San Jose takes on Vancouver, aims to end 5-game skid
San Jose Sharks (29-32-9, seventh in the Pacific) vs. Vancouver Canucks (34-28-10, fifth in the Pacific)
Vancouver, British Columbia; Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: San Jose aims to break its five-game slide when the Sharks take on Vancouver.
The Canucks are 9-5-6 against Pacific opponents. Vancouver is 10th in the Western Conference averaging 4.7 assists per game, led by J.T. Miller with 0.8.
The Sharks are 8-9-4 against opponents from the Pacific. San Jose averages 8.7 penalty minutes per game, the eighth-most in the Western Conference. Jeffrey Viel leads the team serving 100 total minutes.
In their last matchup on Feb. 17, Vancouver won 5-4. Miller recorded a team-high 2 points for the Canucks.
TOP PERFORMERS: Miller leads the Canucks with 85 points, scoring 29 goals and registering 56 assists. Bo Horvat has eight goals over the last 10 games for Vancouver.
Timo Meier leads the Sharks with 69 points, scoring 31 goals and registering 38 assists. Brent Burns has three goals and three assists over the last 10 games for San Jose.
LAST 10 GAMES: Canucks: 4-3-3, averaging 2.9 goals, 4.9 assists, three penalties and 6.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game with a .922 save percentage.
Sharks: 3-6-1, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.7 assists, 3.1 penalties and 7.8 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game with an .898 save percentage.
INJURIES: Canucks: Matthew Highmore: out (upper body), Brock Boeser: day to day (arm), Quinn Hughes: day to day (illness).
Sharks: Kevin Labanc: out (shoulder).