Good news for Sharks fans: Matt Nieto will draw back into the lineup tonight in the stead of Micheal “Sharks are 1-0 when he plays this season” Haley. The news isn’t so good if you’re a fan of the Penguins.
Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin are both out for Pittsburgh tonight, and that’s in addition to Sidney Crosby. Don’t get it twisted, the Penguins are still one of the best teams the Sharks will see on this road trip — it just won’t quite be the measuring stick game we thought it would be to start.
In other Penguins news, Matt Murray signed a contract extension today. Marc-Andre Fleury will start as Murray works towards a return from injury.
Projected Sharks Lines
Tomas Hertl - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Mikkel Boedker - Logan Couture - Joonas Donskoi
Patrick Marleau - Chris Tierney - Joel Ward
Matt Nieto - Tommy Wingels - Melker Karlsson
Justin Braun - Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Brent Burns - Paul Martin
Brenden Dillon - David Schlemko
Projected Penguins Lines
Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Bryan Rust
Carl Hagelin - Nick Bonino - Phil Kessel
Scott Wilson - Matt Cullen - Patric Hornqvist
Tom Sestito - Eric Fehr - Tom Kuhnhackl
Olli Maatta - Trevor Daley
Ian Cole - Justin Schultz
Derrick Pouliot - Brian Dumoulin