Coyotes at Sharks
The San Jose Sharks take a brief break from a road-heavy stretch on the schedule when they host the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. San Jose completed a 1-2-2 trek with Sunday's 4-1 loss in Winnipeg and heads back out on the road for three contests after taking on the Coyotes.
The Sharks have not won back-to-back road games since Nov. 28 and Dec. 1, going 2-5-3 in their last 10 away from home. Arizona wrapped up a 1-1-1 homestand Friday as it suffered a disappointing 4-2 loss to Edmonton after taking a two-goal lead less than 3 1/2 minutes into the contest. Rookie Clayton Keller notched an assist in the setback, giving him a team-leading 33 points on the season and 10 over his last 11 games. The Coyotes, who have lost seven of eight on the road (1-5-2), lost their first meeting with the Sharks this campaign and face them again Tuesday at home.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FS Arizona, NBCS California (San Jose)
ABOUT THE COYOTES (10-28-6): Niklas Hjalmarsson returned to the lineup Friday after missing 16 games with an upper-body injury and recorded three blocked shots and a plus-1 rating in just under 20 minutes of ice time. The 30-year-old Swedish defenseman has notched four assists over 18 contests in his first season with Arizona. Richard Panik played 16:39 and registered one shot as he made his debut with the team after being acquired from Chicago in a four-player trade on Wednesday.
ABOUT THE SHARKS (21-13-6): Logan Couture appears to be breaking out of his funk as he has recorded a goal and three assists over his last two games after notching just one point in his previous six contests. The 28-year-old center shares the team lead with 30 points and is one short-handed tally away from setting a career high of three. Joe Thornton has gone three games without a point, remaining two behind Adam Oates (1,420) for 17th place on the all-time list.
1. Coyotes C Brad Richardson scored his first goal since Nov. 16 on Friday, leaving him four points shy of 200 for his career.
2. San Jose All-Star D Brent Burns has collected a goal and four assists during his four-game point streak.
3. Arizona C Zac Rinaldo is eligible to return to the lineup after serving the final contest of his six-game suspension on Friday.