Programming note: Sharks-Capitals coverage gets underway at 7:30 p.m. on NBCSN
Where they stand
Sharks: 28-20-7, 63 points, 3rd Pacific Division
Capitals: 28-16-10, 66 points, 4th Metropolitan Division
Sharks: The Calgary Flames won for the fourth time in five meetings with the Sharks on Monday at SAP Center, 4-1. Brent Burns’ first goal in 15 games late in the second period goal gave the Sharks life, but the Flames put it away with a third period marker and an empty-netter. The Sharks have lost four of their last five games (1-3-1) and complete a three-game homestand tonight before visiting Arizona on Friday.
Capitals: The Philadelphia Flyers’ ended Washington’s three-game winning streak at Verizon Center on Sunday, 3-1. Alex Ovechkin’s power play goal was the only offense from the home team, which is 4-3-1 since the All-Star break. The Capitals are kicking off a season-long four-game road trip tonight that continues this weekend with back-to-backs in Los Angeles and Anaheim.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Tommy Wingels. The winger returned from a seven-game absence on Monday against the Flames, going scoreless with two shots on goal and three hits. For the time being, Wingels will be counted on to add some scoring on the Sharks’ third line while rookie Chris Tierney gets another chance to play in that role. In the 19 games before he suffered a left hand injury, Wingels had just two goals and three assists, but he’s still tied for fourth on the Sharks in goals with 11.
Capitals: Evgeny Kuznetsov. The rookie had an assist on Sunday against Philadelphia, giving him eight points in the last eight games (2g, 6a), tying him for the team lead in scoring since the All-Star break. Now centering the Capitals’ second line, Kuznetsov brings a four-game point streak into tonight’s game, and is seventh in NHL rookie scoring with 23 points overall.
Goals per game: 2.76 (14th)
Goals-against per game: 2.69 (17th)
Power play: 20.6 percent (8th)
Penalty kill: 81.5 percent (16th)
Goals per game: 2.87 (9th)
Goals-against per game: 2.43 (7th)
Power play: 23.1 percent (4th)
Penalty kill: 80.4 percent (19th)
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Matt Nieto
Tomas Hertl – Chris Tierney – Tommy Wingels
John Scott – James Sheppard – Barclay Goodrow
Scott Hannan – Brent Burns
Mirco Mueller – Brenden Dillon
Matt Irwin – Matt Tennyson
Antti Niemi (likely starter)
Marcus Johansson – Nicklas Backstrom – Alex Ovechkin
Jason Chimera – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Troy Brouwer
Brooks Laich – Eric Fehr – Joel Ward
Jay Beagle – Michael Latta – Tom Wilson
Brooks Orpik – John Carlson
Karl Alzner – Matt Niskanen
Jack Hillen – Mike Green
Sharks: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (upper body), Tye McGinn (upper body), Justin Braun (left hand), Raffi Torres (right knee), Mike Brown (broken right fibula) and Daniil Tarasov (undisclosed) are out.
Capitals: Dmitry Orlov (wrist) and John Erskine (neck) are out.
In their third game of the season on Oct. 14, the Sharks beat the Capitals in a shootout at Verizon Center, 6-5. Matt Irwin had a pair of goals for San Jose, while Alex Ovechkin posted two goals and three points for the Capitals.
The Sharks, 5-6-1 against Metropolitan Division opponents this season, are 23-9-2 all-time against the Capitals.
San Jose is 11-1-2 in its last 14 home games vs. Washington.
Odds and ends
*Todd McLellan has 299 career wins as an NHL head coach. A win tonight in his 511th game would make him the second-fastest NHL coach to reach the mark (Bruce Boudreau).
*Joe Pavelski and Alex Ovechkin are tied for the NHL lead with 15 power play goals.
*Caps defenseman Karl Alzner is set to play in his 400th NHL game.
*Washington is 13-9-5 on the road, while the Sharks are 14-10-4 at home.
*Joe Thornton has one point (an assist) in the last four games.
“We’ll be happy when [Marc-Edouard Vlasic] gets back, but guys that are on the ice right now are more than capable of doing it. Bottom line is it’s on everybody. We weren’t good enough. Not one guy, not 20.”– Joe Pavelski after the loss to Calgary