Jannik Hansen and the San Jose Sharks host the Washington Capitals for the only time during the regular season at 7:30 p.m. PT in a potential Stanley Cup Final matchup that a grand total of one of our writers predicted before the season began. Good work!
Marcus Sorensen leaves the lineup at the expense of Hansen and Melker Karlsson slides down to the fourth line in his stead. Hansen will play on the top line according to Friend of the Blog Kevin Kurz.
Where to watch / listen in San Jose
CSN-California / KFOX 98.5
This is about as marquee a matchup as we’ll get this season. The Capitals are atop the President’s Trophy race right now while San Jose looks to extend its lead in the Pacific. The Sharks are coming off a road win against the Winnipeg Jets while Washington saw its long home winning streak snapped against the Dallas Stars.
Projected Sharks Lines
Jannik Hansen – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Mikkel Boedker
Joonas Donskoi – Tomas Hertl – Melker Karlsson
Micheal Haley – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Dylan DeMelo
Projected Capitals Lines
Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Justin Williams
Brett Connolly – Lars Eller – Jakub Vrana
Daniel Winnik – Jay Beagle – Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner – John Carlson
Dmitri Orlov – Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik – Kevin Shattenkirk