Sharks-Blue Jackets coverage gets underway today at 4:00 p.m., only Comcast SportsNet California
Where they stand
Sharks: 20-11-7, 47 points, 3rd Pacific Division, 5th Western Conference
Blue Jackets: 16-16-7, 39 points, 4th Central Division, 12th Western Conference
Goals per game: 2.42 (23rd)
Goals-against per game: 2.37 (7th)
Power play: 18.7 percent (12th)
Penalty kill: 86.7 percent (4th)
Goals per game: 2.23 (30th)
Goals-against per game: 2.56 (14th)
Power play: 13.2 percent (27th)
Penalty kill: 84.3 percent (7th)
Marty Havlat – Joe Thornton – Brent Burns
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Tommy Wingels
TJ Galiardi – Joe Pavelski – Raffi Torres
Andrew Desjardins – Scott Gomez – Adam Burish
Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Brad Stuart – Jason Demers
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Vinny Prospal – Mark Letestu – Marian Gaborik
Matt Calvert – Artem Anisimov – Cam Atkinson
R.J. Umberger – Ryan Johansen – Nick Foligno
Blake Comeau – Colton Gillies – Derek MacKenzie
Daulton Prout – Jack Johnson
Cody Goloubef – James Wisniewski
Fedor Tyutin – Adrian Aucoin
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Raffi Torres. The newcomer quickly endeared himself to Sharks fans with a pair of primary assists on two second period goals, was a +2, and landed some big hits in getting under the skin of some Dallas opponents on Sunday. Torres has four points in his last two games, including his final game with Phoenix before he was traded to San Jose.
Blue Jackets: Marian Gaborik. The scoring winger was acquired at the trade deadline by Columbus to help an offense that is currently last in the league. He has 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points in 38 games, and one goal and two assists in his first three games with the Blue Jackets. In 22 career games against the Sharks, Gaborik has six goals and 10 assists for 16 points.
Sharks: The Sharks surrendered a pair of two-goal leads and their seven-game winning streak was snapped in a 5-4 shootout loss to Dallas on Sunday afternoon at HP Pavilion. Tommy Wingels, Brent Burns, TJ Galiardi and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored for San Jose, while Raffi Torres had two assists in his Sharks debut. Antti Niemi stopped 30 of 34 shots against and took the loss.
Blue Jackets: Nicklas Backstrom made 24 saves in shutting out the Blue Jackets on Sunday in Columbus, 3-0. It was the Blue Jackets’ second straight loss after they had won three in a row. Marian Gaborik made his Columbus debut and had four shots on goal. Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves.
Sharks: Scott Hannan (neck) is out.
Blue Jackets: Jared Boll (upper body) is out. Brandon Dubinsky (flu), Nikita Nikitin (upper body), Ryan Johanson (lower body) and Tim Erixon (upper body) are questionable.
On Feb. 11 at Nationwide Arena, the Sharks suffered their worst defeat of the season, 6-2 to the Blue Jackets. Fourteen different players recorded at least one point for Columbus, and Thomas Greiss took the loss in net, allowing six goals on 36 shots.
The teams meet once more, on April 21 in San Jose.
The Sharks are 30-11-0-4 all-time against Columbus.
“We let it slip tonight, but we’ve been playing a simple game and playing all four lines. We feel like we’re attacking teams, and hopefully we can bring that on the road.” – Joe Thornton, after Sunday’s 5-4 shootout loss to Dallas, capping a 6-0-1 homestand