the Sharks during their NHL game at Rogers Arena March 29, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

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.

VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 29: Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks holds the puck representing his first NHL hat trick scored during their NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena March 29, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. San Jose won 4-1. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – MARCH 29: Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks holds the puck representing his first NHL hat trick scored during their NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena March 29, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. San Jose won 4-1. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

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.

VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 29: Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save while Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks and Yannick Weber #6 of the Canucks pursue the rebound during their NHL game at Rogers Arena March 29, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. San Jose won 4-1. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – MARCH 29: Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save while Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks and Yannick Weber #6 of the Canucks pursue the rebound during their NHL game at Rogers Arena March 29, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. San Jose won 4-1. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

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.

 

 

 

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