Nov 14, 2013, 5:19 PM EST
It’s only halfway through November, but once the Canucks and Sharks finish their game tonight in Vancouver, they won’t see each other until either the playoffs or next season.
Indeed, the two Pacific Division rivals have already met three times in 2013-14, with the Sharks winning the first two and the Canucks taking the last contest a week ago in San Jose.
Though both teams are in a playoff position in the tough Western Conference, neither has been playing particularly well of late. The Sharks have just one win in their six; the Canucks have dropped two straight in regulation and have gained only five points in their last six outings.
As noted in The Province, much of the Canucks’ struggles can be traced to the Sedins’ mini-slump.
“I don’t think we played good enough. That’s the bottom line,” said Henrik Sedin, who centers the first line with brother, Daniel, and Ryan Kesler. “We didn’t get enough chances. We could have scored a goal here or there. If you don’t create enough chances, you’re not going to get those goals. We have to get back to how we were playing earlier.”
Vancouver’s power play could be better, too.
As for the Sharks, they’re hoping they can use last Thursday’s loss — their first to the Canucks after beating them nine straight times — as motivation.
“We were thoroughly beaten [last Thursday],” said coach Todd McLellan, per CSN Bay Area. “There was a little more battle in the Canucks than there was in us. We didn’t get our noses over pucks when we had to, and we really didn’t establish our game at all. That, and a couple real game-changing errors that you’d like to clean up a bit.”
- AHL announces new Pacific Division — who could go west next? 25
- Babcock didn’t think Wings would be ‘near where we’re at’ 14
- Brodeur announces retirement, leaves ‘the game with a big smile on my face’ 15
- NHL on NBCSN: Sharks’ ‘dog fight’ continues vs. red hot Ducks 4
- NHL on NBCSN: Rangers, Canadiens seek edge as divisional battles intensify 2
- Struggling Kings complete the comeback against Blackhawks 11
- Video: Tempers boil over between Capitals, Penguins 46
- Isles’ Clutterbuck latest to be fined for diving 19
- No hearing scheduled for Kesler after ‘dirty play’ on Dorsett 23
- Why NHL fans — no matter where they live — should care about the plunging Canadian dollar 33