Programming note – Sharks-Devils coverage starts today at 9:00 a.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on CSN California
WHERE THEY STAND
Sharks: 33-18-5, 71 points, 1st Pacific Division
Devils: 23-21-10, 56 points, 7th Metropolitan Division
PREGAME NEWS AND NOTES
***The Sharks conclude their four-game road trip today, and enter with a season-long four-game losing streak (0-1-3). This is San Jose’s final Eastern Conference road game. Logan Couture (upper body) will be a game-time decision, according to coach Pete DeBoer.
***New Jersey is 3-0-1 in its last four, and 11-9-4 at home. The Devils are coming off of their bye week, and haven’t played since beating Buffalo on Feb. 6.
***Patrick Marleau, who had the Sharks’ only goal on Saturday, has a nine-game point streak with eight goals and five assists over that span.
KEEP AN EYE ON...
Sharks: Kevin Labanc. The Sharks rookie didn’t know he was playing in Philadelphia until warmups on Saturday when Logan Couture was a late scratch, but set up Patrick Marleau’s power play goal and registered a team-high five shots. Labanc is looking to end a 17-game goal drought.
Devils: Taylor Hall. The Sharks didn’t have to face Hall the first time they saw the Devils in November when he was out with a knee injury. Despite missing 10 games, the former Edmonton Oilers left wing leads the Devils with 35 points (13g, 22a).
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Kevin Labanc – Patrick Marleau – Mikkel Boedker
Timo Meier – Tomas Hertl – Joel Ward
Marcus Sorensen – Chris Tierney – Micheal Haley
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko
Martin Jones (starter)
Taylor Hall – Travis Zajac – Kyle Palmieri
Miles Wood – Adam Henruqie – Mike Cammalleri
Pavel Zacha – Jacob Josefson – Stefan Noesen
PA Parenteau – Sergey Kalinin – Joseph Blandisi
Andy Greene – Ben Lovejoy
John Moore – Steven Santini
Seth Helgeson – Damon Severson
Cory Schneider (starter)
Sharks: Logan Couture (upper body) is questionable. Joonas Donskoi (upper body) and Dylan DeMelo (broken wrist) are out.
Devils: Beau Bennett (lower body), Jon Merrill (upper body) and Kyle Quincey (upper body) are out.
"That actual little bit of working out and stuff just makes your legs that much stronger and I felt great today. I’ve just got to try and somehow maintain that throughout the season. It’s a tough schedule in the NHL, but you’ve got to find ways.” – Kevin Labanc, after Saturday's game