National Hockey League
Pittsburgh at San Jose
When: 10:30 PM ET, Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California

The Pittsburgh Penguins have stumbled since recording six straight victories, losing two in a row and six of 10 heading into a place where they haven't won since 1997. The Penguins look to right the ship when they open a four-game road trip against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

Evgeni Malkin is hardly to blame for Pittsburgh's recent troubles, as the 2012 Hart Trophy winner scored a highlight-reel goal among his two tallies in a 3-2 shootout loss to Edmonton on Saturday. "He's been in the groove lately. He's really been playing on top of his game," coach Mike Johnston told reporters of Malkin, who has collected seven goals and three assists in his last six contests. The Sharks have been on top of their game as well, winning seven of eight overall and 10 straight when the Penguins pay a visit. San Jose hasn't been setting the world on fire at home this season, but did skate away with its fourth win in 10 outings at SAP Center on Saturday with a 5-2 triumph over Pacific Division-rival Calgary.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, ROOT (Pittsburgh)

ABOUT THE PENGUINS (13-8-2): After scoring just two goals and setting up nine others in his first 18 contests, captain Sidney Crosby has three tallies and as many assists during his season-high five-game point streak. The two-time Hart Trophy winner has struggled in his career versus San Jose, scoring just once in 10 meetings while posting a minus-8 rating. Marc-Andre Fleury has had his own troubles versus the Sharks, as his 26 saves were not enough in Pittsburgh's 3-1 setback on Nov. 21 to fall to 3-4-3 in his career versus the club.

ABOUT THE SHARKS (14-9-0): Defenseman Brent Burns scored twice and veteran Patrick Marleau notched a pair of assists in the first meeting to begin their respective four-game point streaks. Burns has four goals and two assists during that stretch while Marleau has three tallies and set up four others. Former Penguins blue-liner Paul Martin had a goal and an assist in the first meeting, but has been held off the scoresheet in each of his last three contests.


1. San Jose has four power-play goals in the last three games and has killed off all nine short-handed opportunities in that stretch.

2. Pittsburgh D Olli Maatta (upper body) practiced on Monday for the first time since being hospitalized following a hit from Minnesota's Nino Niederreiter on Nov. 17.

3. San Jose D Justin Braun will miss his third straight game due to an elbow infection.

PREDICTION: Sharks 3, Penguins 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Pittsburgh 13-8-1-1 L2 8-4-0-1 5-4-1-0 0-0-0-0 13-8-1-1 1-2-1-0
San Jose 14-9-0-0 W1 4-6-0-0 10-3-0-0 2-1-0-0 12-8-0-0 3-2-0-0
Last Meeting
Pittsburgh San Jose
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/21/15 SJ 3 PIT 1 39 26 1-6 29 38 0-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Pittsburgh S. Crosby 1
San Jose B. Burns 2
Goals Player  
Pittsburgh P. Kessel 1
San Jose B. Burns 2
Assists Player  
Pittsburgh S. Crosby 1
San Jose P. Marleau 2
Saves Player  
Pittsburgh M. Fleury 26
San Jose M. Jones 38
Total Points Player  
Pittsburgh E. Malkin 24
San Jose J. Pavelski 26
Goals Player  
Pittsburgh E. Malkin 11
San Jose J. Pavelski 15
Assists Player  
Pittsburgh K. Letang 16
San Jose J. Thornton 15
Saves Player  
Pittsburgh M. Fleury 577
San Jose M. Jones 564
Quickchart Matchup
Pittsburgh Off vs  San Jose Def
2.22 GF
2.52 GA
30.9 Shots
28.4 Shots
14 PP
14 PK
San Jose Off vs  Pittsburgh Def
2.83 GF
2.3 GA
29.8 Shots
31.6 Shots
12 PP
13 PK