The Sharks (17-11-4, 4th Pacific) return the favor a week after visiting Vancouver, and host the collapsing Canucks (15-16-4, 6th Pacific) tonight. Our boys were rude house guests in BC on Friday, and showed up to the game 20 minutes late. Still, they clawed back to a 3-3 tie, but fell short in the overtime period thanks to a pretty break away goal from Sam Gagner. The greater loss that night may have been Logan Couture, who left the game after a nasty hit from Alex Burmistrov, has not played since, and is not likely to play tonight.
Vancouver is coming off of a fire wagon loss to the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night. Despite a Thomas Vanek hat trick, the Canucks dropped a 7-5 decision to the Habs, their sixth regulation loss in a span of seven games, as regression rears its ugly head upon the poor doomed team.
The Sharks are freshly returned from a three game road trip through Western Canada, where they earned three of the six available points. While far from ideal, there were glimpses of home everywhere not called Edmonton. The Sharks dropped a listless 5-3 affair to the Oilers, so a bounce back game is well in order.
Aaron Dell is set to start tonight, in what could be the very early rumblings of a goalie controversy in San Jose. Dell has won his last four consecutive starts, allowing four total goals across them, including a dominant shut out of the Ottawa Senators. Dell's last regulation loss was 18 November against the Boston Bruins.
Luckily for the boys in blue, the reigning Norris trophy winner seems to have reclaimed his crown, as Brent Burns has five goals and ten points in his last six games, and Joe Thornton is set to hit yet another milestone: he's one point away from tying Doug Gilmour for 18th all time with 1414.
Jannik Hansen -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski
Melker Karlsson -- Tomas Hertl -- Kevin Labanc
Timo Meier -- Chris Tierney -- Joonas Donskoi
Marcus Sorensen -- Daniel O'Regan -- Mikkel Boedker
Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon -- Brent Burns
Dylan DeMelo -- Tim Heed
Scratched: Joel Ward
Injured: Logan Couture (concussion), Barclay Goodrow (lower body)
It's apparently Hansen's turn to try to inject some life into San Jose's top line.
Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Jake Virtanen
Reid Boucher -- Sam Gagner -- Brock Boeser
Loui Eriksson -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Thomas Vanek
Brendan Gaunce -- Nic Dowd -- Markus Granlund
Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher
Derrick Pouliot -- Erik Gudbranson
Michael Del Zotto -- Alex Biega
Scratched: Ben Hutton, Nikolay Goldobin
Injured: Christopher Tanev (groin), Sven Baertschi (jaw), Bo Horvat (foot), Brandon Sutter (upper body)
The Canucks have injury problems of their own, as two thirds of their top line, Baertschi and Horvat, are still out for the foreseeable future.
Where to watch
Broadcast: NBCSCA, SNP
Stream: NHL.tv / NHL App
Radio: 98.5 KFOX / NHL App / Sharks App