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Sharks vs. Penguins preview: Road trip ends in Pittsburgh

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A victory would give San Jose a winning record on their seven-gamer.

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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
San Jose Sharks

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Pittsburgh Penguins
37-30-8, 82 points
Record 41-23-11, 93 points
5th in Pacific Rank 2nd in Metropolitan
50.9%
Score-Adj. Fenwick 53.8%
99.0 PDO 100.5
21.7
PP% 19.7
79.3 PK% 85.5

4:30PM PDT | Consol Energy Center | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: NBCSN | Radio: SJSharks.com, 98.5 KFOX
Know Your Enemy: Pensburgh

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

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock

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

Marc-Andre Fleury
Thomas Greiss

Last Meeting

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.

Storylines
  • 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.