The game begins at 6 p.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It is the last in a best-of-seven series to determine who will advance to the National Hockey League's Western Conference finals.
The Double D's Sports Grille in Los Gatos expects about 100 people, with some sure to order "Sharkarita" and "Sharkbite" drinks with Blue Curacao poured in to match the Sharks' teal-colored jerseys, day manager Christina Burnett said.
"I expect more people because it's an away game," Burnett said. "We have 22 TVs, two large-screen TVs," she said "We'll also have the Miami Heat (basketball game) and the Battle of the Bay, the Giants and A's (baseball game)."
Dan Anglikowski, food and beverage manager at Stanley's Bar & Grill at 1500 So. 10th St. near downtown San Jose, also expects a lively night.
"It's going to be exciting, we're going to have a loud crowd," he said.
Stanley's is one of the most popular bars for Sharks games because of its location at Sharks Ice, the rink where the team practices, Anglikowski said.
The bar plans to offer $10 pitchers of beer and combo specials of two large orders of chicken wings and a pitcher for $35, Anglikowski said.
Stanley's had about 200 people show up during a previous playoff game, and more than that are expected tonight for the deciding contest.
"They have to win -- that'll be the feeling there," he said.
The Britannia Arms bar at 5027 Almaden Expressway in South San Jose has scheduled about seven extra bartenders, waitresses and cooks tonight to accommodate an overflow of patrons on its outdoor patio, manager Danny Chapa said.
The pub, with 20 TV screens, will have a $5 special price for a Sharkbite, a shot of Blue Curacao mixed with Grey Goose vodka and lemonade, Chapa said.