Jan 25, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks players celebrate after the game-winning goal by center Joe Thornton (19) in overtime against the Minnesota Wild at SAP Center at San Jose. Sharks won 3 to 2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks Return Home to Face Hurricanes: Game Preview


Something has to give in this game, as the San Jose Sharks return home for the first time since the Olympics to take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Either the Sharks will snap a peculiar three-game losing streak against Carolina, or the Hurricanes will snap their current five-game skid. Carolina is struggling, as they are second-to-last in the Metropolitan division, but for whatever reason, they play the Sharks really well.

Back on Dec. 6, the Hurricanes defeated the Sharks 5-3 in Carolina, roughing up Alex Stalock for four goals in the third period and outshooting the Sharks 35-25.

If the Sharks want to continue their mini-hot streak (winners of four of their last five), they will have to solve the mystery that is the Hurricanes.

Tale of the Tape

Sharks

  • Goals for per game: 2.89 (8th)
  • Goals against per game: 2.35 (T-5th)
  • Shots per game: 34.7 (1st)
  • Shots against per game: 27.5 (4th)
  • Save percentage: 0.914 (T-11th)
  • Penalty minutes: 543 (27th)
  • Power play percentage: 17.0% (19th)
  • Penalty kill percentage: 84.1% (8th)

Hurricanes:

  • Goals for per game: 2.46 (21st)
  • Goals against per game: 2.79 (16th)
  • Shots per game: 31.3 (8th)
  • Shots against per game: 30.3 (16th)
  • Save percentage: 0.908 (T-20th)
  • Penalty minutes: 515 (3rd)
  • Power play percentage: 13.0% (29th)
  • Penalty kill percentage: 81.2% (19th)

Injury Report

SJ: Brad Stuart (upper body injury) is day-to-day. Tomas Hertl (right knee surgery) is on injured reserve.

CAR: Justin Faulk (upper body injury) is day-to-day. Joni Pitkanen (broken heel) is out for the season.

Probable Lines

SAN JOSE (39-17-6)

Forwards

Pavelski-Thornton-Nieto

Marleau-Couture-Wingels

Havlat-Sheppard-Burns

Torres-Desjardins-Kennedy

Defensemen:

Vlasic-Demers

Irwin-Braun

Hannan-Boyle

Goalies

Antti Niemi

Alex Stalock

CAROLINA (26-26-9) 

Forward

Skinner-E. Staal-Lindholm

Tlusty-J. Staal-Semin

Gerbe-Nash-Ruutu

Bowman-Malhotra-Dwyer

Defensemen

Faulk-Sekera

Liles-Harrison

Bellemore-Hainsey

Goalies

Cam Ward

Anton Khudobin

Game Info

Opening face-off: 7:30 PST

Location: SAP Centre, San Jose, CA

TV: LOCAL (CSNCA, FSCR)

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