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Sharks at Canucks: Lines, gamethread, and where to watch

No easy wins, no easy wins, no easy wins, now click your heels.

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

The Sharks (17-10-3, 3rd Pacific) continue their whirlwind swing through Western Canada tonight to visit the Vancouver Canucks (14-14-4, 6th Pacific). The Canucks, beset by injuries and that demon known as regression, are in free fall mode and losers of four straight, outscored 20-5 in that stretch, most recently in a humiliating 7-1 drubbing at the hands of the Nashville Predators. What's more, another injury that night cost them the services of top pairing defenseman and this year's Oliver-Ekman-Larsson-memorial-really-good-defenseman-who-is-underappreciated-because-the-rest-of-his-team-is-awful award recipient Chris Tanev.

The Sharks, however, are flying. Fresh off of a 3-2 win over the Flames in Calgary last night, San Jose has a solid grasp on third place in the Pacific division, points in five straight, and a record of 6-2-1 in their last nine. Freshly returned from an injury that cost him six games, Joonas Donskoi tallied an assist and a game winning goal last night, and his newly formed line, including Swiss wizard Timo Meier and my best friend Chris Tierney, accounted for all three Sharks goals. San Jose's power play goal jumped their man advantage efficiency up to 12th in the NHL which, combined with their second-ranked penalty kill, should go a long way to assuaging our wailing and gnashing of teeth about special teams.

The Sharks have won their last 11 straight games in Vancouver dating back to January 2012, so a continuation of that trend in a divisional contest would be a huge boon for a team that looks to be finding its way. However, star rookie and automated awesome nickname generator Brock Boeser does not seem to be slowed down by the loss of both of his regular linemates, Bo "please stop comparing me to Cory Schneider" Horvat and Sven "go ahead and compare me to Rasmus Andersson, really it's fine" Baertschi. The Brock Boes monster has put up three goals and four points in his last four games.

We're all feeling really confident the Sharks can pull out a strong win tonight over a weak and weakening Vancouver team.

So they're almost definitely doomed.

Sharks Lines

Melker Karlsson -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Kevin Labanc

Timo Meier -- Chris Tierney -- Joonas Donskoi

Joel Ward -- Marcus Sorensen -- Jannik Hansen

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- Brent Burns

Dylan DeMelo -- Tim Heed

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Daniel O'Regan, Joakim Ryan

Injured: Mikkel Boedker (lower body), Barclay Goodrow (lower body),

Jones is set to try for his 100th NHL win tonight in his hometown, much to the delight of Mr. and Mrs. Martinjones. Head coach Peter DeBoer has apparently adopted a "win and you're in" strategy tonight, much to the chagrin of the recently recalled O'Regan.

Edit: DeMelo has drawn into the lineup in place of Ryan, because we can't have nice things.

Canucks Lines

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Thomas Vanek

Loui Eriksson -- Sam Gagner -- Brock Boeser

Nikolay Goldobin -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Jake Virtanen

Brendan Gaunce -- Nic Dowd -- Markus Granlund

Alexander Edler -- Derrick Pouliot

Michael Del Zotto -- Alex Biega

Ben Hutton -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Michael Chaput, Ashton Sautner

Injured: Christopher Tanev (groin), Sven Baertschi (jaw), Bo Horvat (foot), Erik Gudbranson (upper body), Brandon Sutter (upper body)

Sautner was recalled from the AHL's Utica Comets today to experience the luxury of an NHL press box. While Gudbranson seems to be close to return, skating with the team this morning, Sutter is still 7-10 days away, according to head coach Travis Green.

Where to watch

Broadcast: NBCSCA, SNP

Stream: / NHL App

Radio: 98.5 KFOX / NHL App / Sharks App