David Perron and Joe Thornton provide the context for the Sharks' first game of their road trip, a 5 p.m. showdown with the NHL's top goaltender Brian Elliot and the St. Louis Blues.
When last Joe Thornton and David Perron shared the ice, Thornton's hit sent the Blues' 23-year-old forward on a 13-month, 97-game path to recovery. They face off again tonight.
Of their 24 games in November and December, 18 are at home. Although the Sharks have played the fewest road games in the NHL, they are 7-3 away from the Tank and excited for their upcoming three-game road trip.
It didn't look good when the Stars battled to tie the game at two, but the Sharks ripped off three more goals for a decisive triumph that sent them on their three-game road trip with momentum.
The Stars are getting some key players back in time for tonights tilt against the Sharks at HP Pavilion, one being their captain.
If familiarity breeds contempt, the Sharks and Stars -- as evidenced by Jamie McGinn's brawl with Eric Nystrom in November -- don't much like each other.
The San Jose Sharks scored one minute into their game against Minnesota at HP Pavilion, but were shut out for the remaining 59 minutes to take a 2-1 loss, their fourth in five games.
In four career starts against the Wild, Antti Niemi is 4-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and one shutout. Will he prevent former Sharks Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi from scoring?
Every NHL team will visit every other team's arena at least once starting next season. Sharks players responded Monday, and it was mostly positive.
Former Shark Milan Michalek is tied for second in the NHL in goals. Patrick Marleau: "He was just scratching the surface when he was here."
With Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau all on the same line, the Sharks have an advantage when it comes to faceoffs. Who has been taking the majority, and how is each player faring?
Douglas Murray will likely miss the Sharks home game against Minnesota on Tuesday with a right hand injury, after missing his second straight practice on Monday at Sharks Ice.
Since hiring Bruce Boudreau last Wednesday, the Ducks have blown two substantial leads, including a 5-3 loss to Minnesota on Sunday night.
Saturday night's effort, or lack thereof against the Panthers, was the biggest reason for the Sharks' Sunday-not-so-funday.
Sloppy play in their own end led to three unanswered second-period goals for Florida as the Sharks remained without a win over the Panthers since 2006.