Vancouver (22-19-6) at San Jose (33-6-5), 10:30 p.m. EST
SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- The arrival of Mats Sundin and
return of goaltender Roberto Luongo has done little to spark the
On Tuesday, the Canucks hope both players can help them snap a
miserable skid when they visit the San Jose Sharks.
Vancouver lost, 6-5, in a shootout against the Columbus Blue
Jackets on Sunday and broke a franchise record with its seventh
straight home defeat.
The previous mark was set December 18, 1970-January 20, 1971
during the team's inaugural season, and equaled in a stretch
from November 3-18, 1978.
The Canucks also fell for the fifth straight contest overall for
the first time since an 0-4-1 slide from March 5-14, 2006. They
are 1-4-1 since Sundin joined the team.
Meanwhile, Luongo, a four-time All-Star, had been sidelined with
a strained groin for more than seven weeks - a span in which the
Canucks went 9-12-3 and slipped from first in the Northwest
Luongo showed his rust during a 4-1 setback to the Phoenix
Coyotes in his first game back on Thursday and fizzled once
again against the Blue Jackets despite stopping 23 shots.
The Sharks, who enter with a 21-1-2 record at home, are coming
off a 6-5 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.
They too have called upon a veteran to help as Claude Lemieux
was recalled from Worcester of the American Hockey League on
The 43-year-old Lemieux, who won four Stanley Cup titles during
21 NHL seasons with five clubs while earning a reputation as one
of hockey's top agitators, signed with the Sharks on December
Though San Jose is just 3-2-1 against the Northwest Division
this season, two of those victories have come against Vancouver.