A preview of the Sharks.
When and where: 7:30 p.m, EDT, Consol Energy Center.
TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), NBC Sports (Rest of the United States).
Record: 37-30-8, 82 points. The Sharks are in fifth place in the Pacific Division.
Leading Scorer: Center Joe Pavelski, 67 points (36 goals, 31 assists).
Last Game: 3-2 road shootout win against the Flyers Saturday. Goaltender Alex Stalock made 16 saves for the Sharks.
Last Game against the Penguins: 2-1 home shootout win March 9. Goaltender Antti Niemi made 39 saves for the Sharks.
Sharks Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Defenseman Brent Burns (above). He has a three-game scoring streak.
Ex-Penguins on the Sharks: Assistant coach Jim Johnson.
Ex-Sharks on the Penguins: Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, goaltender Thomas Greiss.
Useless Sharks Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Sharks left winger Matt Nieto has played in 131 career games, second-most among active players born in California. Only former Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (774), now of the Capitals, has played in more.
The last time the Sharks played the Penguins, this happened:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (32-17-8, 2.27 GAA, .921 SV%) for the Penguins. Alex Stalock (7-7-1, 2.60 GAA, .902 SV%) for the Sharks.
Injuries: For the Penguins, left winger David Perron (illness) is doubtful. Defensemen Christian Ehrhoff ("upper body") and Kris Letang (concussion) are out. Right winger Pascal Dupuis (blood clot) and defenseman Olli Maatta (shoulder) are on injured reserve. For the Sharks, defensemen Mirco Mueller (left hand) and Marc-Edouard Vlasic ("lower body") are out. right winger Mike Brown ("lower body") and left winger Raffi Torres (knee) are on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins had an optional morning skate. Consider this a guess based on their lines and defensive pairings from yesterday:
26 Daniel Winnik - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
14 Chris Kunitz - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 17 Blake Comeau
19 Beau Bennett - 16 Brandon Sutter - 23 Steve Downie
13 Nick Spaling - 40 Maxim Lapierre - 27 Craig Adams
7 Paul Martin - 51 Derrick Pouliot
4 Rob Scuderi - 28 Ian Cole
12 Ben Lovejoy
-According to the team's Web site, the Sharks lines and defensive pairings are:
68 Melker Karlsson – 19 Joe Thornton – 8 Joe Pavelski
12 Patrick Marleau – 39 Logan Couture – 48 Tomas Hertl
83 Matt Nieto – 50 Chris Tierney – 57 Tommy Wingels
71 Daniil Tarasov – 21 Ben Smith – 89 Barclay Goodrow
27 Scott Hannan – 61 Justin Braun
52 Matt Irwin – 88 Brent Burns
4 Brenden Dillon - 43 Taylor Fedun
-Due to injuries and salary cap restrictions, the Penguins will only be able to dress 17 skaters.
-Center Sidney Crosby has 299 career goals.
-Defenseman Rob Scuderi has 98 career points.
-With Vlasic sidelined, the Sharks recalled defenseman Taylor Fedun from Worcester of the AHL.
-Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan will play after leaving yesterday's game due to facial injuries.
-The referees are Kevin Pollock (No. 33) and Wes McCauley (No. 4). The linesmen are Steve Barton (No. 59), Pierre Racicot (No. 65).
-Our live blog starts at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please tune in.
(Photo: Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)