Tomas Hertl will play center tonight according to Friend of the Blog Kevin Kurz. So much for easing him back into the lineup. Both teams enter tonight’s matchup on a roll but expect both to have tired legs despite San Jose getting Hertl back in the lineup tonight.
Cam Talbot will likely start again for Edmonton tonight despite playing against Anaheim last night. Talbot is one of the only goalies in the league who gets worked harder than Jones. It would be nice to see the Sharks take advantage of what I think is a poor decision by Edmonton head coach Todd McLellan.
San Jose looked gassed on Tuesday, but the team got a day off yesterday while the Oilers played Anaheim. That should help the Sharks down the stretch, especially while dressing one of the deepest lineups of the season.
Projected Sharks Lines
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Mikkel Boedker
Kevin Labanc – Tomas Hertl – Joel Ward
Timo Meier – Chris Tierney – Ryan Carpenter
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko
Projected Oilers Lines
Patrick Maroon – Connor McDavid – Leon Draisaitl
Benoit Pouliot – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Milan Lucic – Drake Caggiula – Anton Slepyshev
Matt Hendricks – Mark Letestu – Zack Kassian
Oscar Klefbom – Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera – Kris Russell
Brandon Davidson – Matt Benning