For one reason or another the NHL is requiring the San Jose Sharks to play the rest of the season despite the overwhelming evidence that the Sharks will not lose en route to the franchise's first Stanley Cup. No matter, as rookie sensation Tomas Hertl will surely do the heavy lifting for San Jose the rest of the season -- that shooting percentage over 40 percent is perfectly sustainable, I swear!
Thanks to an illegal hit in Tuesday's game, the Sharks will be without veteran defenseman Brad Stuart; you know, like they were the first two games of the season. Stuart will be out for three games to think about what he has done and presumably Scott Hannan will fill in on the third-defensive line pairing.
|3-0-0, 6 points
||3-1-0, 6 points|
|Tied-1st in Pacific
||Tied-1st in Pacific
Projected Sharks Lineup
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Tyler Kennedy
Tomas Hertl - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Matthew Nieto - Joe Pavelski - Tommy Wingels
John McCarthy - Andrew Desjardins - James Sheppard
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Matt Irwin - Dan Boyle
Scott Hannan - Jason Demers
Projected Canucks Lineup