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On the heels of their second win of the pre-season, a 3-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Thursday night, the Vancouver Canucks head to San Jose to face a Sharks team also looking for their second exhibition win.
The Sharks beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in a shootout Thursday night thanks to Jason Demers’ game-winner, while the Canucks got offence from Steve Bernier and Kyle Wellwood and stellar goaltending from Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider in their win over the Ducks.
Bernier scored his first of the pre-season midway through the first period and it stood as the game-winner, while Wellwood collected two assists, including a helper on the Bernier goal.
Luongo and Schneider combined for 28 saves, although neither was overly tested by a veteran Ducks line-up.
Vancouver’s roster for Friday night will be drastically different than the one that upended Anaheim. Canucks regulars scheduled to play include Alex Burrows, Alex Edler, Willie Mitchell, Sami Salo and Daniel and Henrik Sedin, although the name that is generating the most excitement is Cody Hodgson.
Alongside Mario Bliznak, Guillaume Desbiens, Eric Walsky and Sergei Shirokov, Hodgson is a prospect who could be in the line-up Friday that is looking to make an impact in hopes of surviving the next round of cuts.
Having only just begun full contact practices a few days ago, Hodgson is thought to be behind the eight ball in terms of making the team, but then again he’s Cody Hodgson and it won’t take much for him to have fans buzzing again.
San Jose fans will likely forgo Hodgson and focus on former Sharks defenceman Christian Ehrhoff who will return to California for the first time since being traded to Vancouver in late August.
The 27-year-old played 341 games for the Sharks over five seasons collecting 25 goals and 107 assists over that span.
Andrew Raycroft and Daren Machesney will be between the pipes for Vancouver, it’s unclear who will get the start and if the keepers will split time.
For San Jose, newcomer Dany Heatley, who was acquired in a trade with Ottawa last week, has yet to suit up with his new squad. He is set to practice with the Sharks Friday morning before taking on the media for the first time.
The Canucks and Sharks faceoff at 7:30 p.m. PST and the game can be seen live on Canucks.com.