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There isn't much to pick between the two sides in terms of toughness when you look at regular season stats.
The Sharks have thrown 1,031 hits (21.47 hits per game) and have engaged in 18 fights this season.
The Canucks have thrown 1,020 hits (21.25 hits per game) and engaged in 28 fights.
However, the Canucks have a habit of turning up the physical play when it comes to the playoffs, more so than the Sharks.
Last season, the Sharks threw 1,565 hits (19.08 hits per game) in the regular season and 136 hits (27.2 hits per game) over their five playoff games.
In that same span, the Canucks threw 22.27 hits per game in the regular season and 32.24 hits per game in the playoffs.
So far this season, the top hitters for the Canucks are Maxim Lapierre (116), Dale Weise (84), Alex Edler (77) and Zack Kassian (70).
The top hitters for the Sharks are Tommy Wingels (115), Brad Stuart (87), Raffi Torres (87) and Adam Burish (65).
The Sharks have traded away a few heavy hitters since the last time these two met in the playoffs, including players such as Douglas Murray, Ryane Clowe and Jamie McGinn.
The wild card in all of this is Torres. When Torres is on his game, he absolutely crushes players with heavy hits.
When he is on his game, he does the same, but takes a lot of penalties. When he is really off his game, people get hurt and he gets suspended.
Which Torres shows up when the games get more emotional and intense could determine whether the Sharks can stand up to the Canucks, or if they will fold under relentless forechecking.