The Vancouver Canucks will be in San Jose on Wednesday night, as they open up a five-game road trip. It’s a tough flight schedule for the Canucks. They won’t hang around on the west coast following this game. The Canucks will fly across the country to New York for a meeting with the Islanders. They are coming off a textbook 3-1 win over the Blues on Tuesday night.
St. Louis got on the board early in the first period, though that was the only goal they got by Thatcher Demko. Jacob Markstrom was able to get the night off following an appearance in the All-Star Game. They were able to get away without their starting goaltender in net and thrived. Demko was able to send back 36 of 37 shots for a nice showing to gain some confidence.
The Sharks are on the heels of as well, with a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. It’s only the Ducks, but the Sharks really needed that win following the All-Star break. Their chances of reaching the playoffs are slim, but wins against teams like the Ducks are imperative. They’re also going to have to steal a game or two against quality opponents as well.
The Canucks would fit into the quality category. In other words, there isn’t much room for error in San Jose for Bob Boughner and his club. They enter Wednesday with a record of 22-25-4 and 48 points. With the Canucks leading the division at 60 points, it’s not going to be easy, but a win would certainly help their cause.
Vancouver and San Jose met on January 18 in the last game before the break. The Canucks made easy work of the Sharks in that one at Rogers Arena, as they cruised past them by a score of 4-1. San Jose managed to put only 18 shots on Demko in that one, so their effort must be much better on Wednesday night at the Shark Tank.
Fortunately for the Sharks, the Canucks haven’t been as much of a threat on the road as they have at home. They turn into a rather ordinary team outside of Rogers Arena. The Sharks have to take advantage of home ice in this one. They’re on a three-game winning streak at home, so we’ll see if they can make it a fourth in this one. Head below for our free Canucks vs. Sharks pick.
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The Canucks are in a good position to win the Pacific Division, but it’s likely not going to come easily. There are four teams within 3 points of them, so despite currently playing at the top of the division, there isn’t much room to breathe. A better effort on the road would go a long way for the Canucks. They’re heading on a five-game road trip and could watch their lead evaporate if they go back to Vancouver without finding success during this trip. Five of their last eight games in the regular will be played away from British Columbia, so that could help out others in the division.
While the Roxy Flu in Vancouver has seemingly died off over the years, they are still a tricky team to play at Rogers Arena. The Canucks sport a record of 17-5-3 at home, so it still isn’t easy to go into Vancouver and win games for the opposition. A trip outside of Vancouver has garnered different results for the Canucks this season. They enter San Jose with a shaky record of 11-13-1 on the road. Their last matchup on the road resulted in a bad 4-0 loss against the Jets in Winnipeg. The Canucks were never in the game, and played like they didn’t want to be there.
That’s often been the case for them as a visiting team. Overall, the Canucks have been rather sharp, having scored 3.24 goals per game, while allowing just under 3 goals per game at home. However, the numbers suggest a different team elsewhere. The Canucks have posted just 2.84 goals per game, while allowing 3.44 goals per game on the road. Jacob Markstrom’s fall off from a 2.46 GAA and 0.926 save percentage in Vancouver to a 2.98 GAA and 0.905 save percentage on the road.
He has also struggled mightily against the Sharks in his career. Markstrom owns a shoddy 3.46 GAA and 0.886 save percentage in nine outings versus the Sharks. As a team, the Sharks have been terrible in San Jose. They must catch a flu in San Jose, because their most recent results have been ugly with a record of 1-8 in their previous nine trips here. The Sharks are 4-0 in their last four games at the Shark Tank, with 13 goals scored versus just 5 allowed. I like the Sharks to go on a bit of a run, and two wins in two games following the All-Star break would be a good start. Consider a look at the Sharks on Wednesday night in San Jose.