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Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks Game 36 notes, prediction & tweets!

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The Canucks look to avoid being April Fools tonight against the San Jose Sharks, who offer a chilling glimpse this year of what happens when a window finally closes on your core. The Sharks have, however, rolled off four straight wins to stay on top of the conga line for the bottom playoff spots in the West.

Just how the Canucks how fast winning streaks can fall apart.

Matchup: Vancouver Canucks (19– 10– 6) v Edmonton Oilers (17– 11–6)
Venue: HP Pavilion
Time: 7:00 pm PT
TV/Radio: Sportsnet, Team 1040

Game Notes

It’s the final chance for the Canucks to pick up a win against the Sharks this year, who have taken the previous two meetings.

The Sharks streak is the first time they’ve won consecutive games Patrick Marleau’s stellar start to the season helped them win seven in a row.

What to watch: San Jose

Douglas Murray’s trade to Pittsburgh for picks last week seemed to indicate another re-tool in San Jose, though they still stand sixth in the West. Their performance tonight could go a long way towards whether more pieces, namely Ryane Clowe, get sold at the deadline.

The Sharks open a four game homestand at HP Pavilion tonight where they’re 11-1-4.

Joe Pavelski holds the hot hand with goals in four straight.

Sharks vs. Canucks

The Sharks open a four game homestand at HP Pavilion tonight where they’re 11-1-4.

Line-up

  • Martin Havlat-Joe Thornton-Brent Burns
  • Patrick Marleau-Logan Couture-Tommy Wingels
  • T.J. Galardi-Joe Pavelski-Ryane Clowe
  • James Sheppard-Scott Gomez-Andrew Desjardins
  • Matt Irwin-Dan Boyle
  • Brad Stuart-Matt Tennyson
  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic-Justin Braun
  • Antti Niemi

What to watch: Vancouver

It wasn’t quite a trade, but the Canucks effectively swapped Zack Kassian and Niklas Jensen yesterday. The former will get some conditioning in Chicago before returning to the lineup while the latter will make his NHL debut tonight, with the Sedins no less.

Meanwhile, Mason Raymond was absent from the game-day skate today and apparently has picked up a lower-body injury. Think Gillis trades some mid-round picks for forwards in the next few days?

Line-up

Injuries

Well, add Raymond to a list that includes Dale Weise and Keith BallardKevin Bieksa didn’t take the morning skate either but there’s no word yet on him not playing.

For the Sharks, Jason Demers didn’t play Saturday and will be a game-day decision.

Prediction

Something involving extra time where the tying goal is scored with less than five minutes left.

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