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Sharks vs. Penguins: Hosting Sidney Crosby

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The Sharks play host to Sidney Crosby and the Penguins in the third game of a three-game homestand.

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Playing against players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel would be the absolute worst if the Penguins were a division team. Instead, it's more like a nice treat when Pittsburgh rolls into SAP Center to play the Sharks. With Justin Braun still out for tonight's game, San Jose is a bit banged up to host the black and gold but after an authoritative win over a god-awful Flames team the Sharks will look to build a winning streak.

Tale Of The Tape

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San Jose Sharks
13-8-2 Record 14-9-0
3rd in Metropolitan Rank 2nd in Pacific
48.7%
Score-Adj. Fenwick 51.4%
99.9
PDO 100.6
16.5
PP% 16.4
84.0
PK% 80.8

7:30PM PDT | SAP Center | San Jose, CA
TV: NBC Sports | Radio: SJSharks.com98.5 KFOX
Know Your Enemy: PensBurgh

Projected Sharks Lineup

Sharks

Melker KarlssonJoe ThorntonJoe Pavelski

Joonas DonskoiPatrick MarleauJoel Ward

Matt NietoTomas HertlTommy Wingels

Dainius ZubrusChris TierneyMike Brown

Marc-Edouard VlasicBrenden Dillon

Paul MartinBrent Burns

Mirco MuellerMatt Tennyson

Martin Jones (confirmed starter)

Alex Stalock

Projected Penguins Lineup

Pascal Dupuis – Sidney Crosby – Chris Kunitz

David Perron – Evgeni Malkin – Phil Kessel

Patric Hornqvist – Nick Bonino – Beau Bennett

Sergei Plotnikov – Matt Cullen – Eric Fehr

Rob Scuderi – Kris Letang

Brian Dumoulin – Ben Lovejoy

Ian Cole – Adam Clendening

Marc-Andre Fleury (confirmed starter)

Jeff Zatkoff

Last Meeting

Brent Burns and Paul Martin accounted for all three goals and the Sharks won going away against the Penguins.

Storylines

  • The Sharks called up Karl Stollery today.
  • Neither team is setting the world on fire in the power-play department, but both have the talent that, well, they should be.
  • Pittsburgh has lost two consecutive overtime games.