Pittsburgh Penguins (41-16-4) @ San Jose Sharks (39-17-7)
ROOT, NBCSN, CSN-CA – 10:30 pm/et
SAP Center at San Jose – San Jose, CA
Are you thinking the same thing we're thinking? Since when has it been called the "SAP Center at San Jose?" The answer is June 5, 2013.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and their trade deadline additions will face off against Tyler Kennedy and the Sharks in San Jose. Goc and Stempniak arrived this afternoon and their status for tonight's game is unknown.
The Pens have lost their last ten games in San Jose.
STATS, INFO & NOTES:
Penguins: Sidney Crosby (29G, 54A: 83P)
Sharks: Joe Pavelski (32G, 27A: 59P)
Probable Starting Goaltenders:
Penguins: Jeff Zatkoff (9-2-1, 2.64 GAA, .909 Sv% )
Sharks: Antti Niemi (29-13-6, 2.41 GAA, .911 Sv%)
Penguins: Defeated Nashville Predators 3-1.
Sharks: Lost to Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 [OT].
Pittsburgh added Marcel Goc at the tail end of the trade deadline, and I expect he'll find a spot in their bottom six tonight. The Sharks did nothing to shore up their defense concerns before the trade window shut, so if this is to be the year for the Sharks, they'll be doing it with the group we've seen the past 60+ games. There are worse things in the world.
After a discouraging performance against the Carolina Hurricanes, San Jose has a tough task in rebounding against a darn dangerous team. The good news is their schedule gets even softer after the Penguins game, with the Canadiens and Maple Leafs coming to town over the weekend.
What Happened Last Time: December 5, 2013 – Pens won 5-1 [Our Recap]
As things stood Thursday afternoon, after the news that Malkin was gonna be out, the thought of a 5-1 Pens victory seemed more improbable than Adam Levine going away. If anything, it was gonna be a 5-1 Sharks runaway. That, as they say, is why they play the game.
The Pens used a blazing five-minute stretch to score three goals and basically stun the Sharks. The scary thing is how easy they made it look. It looked almost too good to be true.
This was probably the first game of the year where the Pens were noticeably smaller than their opponent. The Sharks looked monstrous. And, God, did they get the puck to the net. They had 23 shots in the second period, two shy of a record for a Pens opponent in a period. The problem for the Sharks was that Marc-Andre was brilliant.
Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Either of the new players if they play.
Sharks Player(s) to Watch: Tyler Kennedy.
Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game:
The new players didn't skate today, so we don't know where they'll fit in the line-up.
Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Brian Gibbons
Jussi Jokinen – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Taylor Pyatt – Brandon Sutter – Joe Vitale
Tanner Glass – Craig Adams – Chuck Kobasew
Rob Scuderi – Matt Niskanen
Olli Maatta – Brooks Orpik
Robert Bortuzzo – Simon Despres/Deryk Engelland
San Jose Sharks lines from Daily Faceoff:
Joe Pavelski – Joe Thornton – Brent Burns
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Matthew Nieto
Raffi Torres – James Sheppard – Tommy Wingels
Martin Havlat – Andrew Desjardins – Adam Burish
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Jason Demers