San Jose Sharks Try to Reclaim Rhythm Against the Canucks

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks passes the puck against Elias Pettersson #40 of the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center on February 16, 2019 in San Jose, California (Photo by Kavin Mistry)
SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks passes the puck against Elias Pettersson #40 of the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center on February 16, 2019 in San Jose, California (Photo by Kavin Mistry) /

After surrendering the division and home ice advantage on their own ice the San Jose Sharks head to Western Canada to face-off against the Vancouver Canucks.

The San Jose Sharks are staring down the final 3 games of one the most sensationalized seasons in franchise history. They start their final road trip of this year looking to generate momentum against the Vancouver Canucks.

Tonight will be the San Jose Sharks 3rd straight divisional foe in four nights. After looking flat-footed against the Calgary Flames expect Team Teal to regain traction against a lowly Canucks squad excited for the off-season to start.

The Canucks are in a rough stretch of games with the 4 final games of their season scheduled against teams in playoff position, however this young squad wouldn’t mind gaining some momentum heading into next season.

Playing the role of spoiler for the Canucks is Alexander Edler. He’s put together an impressive ending of his season scoring 9 of his 31 total points in his past 10 games.

Edler’s been driving the bus in Vancouver all year long and he’ll be tasked at driving play tonight against an ornery San Jose Sharks squad. Team Teal will also have their hands full with the young stars Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser, and Quinn Hughes. It’ll be a good test for the Sharks defense to keep these budding phenoms in check.

All signs point to Joe Pavelski making his return tonight for the San Jose Sharks after a 7 game hiatus. His absence on the ice and on the bench was extremely noticeable with the Sharks lacking focus and intensity at pivotal moments of important games.

A player that hasn’t faded into the background during the Captains absence is forward Kevin Labanc. He’s scored 6 points, with 18 shots on goal. His deceptive right handed shot has filled the void left by Pavelski at 5v5 and on special teams.

There’s a couple of noticeably missing players on tonight’s line-up card. Joonas Donskoi gets scratched again as his cold streak continues. Also Joakim Ryan earned a spot in the press box with Jacob Middleton getting the chance to play on the left side of Burns.

The San Jose Sharks are trending in the right direction with key players slowly but surly making their returns to the line-up. Almost at full strength here’s what to expect from Team Teal and the Canucks tonight at Rogers Arena.

San Jose Sharks

Forward Combinations

Timo Meier ~ Logan Couture ~ Joe Pavelski

Evander Kane ~ Tomas Hertl ~ Gustav Nyquist

Marcus Sorensen~ Joe Thornton ~ Kevin Labanc

Micheal Haley ~ Barclay Goodrow ~ Melker Karlsson

Defensive Pairings

Jacob Middleton ~ Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic ~ Tim Heed

Brendan Dillon ~ Justin Braun


Projected Starter ~ Martin Jones

Backup ~ Aaron Dell

Vancouver Canucks

Forward Combinations

Tanner Pearson ~ Bo Horvat ~ Loui Eriksson

Sven Baertschi ~ Elias Pettersson ~ Brock Boeser

Ryan Spooner ~ Adam Gaudette ~ Josh Leivo

Tim Schaller ~ Jay Beagle ~ Markus Granlund

Defensive Pairings

Alexander Edler ~ Alex Biega

Ben Hutton ~ Troy Stecher

Quinn Hughes ~ Luke Schenn


Projected Starter ~ Thatcher Demko

Backup ~ Jacob Markstrom

Puck drop for tonight’s game is at 7:00 PM PT live at Rogers Arena. The game will be televised on NBC Sports California while the audio is streamed via the San Jose Sharks official app courtesy of 98.5 KFOX.

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