Sharks-Blues at a glance

Sharks-Blues at a glance
March 12, 2013, 7:45 am
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Matt Irwin registered a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 4-3 OT loss to St. Louis last Saturday. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Programming note: The puck drops in St. Louis at 5:00 p.m. and the only place you can watch Sharks-Blues is on Comcast SportsNet California.

Where they stand
Sharks: 11-7-6, 28 points, 3rd Pacific Division, 7th Western Conference
Blues: 13-10-2, 28 points, 3rd Central Division, 8th Western Conference

Vitals

Sharks
Goals per game: 2.17 (29th)
Goals-against per game: 2.25 (5th)
Power play: 16.5 percent (16th)
Penalty kill: 86.8 percent (3rd)

Blues
Goals per game: 2.96 (8th)
Goals-against per game: 3.04 (25th)
Power play: 26.8 percent (2nd)
Penalty kill: 80.6 percent (16th)

Probable lines

Sharks

Logan Couture - Joe Thornton – Tommy Wingels
Ryane Clowe - Patrick Marleau – Joe Pavelski
James Sheppard - Scott Gomez – Brent Burns
Andrew Desjardins – Michael Handzus – Adam Burish

Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Douglas Murray – Brad Stuart
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock

Blues

Alex Steen – David Backes – Chris Stewart
David Perron – Patrik Berglund – T.J. Oshie
Jaden Schwartz – Vladimir Sobotka – Matt D’Agostini
Chris Porter – Scott Nichol – Ryan Reaves

Wade Redden – Alex Pietrangelo
Barret Jackman – Kevin Shattenkirk
Kris Russell – Roman Polak

Jake Allen
Jaroslav Halak

Keep an eye on…

Sharks: Matt Irwin. The young defenseman had eight shots on goal against the Avalanche, and scored against the Blues the day before on the power play. Irwin appears to have locked down a roster spot, having played in the last six games since he was recalled from Worcester at the end of February.

[KURZ: Some rights and some wrongs for Sharks in first half]

Blues: Patrik Berglund. The Blues’ forward scored the overtime winner on Saturday at HP Pavilion, and has four goals in the last three games. In 17 career games against the Sharks, the 24-year-old has three goals and five assists for eight points.

Last game

Sharks: The Sharks battled back from a 2-0 hole but fell on a goal by Matt Duchene with less than a second left in overtime to Colorado on Sunday, 3-2. Patrick Marleau scored the 400th goal of his career late in the second period and Logan Couture tied it at 2-2 late in regulation with his 10th. Antti Niemi took the loss in net despite 39 saves.

Blues: St. Louis allowed three goals in the third period in Anaheim in losing 4-2 on Sunday. Ryan Reaves scored in the first period and Patrik Berglund added a late power play goal, but it wasn’t enough. Corey Perry had two goals for Anaheim, including an empty-netter, and Jaroslav Halak allowed three goals on 21 shots in defeat.

Injuries

Sharks: Brent Burns (left leg) is probable. Marty Havlat (lower body) and Thomas Greiss (sore neck) are out.

Blues: Jamie Langenbrunner (hip), Vladimir Tarasenko (concussion), Andy McDonald (left knee) are out. Alex Steen (upper body) is questionable.

Season series

The Sharks beat the Blues, 2-1 in St. Louis on Feb. 19, behind goals from Joe Thornton and Tim Kennedy. Antti Niemi made 25 saves in what was San Jose’s lone victory on its six-game road swing.

The Blues erased a 3-1 third period deficit to win in a shootout on Saturday at HP Pavilion, 4-3. Vladimir Sobotka had a hat trick.

This is the third and final meeting of the season.

Quoteable

“It’s frustrating, but we played a pretty strong game and it felt like we deserved maybe a little better than that.” – Joe Pavelski, after the last second overtime loss in Colorado on Sunday