The Week Ahead: Sharks, Stars, and Panthers pay a visit to Vancouver, presumably to play hockey

Every Wednesday we take a look at The Week Ahead to see what storylines we’ll be following, because Wednesday is a day meant for looking ahead to the future. Around here we call Wednesday “Future Day” and we all wear silver jumpsuits and big bubble space helmets. Doesn’t everybody do that?


Thursday, November 14th
At home vs the San Jose Sharks

Just 21 games into the season, the Canucks will face the San Jose Sharks for the fourth and final time. After a pair of 4-1 losses extended the Canucks’ losing streak to 9 games against the Sharks, it seemed like we would be glad to see the last of them, but a thoroughly entertaining 4-2 victory last week made fans eager for more. As it is, if the Canucks face the Sharks again in the first round, there will be a 5 month gap between games for these two Pacific Division rivals.

The Sharks ended their 5-game losing streak Tuesday, but it was against the terrible Calgary Flames in overtime, which means they basically lost.

Sunday, November 17th
At home vs the Dallas Stars

This will be the first game against the Stars since the Derek Roy trade that sent Kevin Connauton to Dallas. Canucks fans eager to find fault with Mike Gillis had plenty of criticism for the Canucks’ GM when Connauton made the Stars out of training camp, but the defenceman has been a frequent healthy scratch, playing just one game this season. We definitely won’t see him in this game, as he’s currently in the AHL on a conditioning assignment. Recalled from the Texas Stars in his place is another familiar face, though: Aaron Rome.

The Canucks will also see Valeri Nichushkin, who was selected 10th overall in the 2013 draft, one selection after the Canucks picked Bo Horvat. Nichushkin has 1 goal and 5 points in 16 games.

Tuesday, November 19th
At home vs the Florida Panthers

The Canucks haven’t seen their NHL farm team in Vancouver since October, 2010. There should be five former Panthers in the lineup to face their former team: Roberto Luongo, Mike Santorelli, Chris Higgins, Jason Garrison, and David Booth, whose conditioning assignment with the Utica Comets ended on Tuesday. It will be the first time Booth plays against the Panthers: when the Canucks were in Florida in 2012, Booth was injured, which is unfortunately unsurprising.

The Panthers have been terrible this season, with just 4 wins in 19 games. It hasn’t helped that Tim Thomas has struggled with injuries, while Jacob Markstrom and Scott Clemmensen have been awful in his stead. Oh, by the way, Tim Thomas is in Florida now. That should be fun.

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  1. Warpstone
    November 13, 2013

    Could be just me, but even these short lulls in between games is unbearable. :D More games! Less rest! The Canucks seem to do better now in these no-hope schedules anyway.

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  2. Paul from YT
    November 13, 2013

    I think there’s too much forward positive thinking in the statement that Booth will play against the Panthers for the first time. I mean, between now and the 19th there are 2 games, practices, reaching for a cracker…Oh wait, that was Sopel…where Booth could re-injure himself. Actually, at this point is it classed as re-injured or are days when he’s healthy ‘Off Days’ from injury?

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    • Aaron
      November 13, 2013

      Ha ha.

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  3. shoes
    November 13, 2013

    The Canucks historically have a bad Oct and the Sharks always have a great Oct/Nov……and after the thrashing last playoffs, it can’t be a conspiracy putting all 4 games in the first 1/4 of the season, Can it? Or just a good joke by the NHL.

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  4. Kevin
    November 13, 2013

    Sharks – What is it with the Canucks playing the Sharks only on Thursdays?
    Stars – Win it for Gulutzan!
    Panthers – And in return, there should be one former Canuck in the Panthers roster: Mike Weaver

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  5. Neil B
    November 13, 2013

    Sooo… when Florida leaves, who will defect to play for Vancouver? Worked for Nedved… even got him on the Canadian Olympic team for a Silver Medal.

    Just sayin’, Tomas Fleischmann…

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    • NarkusMaslund
      November 14, 2013

      Marcel Goc would be a-ok with me.

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