Compared to what I've seen in the Avs @ Sharks game, the Canucks are not even remotely close in terms of game speed.
Having your first line play at a competetive level during the lockout is paying dividends big time for San Jose right now.
Canucks are not ready yet to keep up with the Sharks. They'll eat us alive, even with outstanding goaltending on our side. You know, Schneider is human after all.
This game is the first real measuring stick. It will show the Canucks how far away they are from the level of play they need to get to.
I'll be happy if we can avoid a blow-out, get out of the game without any serious injuries (as of now half of our roster is an easy target for big hits due to lack of speed), and keep upping our level of play compared to our last outing.
SJ is too strong too early. Yes they are on the 2nd game of a back-to-back but with a fresh goalie in net - who happens to be their #1 guy. SJ's offence too strong. Sadly, I have to say this will be a tough loss for our Canucks: 5-2 for SJ
The Canucks will need to withstand the early surge from SJ, who will have their skating legs right away given that they played last night. If they can buckle down and withstand the early storm, I think they may be able to take advantage of some fatigue (I hope).
Hamhuis and Bieksa need to have big games as well; we'll need them to contain the Sharks' top forwards.
For that matter, Manny is likely not in today, since AV said he doesn't want to mess with a winning line-up from Friday.
No, no confirmation on Lu starting. I had read that this was his scheduled start somewhere, but after Schneider's shutout, who knows? I'd still go with Luongo though and play Schneider vs the Kinds. However, I know it would be pretty hard for AV to sit Schneids after that shutout so your guess is as good as mine.
This will definitely be one of the front runners for GDT of the year.
Now to the game, I have a hard time believing that we will be in this game given the injuries and great play by the Sharks top 6, which rested in the 3rd period once they were up 4-0. I'm predicting a 5-3 loss but what I'm really hoping for is a game that rivals in awesomeness to this GDT.