A preview of the Sharks.
When and where: 8:10 p.m., EDT. Consol Energy Center.
TV: NBC, CBC.
Leading postseason scorer: Center Logan Couture, 24 points (8 goals, 16 assists).
Last Game: 5-2 home win against the Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference final. Right winger Joel Ward (right) scored two goals for the Sharks.
Probable goaltenders: Matt Murray (11-4, 2.21 GAA, .924 SV%) for the Penguins. Martin Jones (12-6, 2.12 GAA, .919 SV%) for the Sharks.
Injuries: For the Penguins, center Nick Bonino (undisclosed) and right winger Tom Kuhnhackl (left foot/ankle) are probable. Defenseman Trevor Daley (broken left ankle) is out. Right winger Pascal Dupuis (blood clots), center Kevin Porter (right ankle) and left winger Scott Wilson (right ankle or foot) are on injured reserve. For the Sharks, left winger Matt Nieto (undisclosed) and defenseman Matt Tennyson ("upper body") are questionable.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins had an optional morning skate. Consider this a guess at their lines and pairings:
43 Conor Sheary - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
62 Carl Hagelin - 13 Nick Bonino - 81 Phil Kessel
14 Chris Kunitz - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 17 Bryan Rust
34 Tom Kuhnhackl - 7 Matt Cullen - 16 Eric Fehr
8 Brian Dumoulin - 58 Kris Letang
3 Olli Maatta - 12 Ben Lovejoy
28 Ian Cole - 4 Justin Schultz
-The Sharks had an optional morning skate. Their expected lines and pairings are:
48 Tomas Hertl – 19 Joe Thornton – 8 Joe Pavelski
12 Patrick Marleau – 39 Logan Couture – 27 Joonas Donskoi
68 Melker Karlsson – 50 Chris Tierney – 42 Joel Ward
9 Dainius Zubrus – 16 Nick Spaling – 57 Tommy Wingels
44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic – 61 Justin Braun
7 Paul Martin – 88 Brent Burns
4 Brenden Dillon – 46 Roman Polak
-The last time the Penguins played the Sharks, this happened:
-Bonino participated in an optional morning skate after skipping two days of practice. He is expected to play.
-Letang did not participate in today's skate or yesterday's practice. He said he is playing.
-Among players who have played at least one game this postseason, the Penguins have an average size of 6-foot-1, 197 pounds. The Sharks have an average size of 6-foot-2, 207 pounds.
-This is the Penguins' fifth appearance in a Stanley Cup Final. This is the Sharks' first appearance.
-The referees are (No. 4) Wes McCauley and (No. 13) Dan O'Halloran. The stand-by referee is (No. 9) Dan O'Rourke. The linesmen are (No. 65) Pierre Racicot and (No. 75) Derek Amell. The stand-by lineseman is (No. 95) Johnny Murray.
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