PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (26-24-5) vs SAN JOSE SHARKS (37-7-7)
IN PITTSBURGH @ 7:30 EST
It looks like the Penguins are going to get some mercy and see Brian Boucher tonight. What's that you say, Boucher's goals against (1.88), save percentage (.927%) and record (9-1-1) are all actually better than starter Evgeni Nabokov? And that Boucher has two shutouts in 12 games, compared to Nabby "only" having four shutouts in 40.
Buckle up, boys and girls, this one could be rough. While San Jose is doubtlessly among the best teams in the league, tonight they could be one of the most road weary. The Penguins have been sitting at home for a couple days now, while the Sharks are on day six (and game three) of a three game east coast road trip.
On top of that, the Sharks played last night in something of a hyped game of #1 v. #2 in Boston. They did roar back for an emotional, hard-fought win, no more emotional than for one of their leaders, Jumbo Joe Thornton who was returning to his first NHL city.
The Pens and Sharks met back in late October in San Jose; SJ taking a 2-1 win. In that game Joe Pavelski scored a short-handed goal in the first period and Mike Grier put another on the board in the 3rd. The Pens would attempt to come back about two minutes later with a goal from Ruslan Fedetenko (assists to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin)...But that was it.
In that game the Penguins got a grand total of 11 shots....In the entire game. That was not one of my mis-types, they actually got 11 shots. Check it out for yourself. Believe it or not Dany Sabourin held the Pens in the game with 32 saves on 34 shots. If that 34-11 differential is similiar tonight and San Jose continues to choke the life and puck possession out of the boys in black and gold, unfortunately it's not going to be any happier of a result