SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- The Vancouver Canucks look to
move a step closer to securing their first division title in 12
seasons on Friday night when they meet the San Jose Sharks.
The Canucks are tied atop the Nortwest Division with the
Colorado Avalanche with two games remaining. If the teams end up
tied, the Canucks would win their first division since 1992-93
when they captured the Smythe Division.
Vancouver also would end Colorado's stranglehold on division
titles. The Avalanche have won an NHL-record nine straight
division titles. After this contest, the Canucks close the
regular season at home against Edmonton on Saturday night.
The Canucks are surging at the right time. They have won four
straight games, allowing just four goals in that span.
On Wednesday, Sami Salo scored with 20.3 seconds remaining in
the third period, lifting the Canucks to a 2-1 victory over the
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. San Jose already has wrapped up the
Pacific Division title and is locked into the second seed in the
Western Conference playoffs.
Like the Canucks, the Sharks also are closing the season with a
flourish. They have won five straight games and allowed just
one goal in their last three contests.
San Jose has won two of the three meetings between the teams