Game 5: Canucks vs. Sharks (10.10.13)
It was exactly one week ago when San Jose handed Vancouver a humbling 4-1 loss in their season opener at the Shark Tank. The Canucks have responded well since then winning three in a row albeit they've had to do it the hard way in their last two outings fighting back from two-goal deficits in both of contests before ultimately winning in overtime.
The Sharks, meanwhile, have also won three in a row but they've done so by steamrolling the competition out-scoring their opponents by a whopping 17-4 count. Super rookie Tomas Hertl has led the offensive charge with six goals and seven points, including netting four goals in San Jose's 9-2 win over the New York Rangers in their last outing on Tuesday.
Puck drop at 7 pm PT - Live on Sportsnet Vancouver Hockey, The TEAM 1040, or online at teamradio.ca.
Keys to the Game
Play with confidence. The Sharks might have the Canucks' number lately but Vancouver can't approach the game with the mindset that they're playing not to lose. They have to find a way to maintain their aggressive approach and control the flow of play instead of letting the Sharks dictate the pace.
Stay disciplined. The Canucks have only been shorthanded seven combined times in their last three outings since handing the Sharks eight power plays on opening night. They'll need that trend to continue as they certainly won't want to give the Sharks as many chances with the man-advantage as last time despite their strong PK play to date.
Keep firing like there's no tomorrow. If you're the Sharks, you want to keep up your attack-oriented offence and keep shooting from all over the ice. San Jose has out-shot their opponents by a combined 133-65 and it's paid off in a big way as they've out-scored their opponents 17-4.
By the Numbers
Points needed by Henrik Sedin to reach 800 in his NHL career.
Goals for Mike Santorelli. He was awarded with Tuesday's overtime winner against the Devils upon further review.
Games Sharks D-man Brad Stuart has been suspended for his head hit on NYR's Rick Nash on Tuesday.
Game point streak Jason Garrison, longest of his NHL career.
Straight wins for the Sharks over the Canucks counting regular season and playoffs.
Goals scored by the Sharks in their last game, one shy of equaling a franchise record.