ANDY LEFKOWITZ STATS Writer While the playoff race is just heating up for most NHL clubs, matchups between the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks have already had the intensity of a postseason series.
The division leaders face off for the fourth and final time in the regular season Saturday when the Sharks visit Vancouver.
The three previous meetings resulted in 3-2 scores with the Canucks (28-15-4) winning twice - once in overtime. San Jose (26-13-5) took the most recent one in a shootout Jan. 2 in Vancouver.
Including last season's Western Conference finals, Vancouver is still 5-0-2 in its last seven home games against the Sharks.
The Canucks' eight-point lead over Colorado in the Northwest is the largest of the NHL's division leaders, but they'll be looking to avoid losing three straight for the first time since April 19-24 during last season's West quarterfinal series against Chicago.
Following Sunday's 4-2 loss to Anaheim in the opener of a six-game homestand, the Canuc...