ST. LOUIS -- When the Sharks face the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at Scottrade Center, one of the teams will leave the building without two points for the first time this season.

And though it's early in the 82-game marathon, it does add a little incentive to have the Sharks at 5-0 and the Blues at 4-0.

"It's a big game for both teams," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said. "They're playing well, we're playing well. It's a good test for us to come on the road and challenge their unbeaten streak. It'll be a fun game for our sixth game of the year."

The teams are similar statistically in areas besides wins and points.

The Sharks are averaging 4.8 goals per game, the Blues 4.75. The Sharks are allowing 1.40 goals per game, the Blues 1.75.

Both teams also say their hot starts are a continuation of their strong play last spring. But while Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said he thinks both teams play the same style, Sharks coach Todd McLellan wasn't ready to go there.

"We have a way that we believe we have to play, they have a way that they believe they have to play and I don't think it's exactly the same by any means," McLellan said.

"We all want to score goals, we want to be good on the power play and the penalty kill," he continued. "But there's different aspects of that that are different with every team in the league. They're minute, they're not often visible all the time. But different teams have different styles."

Does McLellan think the style of hockey the Sharks play now matches up better against a Blues team that since 2011-12 has the best record of any Western Conference team against San Jose at 6-1, and also eliminated the Sharks from the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2012?

"We're going to find that out," McLellan said.

  • Rookie Tomas Hertl will be in the lineup after staying off the ice for two days following his awkward collision with Ottawa Senators forward Clarke MacArthur on Saturday night.

    The Sharks also called up forward Bracken Kearns for a possible spot on the fourth line. McLellan said the move was made because it looks as if injured forward Adam Burrish might take longer to heal than expected.

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