If the Sharks hope to finish their season-derailing seven-game road trip with a winning record they'll have to do so without their best defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic against a Penguins team stocked with offensive weapons that Vlasic usually thrives in shutting down. A banged-up San Jose blueline will try to keep the team's slim playoff hopes alive in Pittsburgh.
Tale Of The Tape
|37-30-8, 82 points
||Record||41-23-11, 93 points|
|5th in Pacific||Rank||2nd in Metropolitan|
Projected Sharks Lineup
Joe Pavelski - Joe Thornton - Melker Karlsson
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Tomas Hertl
Matt Nieto - Chris Tierney - Tommy Wingels
Daniil Tarasov - Ben Smith - Barclay Goodrow
Brenden Dillon - Justin Braun
Matt Irwin - Brent Burns
Scott Hannan - Taylor Fedun
Projected Penguins Lineup
Daniel Winnik - Sidney Crosby - Patric Hornqvist
Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Blake Comeau
Beau Bennett - Brandon Sutter - Steve Downie
Nick Spaling - Maxim Lapierre - Craig Adams
Paul Martin - Kris Letang
Derrick Pouliot - Ben Lovejoy
Rob Scuderi - Ian Cole
Antti Niemi stopped 39 Penguins shots and Tommy Wingels scored in the shootout as the Sharks defeated Pittsburgh on home ice by a 2-1 final score earlier this month.
- Evgeni Malkin returned to the Penguins lineup last night after missing two weeks with an injury and is expected to face the Sharks.
- Vlasic and Mueller have been ruled out while Hannan's status is questionable. Taylor Fedun has been recalled from Worcester and is expected to make his regular season Sharks debut.