Sharks and Penguins Face Each Other in Rematch Thursday Night

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.

#HatTrickChallenge

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.

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