Sharks-Coyotes coverage gets underway today at 12:30 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live, only on Comcast SportsNet California
Where they stand
Sharks: 7-2-1, 15 pts., 2nd Pacific Division, 4th Western Conference
Coyotes: 4-5-2, 10 pts., 4th Pacific Division, 10th Western Conference
Goals per game: 3.20 (4th)
Goals-against per game: 2.00 (3rd)
Power play: 24.5 percent (7th)
Penalty kill: 88.9 percent (4th)
Goals per game: 2.82 (13th)
Goals-against per game: 2.91 (21st)
Power play: 22.7 percent (10th)
Penalty kill: 81.4 percent (14th)
Pavelski – Thornton – Clowe
Marleau – Couture – Havlat
Sheppard – Handzus – Wingels
Desjardins – Gomez – Burish
Vlasic – Boyle
Stuart – Demers
Murray – Braun
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Tommy Wingels. The 24-year-old forward was pulled from the lineup on Feb. 2, and responded with two effective games, including scoring his first goal and adding an assist on Tuesday against Chicago. He also had a game-high five hits.
Coyotes: Radim Vrbata. The 31-year-old Czech leads the Coyotes in scoring with 11 points (3g, 8a), and has at least one point in seven of their last eight games. He has 18 points in 37 career games against the Sharks.
Sharks: Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal in the second period to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-3 win on Tuesday at HP Pavilion. Joe Pavelski, Tommy Wingels and Michal Handzus scored first period goals, but that was all the offense the Sharks would muster. Antti Niemi took the loss in net with 26 saves on 30 shots. The Sharks remained perfect on the penalty kill, and have killed off 31 straight, but are just 1-for-21 on the power play in the last five games.
Coyotes: Phoenix also suffered a loss to the Western Conference-leading Blackhawks in its last game, 6-2 at Jobing.com Arena on Thursday. Chicago raced out to a 4-0 first period lead, and chased goaltender Mike Smith with two more in the second period. Martin Hanzal and Raffi Torres scored for the Coyotes. Phoenix was 3-0-2 in its last five games before losing.
Sharks: Brent Burns (lower body) is on injured reserve. Andrew Desjardins is questionable (flu).
Coyotes: Rostislav Klesla (lower body), Matt Lombardi (upper body) and David Schlemko (shoulder) are out.
The Sharks beat the Coyotes on Jan. 24 in their home opener, 5-3, scoring four times in the third period. The teams meet three more times – March 30 at HP Pavilion, and April 15 and 24 in Phoenix.
“We’ll have to see on Saturday, but I hope. We’ll get some rest and a couple days of practice in, and ask me Saturday after the game.” – Joe Thornton, on if the three-day break between games comes at a good time
The Sharks went 2-4 against Phoenix last season, but did beat them 5-3 in this season's home opener back on Jan. 24. (AP)