The Vancouver Canucks (24-8-5) look to make it a perfect three-for-three on their current road trip which wraps up tonight when they make their first visit of the season to the HP Pavilion to take on the surging San Jose Sharks (21-13-5).
When you're at the top, the only place to go is down. But for the Canucks, after a 2-1 win over the Avalanche last night propelled them to first place in the Western Conference and first place in the NHL overall, they'll be looking to do whatever it takes to make sure their stay in the penthouse of the NHL standings will be an extended one starting tonight when they try to build on their five-game win streak and 12-game unbeaten streak (10-0-2) with a win over the Sharks.
It would be tough to bet against the Canucks doing just that considering the run they've been on over the last six weeks. Not only are they picking up wins seemingly every time they step out on the ice, but it hasn't been just one or two formulas that have led to victories. Last night in Denver they went down a road to success usually less traveled having their fourth line provide all the offence in a game in which they controlled the majority of with the exception of some anxious moments in the final six minutes while the Avs were pressing for the equalizer.
Being one of the top teams in the League usually also means having to play with a bullseye on your chest so the Canucks can expect a rough ride from the host Sharks in tonight's tilt, particularly as San Jose will be looking to avenge an embarrassing 6-1 loss back on November 26 in the first and only meeting between the two teams so far this season.
The Shark Tank always seems to offer a playoff-like atmosphere whenever the Canucks are in town and the Sharks have not been very gracious hosts over the last few seasons when Vancouver comes to visit. The Canucks are winless in their last six trips (0-5-1) to San Jose having not won at the Shark Tank since earning a 4-3 victory way back on April 7, 2007.