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Gameday Skate: Canucks host Sharks looking to pull even in season series

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One week ago the Vancouver Canucks broke the San Jose Sharks’ unbeaten streak at home in one of Vancouver’s best games of the season, and tonight the Sharks have a chance at revenge with another meeting at Rogers Arena.

The Canucks have dropped two straight since their solid 4-2 in in San Jose, and can expect a close game tonight against a tough Sharks team that has taken both of their past two games into overtime.

Booth Back

David Booth is expected to play for the Canucks tonight after being sent down to Utica for a conditioning stint last week.

Booth has come under fire for his play lately, but the team is hoping his time with the Comets has created a spark in the forward.

Booth tallied one assist and six shots over three games with the Comets and can be expected to play with some jump tonight after receiving a taste of the AHL.

Top Line Trouble

Vancouver’s top line of Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, and Ryan Kesler has gone cold over the last week, leaving the Canucks without a true scoring line to carry the load offensively.

David Booth needs to prove he deserves to stick around in the NHL.

David Booth needs to prove he deserves to stick around in the NHL.

The trio has totaled only four points together over their last four games and desperately need to bump the slump against the Sharks tonight at home.

While the Canucks got away with one win without contributions from their top line, it isn’t likely to happen again tonight.

Thornton A Threat

Joe Thornton continues to rack up the points this season with a goal and five assists over his last five games. While Thornton’s lone goal was the product of a dump-in and a series of lucky bounces the Canucks need to be aware of where Thornton is at all times tonight.

The captain remains a centerpiece of the Sharks’ attack and is currently tied with Henrik Sedin for the league lead in assists at 17.

PK Power

The Canucks have killed 23 consecutive penalties heading into tonight’s game and will need the PK to keep the streak alive against the trigger happy Sharks.

Vancouver’s penalty kill currently leads the league at 89.4% and has shown no signs of slowing down since their last power play goal against on October 25th against St. Louis.

Roberto Ready

Roberto Luongo was lit up for five goals Saturday night in Los Angeles and will be looking for a big bounce back game tonight against the Sharks.

Luongo was solid during last week’s win in San Jose and will need to be one of the Canucks’ best players tonight against a Sharks team that loves to shoot the puck.

The Sharks are averaging 37.1 shots per game so far this season, and have out-shot the Canucks 64-48 during their two victories over Vancouver.

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