San Jose is coming off a playoff disappointment after falling in seven games to Los Angeles in the Western Conference semifinals. The Sharks have won 10 playoff series during their streak of nine consecutive appearances – the last five under Todd McLellan – but have yet to reach the Cup finals.
Rookie center Tomas Hertl scored twice and the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-0 in a preseason game Tuesday night.
San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan sees no need to remind his team of the precariousness of a 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored twice to spoil Cory Schneider’s return to the nets for Vancouver and the Sharks won their third straight game to open the playoffs, beating the Canucks 5-2 on Sunday night.
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault is looking for his team to put more pressure on Sharks goalie Antti Niemi. Vancouver’s best chances came mainly from outside in Game 1, and the coach wants his players to move the puck up ice and crash the net.
Whether or not the Vancouver Canucks’ random cheating accusations against the San Jose Sharks are true or not, the Sharks in Game 1 were too fast, had too many scoring opportunities and had a goalie who was too locked in.
The Vancouver Canucks don’t know who their goaltender will be Wednesday night when they host Game 1 of this series against the San Jose Sharks as Cory Schneider tries to recover from an undisclosed injury in time to make the start.
The San Jose Sharks will have to quickly figure out how to win on the road — at least once in this series vs. the Canucks — if they are going to advance. They were 17-2-5 at home but only 8-13-2 on the road, though one of the wins was in Vancouver.
The San Jose Sharks have searched for an identity on their journey through this lockout-shortened season. “I think we’ve got more of an identity right now,” forward Tommy Wingels said. “We really do.
The San Jose Sharks are looking to continue to roll with the fewest regulation home losses in the NHL.