Sharks-Canadiens coverage gets underway with Sharks Pregame Live at 3:30 p.m. on CSN California
Where they stand
Sharks: 35-28-8, 78 points, 5th Pacific Division
Canadiens: 45-20-7, 97 points, 1st Atlantic Division
San Jose is five points behind the Flames for third place in the Pacific Division, and six points behind Winnipeg for the second Wild Card spot. Each team has 11 games remaining.
Sharks: The Sharks evened their record on their seven-game road trip to 1-1 on Thursday night in Toronto, handling the Maple Leafs 4-1. Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture, Melker Karlsson and Tommy Wingels were the goal scorers, while Joe Thornton posted two assists to reach 900 in his career. The Sharks, 6-6-0 in their last 12, will resume their trip a short distance away in Ottawa on Monday. San Jose is 18-12-3 on the road this season, and has eight of its final 11 away from SAP Center.
Canadiens: Carey Price made 31 saves on Thursday night in Montreal’s 4-0 shutout win over Carolina at Bell Centre. After a stretch of just one win out of six games, including a loss in San Jose on March 2, the Canadiens have now won three of their last four games in regulation including two straight. Montreal trails Anaheim by two points for first overall in the league, with one game in hand and the tiebreaker, in the battle for the President’s Trophy.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Tomas Hertl. The 21-year-old has two goals and three points in his last four games, including one in Toronto on a nice setup by Chris Tierney. After struggling for much of the season, Hertl seems to have found some chemistry with the rookie center, while Patrick Marleau fills out what was the second line against the Maple Leafs.
Canadiens: P.K. Subban. The defenseman has generated 52 points from the blue line (13g, 39a), tied with Brent Burns for third in the league among defensemen, but has also been fined twice now for diving after another incident on March 12 vs. Ottawa. Subban has just one point, an assist, in four career games vs. the Sharks.
Goals per game: 2.76 (15th)
Goals-against per game: 2.73 (22nd)
Power play: 21.6 percent (6th)
Penalty kill: 79.0 percent (25th)
Goals per game: 2.57 (21st)
Goals-against per game: 2.17 (1st)
Power play: 15.9 percent (26th)
Penalty kill: 84.4 percent (7th)
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Chris Tierney – Tomas Hertl
Tommy Wingels – Logan Couture – Matt Nieto
Daniil Tarasov – Ben Smith – Barclay Goodrow
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Mirco Mueller – Brenden Dillon
Matt Irwin – Brent Burns
Antti Niemi (confirmed starter)
Max Pacioretty – Tomas Plekanec – Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchekyuk – David Desharnais – P.A. Parenteau
Jacob De La Rose – Lars Eller – Devante Smith-Pelly
Brandon Prust – Manny Malhotra – Dale Weise
Andrei Markov – P.K. Subban
Jeff Petry – Tom Gilbert
Alexei Emelin – Greg Pateryn
Carey Price (confirmed starter)
Sharks: Raffi Torres (right knee surgery) and Mike Brown (broken right fibula) are out.
Canadiens: Torrey Mitchell (arm) is on injured reserve. Brian Flynn (upper body) is day-to-day.
Alex Stalock made 20 saves in a 4-0 shutout of the Canadiens at SAP Center on March 2. The Sharks went 2-for-3 on the power play to end a three-game losing streak that night.
The Sharks are 13-13-5 all-time vs. Montreal, but the Canadiens have won 10 of 15 at home.
“Some days it’s just working on details. Some days they show you what you did good. It’s a mix of both, depending on how we did the night before. Last night was pretty good for us, so it was a more positive meeting.” – Justin Braun, after the Sharks team meeting on Friday