The Sharks (14-10-2) return home from a humdrum road trip tonight to take on the perpetually-just-about-to-turn-the-corner-into-relevance Carolina Hurricanes (11-10-5). The Sharks batted an even .500 on the trip (2-2-0), a disappointing result against some of the league's finest (and less fine).
The Hurricanes may be better than their record indicates, indeed, they place first in the NHL in 5 on 5 Corsi for percentage (55.21) and expected goals for percentage (54.67) (San Jose is fourth (52.83) and fifth (53.78) in those metrics, respectively). Buoyed by one of the better young defensive corps in the league, if their 28th place shooting percentage (6.68) decides tonight is the night for a regression, our good teal boys could be in for a rough night.
The Sharks' offensive woes have been a story all season, and their most recent road trip was no exception. The Sharks scored eight total goals in their four game journey (that's an average of 2.00 per game, for the math majors), well below their 2.5 goals per game over the course of the season, and, in a rare display of defensive ineptitude, allowed nine in the last two.
Hopefully a return home can cure what ails the Sharks and they can get back on track.
Timo Meier -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski
Melker Karlsson -- Logan Couture -- Tomas Hertl
Jannik Hansen -- Chris Tierney -- Kevin Labanc
Marcus Sorensen -- Barclay Goodrow -- Joel Ward
Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun
Paul Martin -- Brent Burns
Joakim Ryan -- Dylan DeMelo
Scratched: Ryan Carpenter, Daniel O'Regan
Injured: Joonas Donskoi (lower body), Mikkel Boedker (lower body), Tim Heed (upper body)
Suspended: Brenden Dillon
A one game suspension to Dillon for slashing Madison Bowey in a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Monday makes room for Martin to draw back into the lineup after missing the last 24 games with a series of mysterious injuries. Hopefully he can still fill his old wookie-whispering shoes after they were stretched out by Ryan.
Jeff Skinner -- Jordan Staal -- Justin Williams
Sebastian Aho -- Derek Ryan -- Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm
Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Phillip Di Giuseppe
Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce
Klas Dahlbeck -- Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk
Scratched: Josh Jooris, Haydn Fleury
Injured: Lee Stempniak (lower body)
Cam Ward is set to start tonight as the 'Canes, maybe due to his 6-2-0 record against the Sharks, maybe because he's just a very nice man. He'll be looking to become the 32nd goaltender to record 300 NHL wins tonight. If he could do that later, though, that would be swell.
Where to watch
Broadcast: NBCSCA, FS-CR
Stream: NHL.tv / NHL App
Radio: 98.5 KFOX / NHL App / Sharks App