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Sharks vs. Canadiens Preview: On the road again

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San Jose starts a five-game road trip in Montreal.

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The Sharks are undergoing a pretty rough stretch right now, which somewhat counterintuitively means it's a great time for a long road trip. Whether it's the half empty SAP Center or the nightlife on Santana Row (or more likely an anomaly that has nothing to do with anything) the Sharks have not played well at home this season.

San Jose is 4-9-0 at home while holding a 10-5-1 mark on the road — a little more nuance might reveal injuries play a role here (especially when the last homestand is concerned) but regardless, the Sharks could use a win tonight using whatever voodoo they need to use.

Tale Of The Tape
San Jose Sharks

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14-14-1 Record 20-8-3
5th in Pacific Rank 1st in Atlantic
53.7%
Score-Adj. Fenwick 51.5%
99.0
PDO 102.2
17.7
PP% 20.4
81.5
PK% 86.7

430PM PDT | Bell Centre | Montreal, Quebec
TV: CSN-CA | Radio: SJSharks.com98.5 KFOX
Know Your Enemy: Eyes On The Prize

Projected Sharks Lines
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Melker Karlsson – Patrick Marleau – Joel Ward
Joonas Donskoi – Chris Tierney – Tommy Wingels
Matt Nieto – Dainius Zubrus – Mike Brown
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Dylan DeMeloBrenden Dillon
Martin Jones
Alex Stalock
Projected Canadiens Lines
Max PaciorettyTomas PlekanecPaul Byron
Lars EllerAlex GalchenyukDale Weise
Tomas Fleischmann – David Dessharnais – Daniel Carr
Sven AndrighettoTorrey MitchellBrian Flynn
Andrei MarkovP.K. Subban
Alexei EmelinJeff Petry
Nathan BeaulieuTom Gilbert
Dustin Tokarski
Mike Condon
Last Meeting

Storylines

  • Interesting fact: The Sharks have not won in a while.
  • It won't be much easier against the Canadiens, who are actually quite good this year instead of being carried around by Price.
  • People are pretty mad about Brent Burns' defensive play, which I would comment on had I not died on the Brent-Burns-to-forward hill over a year ago.