Canucks Recreation Day: A pre-Christmas Eve shark feast?

The Canucks play their closing sport earlier than Xmas and the final sport after a punishing 27 video games in 53-day stretch.

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San Jose Sharks (9-21-3) vs. Vancouver Canucks (22-9-3)

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When and the place: Saturday, 7 p.m., Rogers Area

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TV: Hockey Evening in Canada. Radio: Sportsnet 650

The thrill: No group has given up extra targets this season than San Jose. No group has scored extra targets this season than Vancouver. The Canucks have performed a sport each different day since Halloween. They’re susceptible to fatigue errors. The Sharks have been busy too, taking part in 4 video games over the previous week forward of this contest. They misplaced all 4. The Canucks have scored 3.6 targets per sport over their final 10 video games. San Jose has given up 3.7 targets per sport in that stretch. This sport might see targets aplenty. And can Andrei Kuzmenko draw again into the lineup?

The historical past: The Canucks throttled the Sharks of their first two conferences of the 12 months, 10-1 and 3-1. However the final time these groups confronted one another, proper after U.S. Thanksgiving, the resurgent-at-the-time Sharks pulled off a 4-3 upset.

The hope: Vancouver’s offence has carried them of late, however their goaltending has been stout as nicely. The Canucks stay scorching, even when they’ve hit the vitality wall. There’s loads of purpose to assume they’ll be their common highly effective selves on Saturday.

The concern: The Canucks lastly will get some respite over the subsequent week — they’re unlikely to let themselves look forward, however you by no means know.

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The highest weapons: Three Canucks stay within the top-10 of NHL scoring: J.T. Miller is third with 46 factors, Quinn Hughes has 42 factors and is tied for seventh, whereas Elias Pettersson is tenth with 41 factors. Brock Boeser has 24 targets, second-best within the league. Tomas Hertl leads the Sharks with 26 factors. Jacob MacDonald has scored 4 targets over the previous 10 video games.

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes skates with the puck in opposition to the San Jose Sharks through the first interval of NHL  sport in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023. Picture by Jeff Chiu /AP

The wounded: Canucks: Carson Soucy (leg fracture, LTIR) and Guillaume Brisebois (concussion, LTIR). Sharks: Ryan Carpenter (undisclosed, day-to-day), Logan Couture (decrease physique, week-to-week), Matt Benning (decrease physique, indifeinite), Ty Emberson (decrease physique, week-to-week), Nico Sturm (hand, indefinite), Calen Addison (decrease physique, day-to-day), Mitchell Russell (undisclosed, indefinite).

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The quote: “We play a system that rewards onerous work.” — Conor Garland, preserving it easy about how he and his teammates have discovered success.

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Thatcher Demko

The prediction: That is going to be a wild one, with the drained Sharks extra more likely to be fascinated with getting house and set for Christmas. The high-flying Canucks can have their manner in a 5-1 win.

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