FIVE KEYS TO THE GAME
It’s one thing to play back-to-backs at home; at least you get to sleep in your own bed. But having to travel right after the game and then play in a hostile locale? That’s not easy. Travelling teams on the second night of a back-to-back invariably struggle with the pace of play.
2 Shots from the paint
The Canucks were once doing a great job of getting shots from the slot. Lately they’ve not been. Some of that was injuries. But some of that was other teams surely figuring out what the Canucks were doing. Want to win more? Find those good shots again.
3 The right shot
The Sharks drive a ton of their offence from the right point — and it turns out that’s not just about Brent Burns. Even when he’s not on the ice, the Sharks are well above the league average in how many shots they fire from out there. The Canucks will be focused on that, no doubt.
4 Anders Nilsson
With the Canucks travelling right after last night’s home game against the Panthers, you figure the other big Swede will get the start in goal.
5 Deadly special teams
San Jose have the best penalty kill in the league. The third-best power play. Wanna guess why they’re winning so much?