Sharks-Lightning coverage gets underway at 4:30 p.m. on CSN California with Sharks Pregame Live
Where they stand
Sharks: 29-20-8, 66 points, 2nd Pacific Division
Lightning: 34-17-6, 74 points, 2nd Atlantic Division
Sharks: Joe Pavelski’s fourth career hat trick and a third period goal from Barclay Goodrow helped the Sharks to a 4-2 win in Arizona on Friday, the 300th in coach Todd McLellan’s career. San Jose ended a three-game losing streak, with its second win in the last seven games (2-3-2), despite falling into a 2-0 first period hole. The Sharks visit Nashville and Dallas this week before hosting the Los Angeles Kings at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday in the Stadium Series.
[RELATED: Pavelski understands Sharks' diminished attendance figures]
Lightning: The Lightning were doubled up by the St. Louis Blues at home on Thursday, 6-3. Steven Stamkos scored his 29th goal in the loss while goalie Ben Bishop allowed five goals and was pulled after two periods. Tampa Bay, 2-2-2 in its last six games, is kicking off a five-game road trip tonight that continues in Los Angeles, Anaheim, Arizona and Colorado.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Joe Thornton. The former captain’s three-assist performance in Arizona flew under the radar a bit, but Thornton enters tonight’s game with five points in the last two games (1g, 4a) to break out of a mini-slump. He’s also thrived in his career against the Lightning, with 39 points in 35 career games (16g, 23a), including a goal in Tampa Bay on Nov. 13. Thornton is 10 assists away from 900 in his career.
Lightning: Nikita Kucherov. The 21-year-old winger brings a five-game point streak into tonight’s game, with four goals and two assists. He’s tied for second in the NHL with a +26 rating, and is third in scoring on the Lightning with 49 points. He has 19 points (8g, 11a) and a +10 rating in his last 21 games.
Goals per game: 2.81 (13th)
Goals-against per game: 2.72 (20th)
Power play: 21.2 percent (7th)
Penalty kill: 80.6 percent (17th)
Goals per game: 3.19 (1st)
Goals-against per game: 2.63 (15th)
Power play: 17.4 percent (20th)
Penalty kill: 83.0 percent (10th)
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Matt Nieto
James Sheppard – Chris Tierney – Tommy Wingels
Andrew Desjardins – Tomas Hertl – Barclay Goodrow
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon - Matt Tennyson
Scott Hannan - Matt Irwin
Alex Killorn – Steven Stamkos – Ryan Callahan
Ondrej Palat – Tyler Johnson – Nikita Kucherov
Cedric Paquette – Valtteri Filppula – Brett Connolly
Brenden Morrow – Brian Boyle – Jonathan Drouin
Victor Hedman – Andrej Sustr
Anton Stralman – Mark Barberio
Luke Witkowski – Jason Garrison
Sharks: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (upper body) was activated from injured reserve on Sunday afternoon. Tye McGinn (upper body), Justin Braun (left hand), Raffi Torres (right knee), Mike Brown (broken right fibula) and Daniil Tarasov (undisclosed) are out.
[RELATED: Vlasic activated from IR, DeMelo reassigned]
Lightning: Cedric Paquette (upper body) is day-to-day. Radko Gudas (knee) and Matt Carle (abdomen) are on injured reserve.
Goals from Joe Thornton and Tyler Kennedy, and 32 saves from Antti Niemi earned the Sharks a 2-1 win in Tampa Bay on Nov. 13.
The Sharks are 16-13-4 all-time vs. the Lightning.
Odds and ends
*Joe Pavelski is tied with Patrick Marleau for second-most hat tricks in Sharks history with four (Jonathan Cheechoo leads with nine).
*Pavelski is third in the NHL with 31 goals, and first with 16 power play goals.
*The Sharks are 15-10-3 on the road, but just 14-10-5 at home.
*The Lightning are 12-11-5 on the road, and 1-0-2 in the last three.
*Brent Burns is tied for second in the NHL among defensemen with 14 goals and is third with 43 points. He’s been a plus or even player in 10 of the last 11 games.
*The Sharks are 2-2-1 without defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic this season.
*Since the beginning of the 2009-10 season, Steven Stamkos leads the NHL with 239 goals.
“He gets us going every night. He’s a good leader, he’s always in the right spot to get those goals, and we knew coming into the second period we had to change the way we were playing and he got it going.” Barclay Goodrow on Joe Pavelski, after the win over Arizona on Friday