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The San Jose Sharks started to do a better job of limiting the Sedin brothers last season, and they know that's critical against the Vancouver Canucks.
The Sharks held the Sedins without a point earlier this year, and these teams meet again Tuesday night in Vancouver - where San Jose has failed to win in regulation in its last eight visits including the postseason.
Vancouver (11-6-4) is 10-2-2 in this series - including a five-game victory in the 2011 Western Conference finals - since the start of 2010-11. In that season, Henrik Sedin had 17 points in nine matchups and Daniel Sedin finished with 12.
All four meetings in 2011-12 were decided by one goal, with the Canucks going 3-0-1. However, Henrik Sedin had just one goal and one assist while Daniel's goal accounted for his lone point.
Neither brother had a point as San Jose (10-6-4) took the first meeting this season, 4-1 on Jan. 27. The Canucks were 0 for 7 on the power play.
That victory was part of San Jose's franchise-record, seven-game win streak to start the season, which preceded a 1-6-3 stretch. The Sharks recovered a bit last week, completing a 2-0-1 homestand with Saturday's 2-1 victory over Nashville.
"The first seven games, we showed we could win off of skill alone and it kind of caught up to us and I think these last couple, we've worked hard and skill has come through as well," said center Logan Couture, who had four points on the homestand. "So we've got to work to win games."
San Jose is 2-6-0 with a pair of shootout victories in its last eight visits to Vancouver, last winning in regulation there Nov. 29, 2009.
The Sharks continue to excel on the penalty kill, yielding five goals in opponents' last 61 chances. They will face a Vancouver power play that is 0 for 2 in each of its last five games.
San Jose was thrilled that Dan Boyle and Joe Pavelski had power-play goals against the Predators, giving the club two in one game for the first time in 15 contests.
"It came through, and if you can count on your power play for something once every four or five times that would be a really good thing for our team right now," coach Todd McLellan said.
Vancouver is no doubt pleased to be home after losing for the third time in four games, 4-2 at Calgary on Sunday. The Canucks' arrival in Alberta was delayed due to a snowstorm until just 2 1/2 hours before game time.
"I think it's part of hockey, I think guys growing up are used to that," said defenseman Cam Barker, who had an assist in his Canucks debut.
Jannik Hansen had an eventful weekend with a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-2 home victory over Los Angeles and the same against the Flames. In between, his wife Karen gave birth to twin boys early Sunday morning.
Roberto Luongo is 3-0-2 with a 1.33 goals-against average in five home starts this season. Cory Schneider has never started at home against the Sharks, and his 4.08 GAA in five outings against them is his highest versus any West club he has faced more than once.
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Sharks winger Martin Havlat left Saturday’s win over the Predators with an injury and it sounds like he could be missing additional time:
#SJSharks are saying Marty Havlat is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) March 3, 2013
That would put the chances Havlat playing in the Sharks’ upcoming two-game trip to Canada in jeopardy.
It’s not clear...
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