First real test of the year for both of these teams.
San Jose has had their way with Calgary, Edmonton, Phoenix, and now Colorado, so far this young season. All three of those teams are expected to be hunting for the bottom 5 spots in the conference with Columbus. Two of those teams gave the Canucks some difficulty, but Vancouver's last game in Anaheim seems to indicate that the Canucks are starting to come together as a team and shake off the rust.
San Jose has (in recent years) been a team that comes out of the gate fairly well, showed some up and down, but found their stride and finished the first month strongly, this year they are starting very well and look to be the team to beat in the Western Conference as we hit the 1 week mark. But, as stated, they haven't faced a team that is really even expected to challenge for a playoff spot. Their games have shown them to come flying off the line at puck drop and attack with speed and strength for the better part of 40 minutes, and then cool down in the dying minutes of the 2nd period and coast through the final frame.
Vancouver has barely been a .500 team to start the season going back to 2010. This year is par for the course so far. They have 5 of 8 possible points to date and have generally been a team that has come out a bit slow, picked it up, and then finished at an average level. Friday's game in Anaheim showed a slow starting team that rallied early after being besieged and then went strong to the finish line. But Vancouver hasn't really been tested either. The only real challenge has been the Ducks, and they are probably looking at a 7-10 place finish in the West. If not for a breakdown in net by Schneider the first game would probably have been up for grabs or a deuce in Vancouver's pocket.
So this one is a good measuring stick for both teams. I'm hoping that the Canucks used Friday as a rallying point and preparation for two big games in sunny Cali against San Jose and LA.