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2015 Coors Light Stadium Series - Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks

Sharks’ Irwin sidelined, Fedun recalled

The San Jose Sharks will be without Matt Irwin tonight when they play host to the Vancouver Canucks.

Irwin was injured during practice Friday and coach Todd McLellan is hoping its just a day-to-day situation with the defenseman.

“Until we get to tomorrow, we don’t know if that’s the time,” McLellan said per CSNBayArea.com.

The 27-year-old, who was frequently a healthy scratch during the first half of the season, had been playing some of his best hockey of the season prior to the injury. Irwin had at least a point in six of his last eight games, including a four-game streak.

“He’s been really good since he got back into the lineup,” McLellan said. “He worked so hard when he was out of the lineup to improve his footspeed and get quicker. Offensively, he’s contributing in a lot of areas.

“His confidence is at an all-time high. It’s unfortunate for him as an individual to not be able to continue on, but hopefully he’s very short tern and has the opportunity to get back in before he loses anything that he’s gained.”

Taylor Fedun, who was recalled Saturday, will not play against the Canucks. Scott Hannan is expected to take Irwin’s spot in the lineup. Hannan has been a healthy scratch the last two games.

Fedun had five goals and 24 assists to go along with a plus-1 rating in In 56 AHL games with the Worcester Sharks.

Saturday is the first recall of the season for the 26-year-old.

Goalie Nods: Hutchinson gets a sixth straight start

St. Louis Blues v Winnipeg Jets

Michael Hutchinson gets the nod in Nashville

Michael Hutchinson will look to right the ship tonight in Nashville. The Jets’ goaltender allowed three goals on 17 shots in a loss to the Senators on Wednesday. Hutchinson has lost three of his last five games while posting a 2.57 GAA and .906 save percentage. The Jets have not won in Nashville this season and will look to avoid a third straight loss to the Preds.

Pekka Rinne, who has lost four in a row, gets the nod for Nashville.


Blues at Leafs: Brian Elliott vs. Jonathan Bernier

Stars at Lightning: Jhonas Enroth vs. Andrei Vasilevskiy

Islanders at Panthers: Michal Neuvirth vs. Dan Ellis

Sabres at Capitals: Anders Lindback (unconfirmed) vs. Braden Holtby

Avalanche at Blue Jackets: Semyon Varlamov vs. Curtis McElhinney

Canadiens at Coyotes: Carey Price vs. Mike Smith

Penguins at Kings: Marc-Andre Fleury (unconfirmed) vs. Jonathan Quick (unconfirmed).

Canucks at Sharks: Eddie Lack vs. Antti Niemi

Canucks’ Dorsett: ‘We’ve got to come with our best effort every night’


Facing the Arizona Coyotes, losers of 10 straight heading into Thursday and in the battle for the Connor McDavid sweepstakes, the Vancouver Canucks looked to have two points just waiting for them.

All they had to do was put in the time, take them, and move on to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

Instead, the Coyotes came away with a 3-2 shootout victory after the Canucks got off to a horrendous first-period start and needed a third-period comeback just to earn the single point. Against a team that is in a quick spiral down the Western Conference standings, the Canucks were guilty of some egregious turnovers and Eddie Lack was forced to make some huge saves in overtime.

Just seven days before their loss in Arizona, the Canucks were beaten in Buffalo.

In a playoff race, teams can’t afford to throw away points against lesser opponents. In seven days, the Canucks wasted four points against the Coyotes and Sabres alone. Could mean the difference between a post-season berth or another early start on the golf course.

“It’s something that we get reminded of but we have to take it on as players and be professional,” said forward Derek Dorsett, speaking on TSN 1040 radio in Vancouver on Friday.

“We all want to get to the playoffs, and we know what we have to do to get to the playoffs, and that’s win games. We’ve got to get as many points as we can, when we can. It doesn’t matter if we’re playing (Arizona) or San Jose, we’ve got to come with our best effort every night this time of year.”

And at this time of year, there are going to be injuries and ailments.

From The Province:

Shawn Matthias back on wing, Linden Vey back from purgatory and Ronalds Keninis back to reality.

In what looks more like a playoff-ready lineup — one that will be bolstered when Brad Richardson returns from an ankle injury — the Vancouver Canucks talked Friday about getting their heads and their games into postseason mode as they prepare to face the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.