Sharks-Hurricanes coverage gets underway at 1:30 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California
Where they stand
Sharks: 9-8-2, 20 points, 5th Pacific Division
Hurricanes: 5-8-3, 13 points, 7th Metropolitan Division
Sharks: The Sharks fell behind to Columbus by a pair in the second period, and were unable to climb out of that hole in a 2-1 loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday at Nationwide Arena. Joe Pavelski’s eighth goal was all that San Jose could get past Sergei Bobrovsky, who returned from injury to make 36 saves. The Sharks failed to find the equalizer despite a late double minor to Alexander Wennberg, finishing 0-for-3 on the power play. San Jose is 2-3-0 on its current seven-game road trip that concludes in Buffalo on Tuesday.
Hurricanes: Carolina lost its second straight, 2-1 in Boston on Saturday, despite Jiri Tlusty’s team-leading seventh goal and 23 saves from Cam Ward. The Hurricanes began the season with eight straight losses (0-6-2) followed by a 5-0-1 run, but have now lost back-to-back matches to the Jets and Bruins. They begin a five-game road trip in Dallas on Tuesday.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Tyler Kennedy. The forward was one of the few Sharks players that was noticeable throughout the loss to Columbus, and was rewarded for his effort with some shifts on the Joe Thornton-Joe Pavelski line in the third period. Kennedy has just one goal and one assist in six games, but looks like he’s trending the right direction again after a miserable 2013-14 campaign.
Hurricanes: Jeff Skinner. The former Calder Trophy winner scored his 100th career goal against Calgary on Monday, becoming the fourth youngest player to reach the milestone. The 22-year-old missed the start of the season due to a concussion, and has six points (3g, 3a) in 12 games. He led the Hurricanes with 33 goals last season, including 11 on the power play.
Goals per game: 2.74 (13th)
Goals-against per game: 2.68 (16th)
Power play: 23.0 percent (7th)
Penalty kill: 82.8 percent (13th)
Goals per game: 2.31 (27th)
Goals-against per game: 2.94 (22nd)
Power play: 19.6 percent (12th)
Penalty kill: 80.0 percent (19th)
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Matt Nieto
Barclay Goodrow – James Sheppard – Tommy Wingels
Tyler Kennedy – Andrew Desjardins – Adam Burish
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Mirco Mueller – Brent Burns
Scott Hannan – Jason Demers
Troy Grosenick (confirmed starter)
Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Zach Boychuk
Nathan Gerbe – Riley Nash – Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner – Victor Rask – Chris Terry
Pat Dwyer – Jay McClement – Brad Malone
Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk
John-Michael Liles – Tim Gleason
Brett Bellemore – Ron Hainsey
Anton Khudobin (confirmed starter)
Sharks: Raffi Torres (right knee), Mike Brown (left hand) and Alex Stalock (lower body) are out.
Hurricanes: Jordan Staal (broken right leg) is out. Alexander Semin (upper body) and Jay Harrison (lower body) are day-to-day.
Did you know?
*According to Elias, the Sharks are the first team in NHL history to play 15 of their first 20 games on the road. When the Sharks play in Buffalo on Tuesday on Nov. 18, it will be the earliest date in NHL history a team has played 16 road games.
*Logan Couture tallied his first career point, an assist, on Nov. 1, 2009 at Carolina.
*The Hurricanes rank fourth in the NHL with a 52.9 percent faceoff win percentage.
*The Sharks are 4-6-1 against the Eastern Conference.
*San Jose is 4-6-0 when outshooting its opponent, and 5-2-2 when it gets outshot.
The Sharks are 14-14-2 all-time against the Hartford/Carolina franchise. The Hurricanes have won six of the last seven meetings, including both games last season, with one coming in a shootout.
Carolina visits the Sharks on Feb. 7.
“This little bit of a see-saw here, win one, lose one – it gets old.” – Joe Pavelski