Programming note: Sharks-Bruins coverage gets underway at 3:30 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California
Where they stand
Sharks: 4-1-1, 9 points, 3rd Pacific Division
Bruins: 3-4-0, 6 points, 5th Atlantic Division
Sharks: The Sharks wrap up a five-game road trip tonight, and are 2-1-1 through the first four. They dropped their first game in regulation this season on Sunday in New York against the Rangers, 4-0. Alex Stalock struggled in net and finished with 25 saves on 29 shots, while the Sharks won just 34 percent of their faceoffs. After tonight, San Jose hosts Columbus on Thursday in just its second home game of the season.
Bruins: Boston wrapped up a three-game road trip with a 4-0 shutout victory in Buffalo on Saturday. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist, and goaltender Niklas Svedberg stopped all 32 shots directed his way for his first career shutout. Boston is beginning a stretch of seven of its next nine games at TD Garden, where it is 1-2-0 this season.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: James Sheppard. The forward will make his season debut per NHL.com, likely skating as the third line center where he found success late last year. After a cleanup procedure in his left knee was required in the offseason, Sheppard went to AHL Worcester for a brief conditioning assignment, so he didn’t have to go far to rejoin the Sharks in Boston. Sheppard had 20 points (4g, 16a) in 67 games with the Sharks in 2013-14, and signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract extension in the offseason.
Bruins: Zdeno Chara. The big defenseman showed no signs of slowing down last season, finishing as a first-team NHL All-Star and Norris Trophy finalist, and has a goal in each of the Bruins’ last two games. Chara’s career +187 rating is the best among active NHL defensemen, but he hasn’t done much against the Sharks, with two points (1g, 1a) and a -3 rating in 17 games vs. San Jose. Last season in Boston, he knocked Tommy Wingels from the game in the first period with a high check into the glass.
Goals per game: 3.17 (T – 8th)
Goals-against per game: 2.33 (12th)
Power play: 21.7 percent (11th)
Penalty kill: 82.4 percent (T - 16th)
Goals per game: 2.00 (26th)
Goals-against per game: 2.43 (T - 14th)
Power play: 13.6 percent (T - 21st)
Penalty kill: 79.3 percent (20th)
Joe Pavelski – Joe Thornton – Matt Nieto
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Tommy Wingels
Tomas Hertl – James Sheppard – Andrew Desjardins
John Scott – Adam Burish – Eriah Hayes
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Matt Irwin – Brent Burns
Scott Hannan – Jason Demers
Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Seth Griffith
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly – Carl Soderberg – Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille – Greg Campbell – Simon Gagne
Zdeno Chara – Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg – Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski – Adam McQuaid
Sharks: Raffi Torres (right knee), Tyler Kennedy (upper body), Barclay Goodrow (left hand), and Mike Brown (left hand) are out.
Bruins: Kevan Miller (separated shoulder) is out.
The Sharks are 9-15-6 all-time against Boston, including a 5-3-1 mark since Joe Thornton was traded to San Jose.
The Bruins visit San Jose on Dec. 4.
“We were strong in the first period. We weathered their storm. But in that second period, we weren’t strong in all areas. Faceoffs were horrendous tonight.” - Marc-Edouard Vlasic, after the 4-0 loss to New York on Sunday