Notes: Sharks to see Canucks a lot; Burns honored, getting love from Vegas

Notes: Sharks to see Canucks a lot; Burns honored, getting love from Vegas

SAN JOSE – When the Sharks play the Canucks on Thursday at Rogers Arena, it will be the first of five meetings between the teams before the end of the season. Put another way, approximately 16 percent of San Jose’s remaining schedule is against Vancouver in a weird quirk to the final two-and-a-half months.

Although the Canucks aren’t having a spectacular season at 23-21-6, good for sixth place in the Pacific, it’s much better than what was expected by many at the start of the year. They’ve been particularly strong at home, where three of the five games with the Sharks will take place, boasting a 17-6-3 mark (they are just 6-15-3 on the road).

“We’re anticipating a really good team [Thursday],” Pete DeBoer said. “They’re very good at home, they’re desperate, they’re in the middle of the playoff picture. They’re coming down to decision day on whether they’re going to be in or out in the next month. 

“We’re going to see a very good team playing in a tough rink to win in. We’re expecting that, and we know we’re going to have to play a good game.”

Another note regarding the Sharks’ schedule is that they won’t see another team that’s currently in the top 11 in the league standings (either points-wise or percentage-wise) until March 5 when they visit Minnesota. 

San Jose used to struggle with weaker teams in the past, but under DeBoer, that really hasn’t been an issue. This season, the Sharks are 15-5-1 against teams that sit out of playoff position as of the first day of February. That includes 12 wins in their last 13.

“We recognize that we have to treat every game the same,” DeBoer said. “I think we know the importance of the points, and separating ourselves and solidifying a playoff spot.”

“You’re not going to win all those games, obviously, but I know we’ll be prepared and we’ll be in the right mindset.”

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Sharks defenseman Brent Burns was honored by the league as its Third Star of the Month for January. Burns posted 18 points (6g, 12a) in 14 games, including six multi-point efforts. He continues to lead the NHL in scoring among defenseman with 53 points – 12 more than Erik Karlsson, and just six behind Connor McDavid for the overall league lead.

He’s also getting plenty of love from Las Vegas, too. According to Bovada, Burns is the heavy favorite to win the Norris Trophy (1-to-3 odds), and has the fourth-best odds to win the Hart Trophy (10-to-1). 

Only McDavid (6-to-5), Sidney Crosby (9-to-5) and Evgeni Malkin (7-to-1) have better odds than Burns for the league’s MVP award.

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Joonas Donskoi remains out with an upper body injury, and won’t go with the team to Vancouver. He has missed six of the last nine games, and DeBoer confirmed that his latest injury – on a hit from Colorado’s Andreas Martinsen on Jan. 23 – is an aggravation of a previous injury suffered on Jan. 11 at Calgary.


Sharks pick up first win of homestand as Burns moves back to blueline


Sharks pick up first win of homestand as Burns moves back to blueline


SAN JOSE --Brent Burns and Chris Tierney each had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Thursday for their third win in four games.

Mikkel Boedker and Marcus Sorensen also scored for the Sharks, who improved to 3-0-1 against the Canucks this season. Martin Jones stopped 29 shots.

Daniel Sedin scored for the Canucks, who lost their sixth in seven games. Anders Nilsson made 40 stops.

Boedker scored at 8:41 of the first period, picking up a soft rebound from Tierney's shot.

Burns scored his 10th goal, tops among NHL defensemen, taking a pass from Joakim Ryan and sending a laser shot into the net just under five minutes into the second.

Sorensen scored his first goal since Dec. 23, punching it in with an assist from Justin Braun at 3:06 into the third. Marc-Edouard Vlasic had an assist in his third straight game, getting the second assist on Sorensen's goal.

Sedin scored at 6:43, taking a nice pass from Thomas Vanek that gave him clear shot into the net. It was Sedin's 14th goal, one shy of his total last season.

Tierney made it 4-1 after taking a nice pass from Burns with 7 1/2 minutes remaining.

NOTES:Tim Heed was recalled from the AHL and joined a makeshift Sharks lineup, allowing Burns to play up front at times. ... Sharks C Logan Couture has points in four of his last five games. ... Boedker recorded games in consecutive games for the second time this season, and the first since Jan. 15-16. ... Sedin has five points against the Sharks this season and 45 in 69 games. He's recorded points in three straight.


Canucks: Host Boston on Saturday.

Sharks: Host Dallas on Sunday.

Sharks co-prez: Original fin logo to 'start showing back up again'


Sharks co-prez: Original fin logo to 'start showing back up again'

Fans of the original set of San Jose Sharks logos can rejoice: The fin is coming back in a yet-to-be-announced capacity. 

The original secondary logo, a gray fin atop a teal background enclosed by a black circle, "will start showing back up again in a special surprise appearance next year," Sharks co-president Jonathan Becher told NBC Sports California in an interview with Brodie Brazil and alongside co-president John Tortora on Sharks Pregame Live. The logo appeared as a shoulder patch on the team's home and away jerseys from 1991-98, and on its black alternate jersey from 2001-07.

Becher did not elaborate what form that 'special surprise appearance' will take, but it's possible it will appear on an alternate jersey. In Adidas' first season as the league's jersey manufacturer, no teams have alternate jerseys this year, aside from the teams that played in the league's various outdoor games. 

That's reportedly set to change next season. 24-26 teams will have alternate jerseys, the league told Greg Wyshynski in June, and some teams will utilize previous designs. The Sharks wore a version of their original teal jersey as a 25th anniversary alternate during the 2015-16 season -- perhaps it will return next season? 

Becher also told NBC Sports California that the team's newest alternate logo, the 'yelling shark' featured on the shoulders of their current teal jerseys, will begin making more appearances. It will not replace the current logo, Becher said.