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Coyotes at Sharks Preview: Let's try this again

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The Sharks look to take two points against the Coyotes tonight at SAP Center

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The last time the Sharks played the Coyotes, on Thursday night, things didn't go exactly as planned for San Jose. After having two goals waived off (the second of which almost certainly should have counted) and allowing a bad goal late in the third, the Sharks had to take the loss.

Tonight they get to try again. Coming off yesterday's big win against the Rangers, the Sharks may be tired, but it won't provide any advantage to the Coyotes, as they also played last night (and lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning). San Jose's lineup will be the same as yesterday, except backup James Reimer will be playing instead of Martin Jones.

A win tonight coupled with an Anaheim loss (they're currently down 1-0 in the first period) will put the Sharks in second place in the Pacific Division.

Tale Of The Tape
San Jose Sharks

VS

40-45-6 Record 31-33-7
3rd in Pacific Rank 4th in Pacific
53.1%
Score-Adj. Fenwick 46.4%
100.3 PDO 100.4
22.2 PP% 18.7
79.4 PK% 78.9

7:00 PM PDT - SAP Center, San Jose, California
TV: CSN-CA Radio: KFOX
Know Your EnemyFive For Howling

Sharks Lines

Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Melker Karlsson – Logan Couture – Joonas Donskoi
Patrick Marleau – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward
Nick Spaling – Dainius Zubrus – Tommy Wingels

Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Roman Polak
Dylan DeMelo – Justin Braun

James Reimer
Martin Jones

Coyotes Lines

Alex TanguayAntoine VermetteAnthony Duclair
Max DomiBrad RichardsonShane Doan
Tobias RiederMartin HanzalViktor Tikhonov
Jordan MartinookBoyd GordonSergei Plotnikov

Kevin ConnautonConnor Murphy
Klas DahlbeckZbynek Michalek
Nicklas GrossmannMichael Stone

Mike Smith
Louis Domingue

Last Meeting

We all remember this one, unfortunately.

Storylines
  • Both the Sharks and the Coyotes are going to be missing their best defensemen. Marc Edouard Vlasic is day-to-day while Oliver Ekman-Larsson has missed the Coyotes last five games due to a shoulder problem.
  • The Kings clinched a playoff spot last night and with a seven point lead over the Sharks they seem to have the division locked up.
  • Coyotes backup Louis Domingue started yesterday, so the Sharks will be facing Mike Smith tonight.