Canucks vs. Sharks: San Jose Looks To Rebound Against Vancouver in Vital Game

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IDecember 27, 2011

SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks battles for control of the puck with Sami Salo #6 of the Vancouver Canucks at HP Pavilion at San Jose on November 26, 2011 in San Jose, California. The Canucks won the game 3-2. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Tomorrow night, the San Jose Sharks will play the first half of a home-and-home series against the Vancouver Canucks in San Jose.

Tomorrow night's game is very important for several reasons.

The Sharks lost to the Anaheim Ducks last night, 3-2 at home. The Ducks are the Sharks' rivals, and a much weaker team this year. The Sharks need to beat the Canucks, a more challenging team than the Ducks, to say to themselves "We are a consistent team."

The Sharks would also like to shake the inconsistency label from themselves, as they've been hot and cold so far this season.

It's an important game for the Sharks to win so they can rebound from the tough loss and stay hot.

Tomorrow night's game is against another team who has arguably a budding rivalry with the Sharks. The two teams always play each other tough, and are always at the top of the Western Conference. The Sharks are still looking for revenge on the Canucks from last season's playoffs, where Vancouver eliminated the Sharks. 

Also, the Sharks could simply always use the two points. They lead the division, so they're the third seed in the conference, but the Sharks could be close to falling from the top eight. The Sharks have fewer games played, but the Blues, Red Wings and Wild have more points.

It should be a really good game tomorrow night.