A preview of the Sharks.
Leading Scorer: Patrick Marleau 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists).
Last Game: 3-0 win at Tampa Bay Saturday.
Last Game against the Penguins: 2-1 shootout win at Pittsburgh, Feb. 24.
Sharks Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Ryane Clowe. He has a goal in each of his past three games.
Ex-Penguins: Todd Richards, assistant coach (He is the former coach of the AHL Penguins).
Useless Sharks Trivia: Former Penguins forward Pat Falloon, who was San Jose's first ever first-round pick in 1991, is still ninth among the Sharks career scoring leaders with 162 points.
Best Sharks YouTube Video We Could Find: Jeremy Roenick scored his 500th career goal last season. It was a total joke:
-Dany Sabourin is expected to start tonight for the Penguins.
-The Sharks recalled forward Jamie McGinn from Worcester of the AHL.
-Forward Brad Staubitz was demoted to Worcester.
-San Jose forward Marcel Goc is questionable with an unspecified injury.
-For the first time in Sharks history, the two defending Stanley Cup finalists will play in San Jose in back-to-back games. The Red Wings play at HP Pavilion Thursday.
-Sidney Crosby is fairly anonymous in San Jose.
-The Confluence of the Three Rivers has a preview as well.
-Yahoo! will provide streaming video of tonight's game to those within the United States but outside the Pittsburgh and San Jose market. Click here to watch. (Kudos to EN reader T.J. McAloon for the heads up.)
-Our live blog begins at 10:30 p.m. Suck down some Surge and stay up with us.
-That's our Sharks Starter jacket from eighth grade in the above photo. That jacket changed the course of the 1992-93 scholastic year at Norwin Junior High West.
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Maxime Talbot (above) wants to be a leader. Just not a well-groomed one necessarily.
-Mark Eaton didn't have a good game in New York Saturday.
-The Penguins signed defenseman Alex Grant to a three-year entry-level deal. He was the team's fourth-round draft pick in 2007.
-The Penguins are the 18th largest team in the league.
-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach Dan Bylsma likes Wendy's. And Bill Thomas.
-A used car dealer who used to work for former Penguins forward John Cullen is in some hot water.
-Chris Drury scored his first two goals of the season and led the Rangers to a 4-2 road win against their rivals, the Islanders.
-The Devils put forward Bobby Holik and Brian Rolston, their two big free agent signings in the offseason, on injured reserve.
-New Jersey coach Brent Sutter said the hit Islanders forward Doug Weight put on his son, Hurricanes forward Brandon Sutter, was dangerous.
-If Weight's hit took place during an NFL game, his team would be penalized 15 yards.
-The Islanders unveiled their new "old" third jerseys. Bill Guerin modeled the duds :
-Why have they ever gone away from this look?
-Could the Islanders be moved?
-With Rick DiPietro on the shelf with another injury, the Islanders recalled goaltender Yann Danis and defenseman Brett Skinner from Bridgeport of the AHL.
-The Flyers will not return rookie defenseman Luca Sbisa to his junior puppy-drowning team.
-Philadelphia is a doing a fathers' trip.
-Shockingly, it's not just the Flyers fans that are disgusting pigs. The Phillies fans are too.
-The Senators got two goals and an assist from Jason Spezza in a 5-2 win at Buffalo. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Ottawa.
-Ottawa forward Mike Fisher had a "fight" with Sabres defenseman and Pittsburgh native Mike Weber last night:
-Weber was called up from Portland of the AHL due to an injury to defenseman Henrik Tallinder.
-Sabres goaltender and former
Penguin Patrick Lalime appeared in his 400th career game last night.
-Dennis Wideman's overtime goal gave the Bruins a 1-0 win at Edmonton. Tim Thomas made 27 saves in the shutout.
-The Maple Leafs announced
they will not return rookie defenseman Luke Schenn to his junior team.
-Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen's health is no longer an issue.
-The Hurricanes recalled forward Dwight Helminen from Albany of the AHL.
-Carolina goaltender Cam Ward is trying to extend his career record in Montreal to 8-0-0.
-Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has taken a leave of absence to tend to his ill grandfather.
-Thrashers general manager Don Waddell blames his team's attendance problems on just about everything other than his mismanagement of the franchise.
-Atlanta forward and former Penguin Colby Armstrong (right) was checked for a potential concussion.
-Apparently, part of Ryan Malone's big contract with the Lighting involves him helping promote the owner's lame horror movies:
-The Lightning denied a report that owner and former Penguins forward Len Barrie is diagramming plays in the locker room.
-Shootout goals by Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg gave the Red Wings a 3-2 win at Los Angeles. Detroit's Marian Hossa scored a goal for the third consecutive game. He has four goals in his past three games. You know, the Penguins should've tried to sign this guy or something in the offseason.
-Hossa's a pretty good defensive player too. AND he was named the NHL's third star of the week. Fire Ray Shero.
-Detroit reunited the Grind Line.
-The Blue Jackets put goaltender Pascal Leclaire on injured reserve and removed forward Jared Boll from the list.
-Last night's game against the Ducks, produced the Blue Jackets' lowest attendance ever.
-The Blackhawks recalled defenseman Cam Barker from Rockford of the AHL.
-Having gone through a similar situation with forward Alexander Semin, the Capitals can relate to the Predators' problems with forward Alexander Radulov.
-Mikko Koivu assisted on all of the Wild's goals in a 3-2 defeat of the Blackhawks. At 6-0-1, Minnesota is the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss.
-Canucks forward Rick Rypien is dealing with a sports hernia.
-They still don't like Flames forward Todd Bertuzzi in Denver.
-Behold the amazing sight that is the Oilers' throwback jersey. Dwayne Roloson (right) and company wore them last night. The Oilers could be cleaning out horse stalls while wearing these masterpieces and we would still post a photo of it.
-The Ducks got a goal and an assist each from Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and won at Columbus, 3-2. Anaheim has won four consecutive games.
-Former Penguins defenseman Sergei Zubov will be returning to the Stars' line up soon, but he won't fix all of Dallas' problems.
-The Coyotes need to rebound against the Penguins Thursday.
-Scoring is back to the pre-lockout levels. Remember the "new" NHL?
-A player from Minnesota State (no not that one) scored a natural short-handed hat trick. Geez.
-Should empty netters count? We certainly hope so.
(Photos: Talbot-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Drury-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Guerin-New York Islanders; Armstrong-Mike Zarilli/Getty Images; Roloson-Jimmy Jeong/Canadian Press)