Superstar Alex Ovechkin is in the house tonight, and will try to help the Caps win in San Jose for the first time since 1993.
The NHLs realignment plan for next season has been turned down by the NHLPA, meaning the schedule format will remain unchanged for the 2012-13 season.
Injuries may have hastened Tommy Wingels' return to the Sharks' roster, but head coach Todd McLellan has also turned to the forward to jump start the team's offense.
Todd McLellan was unhappy with some of his players following the 3-1 win against the Ducks, and although he didnt mention anyone by name, it was reflected in the ice time against Columbus.
The Sharks host the Columbus Blue Jackets at home tonight, looking to extend their winning streak to three games. Thomas Greiss will start in goal for San Jose.
Todd McLellan has compared Antti Niemi to a goaltender who is plenty familiar to the Sharks -- Detroit's Jimmy Howard. Call them war horses.More: Niemi stats Howard stats
Benn Ferriero scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Joe Pavelski added some insurance in the third as the Sharks stopped a four game losing streak against the Anaheim Ducks.
Count Sharks defenseman Brent Burns among the many who are glad Ducks forward Jason Blake is returning from a serious and freakish injury. More: Preview NHL standings
San Jose is feeling confident after a shootout win over Vancouver, but tonight's opponent, in 29th place overall in the NHL standings, has beaten the Sharks all three times this season.
Matt Irwin, a defenseman, has seven goals and 10 assists. Sexsmith has an 8-6-3 record with a 1.98 goals-against average
San Jose has a 9-2-1 record against the lower echelon teams in the NHL. The Ducks, however, are another story for the Sharks. Joe Thornton: "Anaheim has our number and wed like to finally get a win down here."
There isnt any uncertainty that Antti Niemi likes getting the bulk of the work in net. That was reaffirmed after Tuesdays practice, when Niemi was asked how many of the next 12 games in 21 days hed like to start.
The Sharks arrived in Vancouver having played the fewest games in the NHL. However, they have 12 games in the next 21 days. They know what they need to do.
When Logan Couture blocked a Keith Ballard wrist shot in the first period with his knee, he was having trouble putting any weight on his right side. However, he returned to the ice minutes later and says he is fine.