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Sharks vs. Avalanche Lines: Joel Ward back in lineup

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Ward heads back to the second line.

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Ward joins Matt Nieto and Patrick Marleau on the second line while the Sharks will face backup Colorado goaltender Calvin Pickard. Tomas Hertl centers the fourth line flanked by Melker Karlsson and Mike Brown while Chris Tierney is on the third with Joonas Donskoi and Tommy Wingels.

Hertl on the third with Wingels and Donskoi would be a better line, but moving him to the fourth gives the Sharks a little more balance. Brenden Dillon and Dylan DeMelo are the Sharks third pairing.

Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. at SAP Center.

Projected Sharks Lines

Dainius Zubrus – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski

Matt Nieto – Patrick Marleau – Joel Ward

Joonas Donskoi – Chris Tierney – Tommy Wingels

Melker Karlsson – Tomas Hertl – Mike Brown

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun

Paul Martin – Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon – Dylan DeMelo

Martin Jones

Alex Stalock

Projected Avalanche Lines

Gabriel Landeskog – John Mitchell – Matt Duchene

Alex Tanguay – Nathan MacKinnon – Jarome Iginla

Andreas Martinsen – Carl Soderberg – Blake Comeau

Cody McLeod – Mikhail Grigorenko – Jack Skille

Francois Beauchemin – Erik Johnson

Nick Holden – Tyson Barrie

Nate Guenin – Zach Redmond

Calvin Pickard

Semyon Varlamov