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Sharks at Capitals: Lines, gamethread, and where to watch

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Caps West? Sharks East? Shaps Weast?

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Sharks (14-9-2, 3rd Pacific) end their second East coast swing of the season with their first game of the season against the Washington Capitals (15-11-1, 5th Metropolitan). The Capitals are a shell of their former selves, slipping down the standings due to a combination of cap management moves and the emergence of teams like Columbus and the New York Islanders. Still, Washington is a good team, and the Metro is close: sitting fifth, the Caps are only four points away from the Jackets for the division lead.

The Caps beat those very same Blue Jackets in their last game Saturday, riding strong showings from high profile stars Braden Holtby, Alex Ovechkin, and Evgeny Kuznetzov. Kuznetsov has become a legitimate NHL star, leading his team in points (29) and assists (20). Ovechkin leads Washington in goals (I'm surprised too, friends) with 19, and is one goal shy of 578 for his career, which would move him out of a tie with Mark Recchi for sole position of 20th all time. He knows it, apparently, as he has six goals in his last five games.

San Jose's last contest was a sadder story, as they were walloped once again by the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday evening. Justin Braun and Barclay Goodrow scored their first goals of the season, but it wasn't enough as the Bolts laid a five spot on the Sharks for the second time this season. The Sharks are nursing more injuries than usual tonight, and that makes room for Marcus Sorensen's season debut. The Swede has five goals and 14 points in 17 games with the AHL's Barracuda, and will probably get a chance to make some noise on my best friend Chris Tierney's wing.

Tierney is making the most of the "show me" contract he signed this off-season, and sits tied for second place on the team in goals with seven. Joe Thornton is just two points away from tying Dale Hawerchuk for 19th all time at 1411. A bright spot all season has been San Jose's penalty kill, and it isn't showing any signs of slowing down, sitting second in the league behind the Los Angeles Kings at an 87.6% efficiency rate.

The Sharks have historically had the Caps' number, with an all time record of 27-9-1-2. Let's hope two teams trending away from relevance can keep at least this trend going tonight.

Sharks Lines

Timo Meier -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Kevin Labanc

Marcus Sorensen -- Chris Tierney -- Joel Ward

Barclay Goodrow -- Daniel O'Regan -- Jannik Hansen

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- Brent Burns

Joakim Ryan -- Dylan DeMelo

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Melker Karlsson, Ryan Carpenter

Injured: Joonas Donskoi (lower body), Tim Heed (upper body), Paul Martin (ankle), Mikkel Boedker (undisclosed)

The Sharks' injury list is getting longer, but it looks like Martin could be ready to draw back into the lineup as early as Thursday when the Carolina Hurricanes come to town.

Capitals Lines

Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- T.J. Oshie

Travis Boyd -- Lars Eller - Brett Connolly

Devante Smith-Pelly -- Jay Beagle -- Alex Chiasson

Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik -- John Carlson

Christian Djoos -- Madison Bowey

Philipp Grubauer

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Tyler Graovac , Taylor Chorney

Injured: Andre Burakovsky (fractured left thumb), Chandler Stephenson (upper body)

Boyd draws into the line up to replace the injured Stephenson, he has three goals and 20 points in 23 AHL games this season.

Where to watch

Broadcast: NHL-US, NBCSWA, NBCSCA

Stream: NHL.tv / NHL App

Radio: 98.5 KFOX / NHL App / Sharks App