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

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It's a good old-fashioned Corsi-off!

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The Sharks (14-10-2) return home from a humdrum road trip tonight to take on the perpetually-just-about-to-turn-the-corner-into-relevance Carolina Hurricanes (11-10-5). The Sharks batted an even .500 on the trip (2-2-0), a disappointing result against some of the league's finest (and less fine).

The Hurricanes may be better than their record indicates, indeed, they place first in the NHL in 5 on 5 Corsi for percentage (55.21) and expected goals for percentage (54.67) (San Jose is fourth (52.83) and fifth (53.78) in those metrics, respectively). Buoyed by one of the better young defensive corps in the league, if their 28th place shooting percentage (6.68) decides tonight is the night for a regression, our good teal boys could be in for a rough night.

The Sharks' offensive woes have been a story all season, and their most recent road trip was no exception. The Sharks scored eight total goals in their four game journey (that's an average of 2.00 per game, for the math majors), well below their 2.5 goals per game over the course of the season, and, in a rare display of defensive ineptitude, allowed nine in the last two.

Hopefully a return home can cure what ails the Sharks and they can get back on track.

Sharks Lines

Timo Meier -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Melker Karlsson -- Logan Couture -- Tomas Hertl

Jannik Hansen -- Chris Tierney -- Kevin Labanc

Marcus Sorensen -- Barclay Goodrow -- Joel Ward

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Joakim Ryan -- Dylan DeMelo

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Ryan Carpenter, Daniel O'Regan

Injured: Joonas Donskoi (lower body), Mikkel Boedker (lower body), Tim Heed (upper body)

Suspended: Brenden Dillon

A one game suspension to Dillon for slashing Madison Bowey in a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Monday makes room for Martin to draw back into the lineup after missing the last 24 games with a series of mysterious injuries. Hopefully he can still fill his old wookie-whispering shoes after they were stretched out by Ryan.

Hurricanes Lines

Jeff Skinner -- Jordan Staal -- Justin Williams

Sebastian Aho -- Derek Ryan -- Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm

Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Phillip Di Giuseppe

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Klas Dahlbeck -- Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Cam Ward

Scott Darling

Scratched: Josh Jooris, Haydn Fleury

Injured: Lee Stempniak (lower body)

Cam Ward is set to start tonight as the 'Canes, maybe due to his 6-2-0 record against the Sharks, maybe because he's just a very nice man. He'll be looking to become the 32nd goaltender to record 300 NHL wins tonight. If he could do that later, though, that would be swell.

Where to watch

Broadcast: NBCSCA, FS-CR

Stream: NHL.tv / NHL App

Radio: 98.5 KFOX / NHL App / Sharks App