Posted December 27, 2011 on AP on Fox
ANDY LEFKOWITZ STATS Writer While the Vancouver Canucks are looking to increase their slim lead in the Northwest Division, the San Jose Sharks have their eyes on sole possession of first place in the Pacific. Two of the Western Conference's top teams square off for the second time this season as the Canucks meet the Sharks on Wednesday night to open a three-game road trip through California. With a 3-2 victory Nov. 26 at HP Pavilion, Vancouver improved to 8-1-1 in its last 10 games against the Sharks, including a five-game victory in last season's West finals. The Canucks (22-12-2) have scored 18 goals while winning four of five at San Jose after being outscored 23-8 during an 0-5-1 stretch there Dec. 13, 2007 to April 8, 2010. Since losing to West-leading Chicago on Nov. 16, the Canucks have gone 13-3-1 to take a one-point lead over struggling Minnesota in the Northwest. Vancouver took an early 3-0 lead Monday and topped Edmonton 5-3 as Andrew Ebbett recorded the first ...
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