Pittsburgh (5-2-2) at San Jose (7-2-0), 10:30 pm EDT
SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) — The Pittsburgh Penguins began
their four-game road trip on a sour note and their fortunes
could get even worse thanks to the San Jose Sharks’ dominance at
Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins hope to bounce back from a loss
when they travel to take on the Sharks – one of two teams in the
NHL with an unblemished record at home – on Tuesday evening.
Leading the league with 14 points, Malkin added to his blazing
start by setting up a goal by captain Sidney Crosby in the
Penguins’ last game against the New York Rangers on Saturday.
However, they fell, 3-2, in a shootout against the fellow
Eastern Conference heavyweight and now hope to avoid their
second two-game losing streak.
The Penguins lost to the Ottawa Senators, 3-1, in the second
game of the season and then, 2-1, in overtime to the New Jersey
Devils six days later.
The Penguins have needed overtime or a shootout to decide all
but four games this season. They also have outscored only seven
teams in the East and may have a difficult time putting points
on the board in this one, too.
Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was rested in the team’s last
game as Brian Boucher notched his second shutout in as many
games this season with a 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Nabokov is 6-1-0 with a 1.96 goals-against average in seven
career starts against Pittsburgh, including a 2-1 shootout win
at Mellon Arena last season.
San Jose, which is 4-0-0 at the HP Pavilion this season, and
the Vancouver Canucks stand as the only unbeaten teams at home
Captain Patrick Marleau has shined for the Sharks thus far,
posting five goals and four assists in nine games.