Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Canucks & Sharks Game Day

After checking into their hotel just after 3:00am this morning, the Vancouver Canucks get set to play their last game before the Christmas break tonight in San Jose against the Sharks.

The Canucks (19-12-3) are coming off a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks last night. Daniel Sedin (5g,2a) and Henrik Sedin (4a) both extended their consecutive point scoring streaks to four games last night. Ryan Kesler's goal last night was his 100th career NHL point.

The Sharks (26-4-3) sport the best home ice record in the NHL (17-0-2). Their last game was a 3-2 win at home against the New York Rangers on Saturday. Prior to that, they were shut-out 6-0 on the road against the Detroit Red Wings two nights earlier.

The Canucks did not skate today at the HP Pavillion. Only Jason Jaffray and Lawrence Nycholat came out to take shots on Cory Schneider, who is expected to get the start tonight in net. Otherwise it looks like the Canucks will go with the same roster as last night against the Ducks.

Here are the expected line-ups for both teams:

D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Hansen
Pyatt - Demitra - Raymond
Burrows - Kesler - Bernier
Hordichuk - Wellwood - Brown

Mitchell - Bieksa
Ohlund - Davison
O'Brien - Edler


Patrick Marleau - Joe Thorton - Devin Setoguchi
Ryane Clowe - Joe Pavalski - Jonathan Cheechoo
Tomas Plihal - Marcel Goc - Mike Grier
Jody Shelly - Tom Cavanagh - Jamie McGinn

Rob Blake - Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Brad Lukowich - Dan Boyle
Doug Murray - Christan Erhoff

Evgeni Nabokov
Brian Boucher

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