Originally posted on Red Light District Hockey  |  Last updated 12/28/11
The Morning After:
Yesterday’s results:
Penguins 4, Hurricanes 2
Flames 2, Blue Jackets 1 (SO)
Canadiens 6, Senators 2
Lightning 5, Flyers 1
Panthers 5, Maple Leafs 3
Red Wings 3, Blues 2
Jets 4, Avalanche 1

RLD 3 stars of the night:
1. Steven Stamkos, TB (2 goals)
2. Evander Kane, WPG (2 goals)
3. Pavel Datsyuk, DET (1 goal, 1 assist)

Tonight’s slate:
Sabres @ Devils, 7:00 ET
Rangers @ Capitals, 7:30
Wild @ Predators, 8:00
Kings @ Blackhawks, 8:30
Bruins @ Coyotes, 9:00
Canucks @ Sharks, 10:30

Game of the night:
Vancouver Canucks @ San Jose Sharks
10:30 ET… TV: TSN, Local Networks

Overall: Canucks (22-12-2) … Sharks (22-12-1)
Away/Home: Canucks (11-7-1) … Sharks (12-7-1)
Last 10: Canucks (7-2-1) … Sharks (5-3-2)
Season Series: 1-0 Canucks

Players to watch:
VAN- Alex Burrows
Burrows has five goals, including three game-winners, in the last six games.
SJ- Joe Pavelski
Following a dry spell, Pavelski has six points in the last six games.

Starting goaltenders:
VAN- Roberto Luongo (2011-12 stats: 15-7-2, 2.47 GAA)
SJ- Antti Niemi (2011-12 stats: 15-7-3, 2.34 GAA)

Injury report:
VAN- David Booth (knee, out), Aaron Rome (thumb, out), Aaron Volpatti (shoulder, out)
SJ- Antero Niittymaki (shoulder, questionable), Martin Havlat (hamstring, out), Jim Vandermeer (upper body, out), Douglas Murray (hand, out)

Game thoughts:
The Sharks and Canucks played five spirited games in the Western Conference Finals last spring. And for the second time this year, those two teams will reunite and battle it out. For the Sharks, this will be a home-and-home, as they will have four days off before a game in Vancouver. The Canucks will play twice tonight and next Monday. These couple games will be a good test to see where the Sharks are right now, and I think they take care of business on home ice tonight.
Prediction: Sharks 4, Canucks 3

The rest of today’s predictions:
Sabres over Devils
Capitals over Rangers
Predators over Wild
Blackhawks over Kings
Bruins over Coyotes

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