The Sharks face the Penguins for the first time since this past June’s Stanley Cup final on Thursday night, one of 11 games on the NHL schedule.
Here’s Thursday’s games: New Jersey at Boston, 7; Anaheim at Philadelphia, 7; San Jose at Pittsburgh, 7; Washington at Florida, 7:30; Colorado at Tampa Bay, 7:30; Arizona at Montreal, 7:30; Toronto at Minnesota, 8; Los Angeles at Dallas, 8:30; Carolina at Calgary, 9; St. Louis at Edmonton, 9; Buffalo at Vancouver, 10.
Players to Watch
New Jersey: Corey Schneider; Brings a .935 save percentage and 1.99 GAA through three games to his hometown.
Boston: Patrice Bergeron; The Bruins do-it-all pivot is expected to return to the ice after missing the first three games of the season.
Anaheim: Rangers executives Chris Drury and Gordie Clark were at the Ducks game in New Jersey on Tuesday night. Could Cam Fowler be playing against a future archrival?
Philadelphia: Ivan Provorov; He’ll look to bounce back after finishing a minus-five in Tuesday’s 7-4 loss to Chicago.
San Jose: Logan Couture; Won’t see Sidney Crosby in the faceoff circle, but there likely won’t be any love lost with him and the Penguins.
Pittsburgh: Phil Kessel; Had four points in the Penguins six-game defeat of the Sharks in the Cup final.
Washington: Justin Williams; Has no points in three games.
Florida: Jaromir Jagr; Remember that time he played in Washington?
Colorado: Matt Duchene; Had a monster performance in the World Cup but hasn’t recorded a point for the Avalanche this season, and is a minus-one
Tampa Bay: Jonathan Drouin; Had four points in three games to start the season. Steve Yzerman looks good.
Arizona: Louis Dominigue; Was born an hour outside Montreal in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. He’ll start against the Canadiens tonight opposite Carey Price.
Montreal: Carey Price; The Habs superstar will make his first start of the season.
Toronto: William Nylander; Four points in three games with a plus-three rating.
Minnesota: Zach Parise; The watch for 300 continues.
Los Angeles: Tanner Pearson; Had two goals in his first appearance of the season on Tuesday night.
Dallas: Adam Cracknell; Has three points despite averaging just 9:47 of ice time.
Carolina: Noah Hanifin; Experiencing early season struggles with a minus-four through the first three games.
Calgary: Johnny Gaudreau; Still scoreless through four games.
St. Louis: Nail Yakupov; Was castoff by the Oilers before the season three years after he was drafted first overall by the team.
Edmonton: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins; Another disappointing first overall pick, has just one point in four games.
Buffalo: Rasmus Ristolainen; Tied for the team lead with five points while averaging more than 25 minutes per game.
Vancouver: Ryan Miller; Will be backing up against his former team.
Phil Kessel: The Penguin continues to torment the Sharks.
Game of the Night
San Jose at Pittsburgh: This one kind of goes without saying.
Lock to Win
Montreal: The Canadiens get the win with their best player back in the crease.