A preview of the Sharks.
When and where: 10:30 p.m. EST. SAP Center.
TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), CSN California (San Jose market), NBC Sports Network (rest of the United States).
Record: 39-17-7, 85 points. The Sharks are in second place in the Pacific Division.
Leading Scorer: Joe Pavelski, 59 points (32 goals, 27 assists).
Last Game: 3-2 home overtime loss to the Hurricanes, Tuesday. Alex Stalock made 32 saves for the Sharks.
Last Game against the Penguins: 5-1 road loss, Dec. 5, 2013. Antti Niemi (right) made 23 saves for the Sharks.
Sharks Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Raffi Torres. He has points in three consecutive games.
Ex-Penguins on the Sharks: Jim Johnson, assistant coach; Tyler Kennedy, RW.
Ex-Sharks on the Penguins: Marcel Goc, C; Tony Granato, assistant coach.
Useless Sharks Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Goc (2000) will become the second former Sharks first-round pick to play for the Penguins. The first was right winger Pat Falloon (1992).
Best Sharks Video We Could Find: Speaking of the devil, here's Falloon scoring a short-handed goal against Kings goaltender Robb Stauber in 1992-93:
Probable goaltenders: Jeff Zatkoff (9-2-1, 2.64 GAA, .909 SV%) for the Penguins. Antti Niemi (29-13-6, 2.40 GAA, .911 SV%) for the Sharks.
Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Paul Martin (hand) are out. Right wingers Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), Chris Conner (hand), Pascal Dupuis (knee), defenseman Kris Letang (stroke) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Sharks, center Tomas Hertl (knee) and defenseman Brad Stuart ("upper body") are on injured reserve
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' did not hold a full morning skate. Consider this a guess at their lines and defensive pairings for tonight:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 49 Brian Gibbons
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
57 Marcel Goc - 16 Brandon Sutter - 22 Lee Stempniak
15 Tanner Glass - 27 Craig Adams - 5 Deryk Engelland
4 Rob Scuderi - 2 Matt Niskanen
44 Brooks Orpik - 3 Olli Maatta
47 Simon Despres - 41 Robert Bortuzzo
The Sharks lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
8 Joe Pavelski – 19 Joe Thornton – 88 Brent Burns
12 Patrick Marleau – 39 Logan Couture – 83 Matt Nieto
13 Raffi Torres – 15 James Sheppard – 57 Tommy Wingels
9 Marty Havlat – 10 Andrew Desjardins – 18 Mike Brown
44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic – 5 Jason Demers
27 Scott Hannan – 61 Justin Braun
52 Matt Irwin – 22 Dan Boyle
-The last time the Penguins played the Sharks, this happened:
-The Penguins have not won in San Jose since, Oct. 22, 1997. They have gone 0-8-2 since.
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(Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)