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#81 San Jose Sharks 6 vs.
#82 Vancouver Canucks -145
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:05pm EST
Rogers Arena, Vancouver
Written by Valdis Pans

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Having started their current three-game homestand with a victory versus Arizona, the Vancouver Canucks (3rd in Pacific Division) remain on own ice to host the San Jose Sharks (6th in Pacific), who have lost two outings in a row…

Sharks Lose A Double

Two straight defeats (0-2-0) are bringing the San Jose Sharks (21-24-4) into the weekend, as the team started its current three-date excursion with losses versus the Arizona Coyotes (6-3) and the Colorado Avalanche (4-0). Prior to the skid, San Jose had won two contests in a row, but is still just 2-3-1 in its last six fixtures. The team sits in the 6th place of the Pacific Division with 46 points from 49 games, having recorded an 8-13-3 tally on the road so far this season. Logan Couture leads the Sharks with 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists), while Evander Kane (35 points) has picked up the most markers (19).

Having appeared in 21 games (18 starts) thus far this year, goalie Aaron Dell has posted an 8-8-2 total for the ongoing campaign with a 2.84 GAA and a .909 save percentage. He has registered a 6-1-0 career tally against the Vancouver Canucks with a 2.14 GAA and a .929 save percentage. The Sharks, meanwhile, are burying the 4th lowest amount of strikes per game (2.59), while conceding the 5th highest amount on the defensive end (3.31). They are 24th in power play (16.8%) and top of the league in penalty kill (88.0%).

‘Nucks Win Three Of Four

The Vancouver Canucks (26-18-4) started their current three-game homestand with a win, beating the Arizona Coyotes with a count of 3-1, thus notching their third victory in the last four contests (3-1-0). They have still split their past six outings (3-3-0) following a seven-game winning run prior. The ‘Nucks are presently occupying the 3rd position of the Pacific Division, having collected 56 points from 48 fixtures. The team is 15-5-3 on own ice for the season so far, with Elias Pettersson leading the side with 21 goals and 50 points.

Goalie Jacob Markstrom has made 34 starts during the 2019-20 campaign, taking his ongoing performance status to 18-13-3 for the year with a 2.71 GAA and a .916 save percentage. He is 2-6-1 against the San Jose Sharks historically with a 3.46 GAA and a .886 save percentage. The Canucks, meanwhile, are netting the 10th highest number of goals per game (3.23), while giving up the 16th highest quantity in their defensive zone (3.06). They are 7th in power play (23.9%) and 16th in penalty kill (80.5%).

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The Canucks have won their last seven domestic contests and will be a nightmare of a team to visit for the Sharks, who are experiencing a bit of a crisis at the moment. Especially on the road, where they have already dropped four consecutive decisions. San Jose has triumphed in 16 of its past 21 trips to Vancouver, but has failed to maintain consistency in its performances lately. Which cannot be said about the way Vancouver has played lately, banking 10 victories on the last 13 tries overall. The ‘Nucks have also gone 6-0 when considered a favorite to win, so back the home team in this one!

Prediction: Vancouver Canucks (-160)

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Quite a few goals have been scored in this series lately, with five of the last seven fixtures going over the set goal-mark. Still, do consider banking on this particular game to finish within the limits of just five markers! Seven of the previous nine road contests of the Sharks have already ended with just a minimal amount of goals on the scoresheet, while four of the past six domestic matchups of the Canucks have all been low-scoring affairs.

Prediction: Under 6
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Written By Valdis Pans

Valdis got his first ever article published when he was 13, and has rarely stopped. He has worked for FHM, MTV Baltics and has done loads of freelance (from columns for Cosmopolitan magazine to helping with organization of Macy Gray's shows in the Northern Europe). Speaks five different languages, loves pizza, American Horror Story and pipe organ music, and knows European soccer better than dates of his family members' birthdays. Is an avid fan of ice-hockey too. He is a Latvian after all...