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

Set the rumors and deadline speculations aside for a few hours, a game is afoot!

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The Sharks (33-21-8, 2nd Pacific) take the ice looking to forget a sad back-to-back and finish up their Central division road trip at .500 in St. Paul tonight to visit the Wild (34-20-7, 3rd Central). Minnesota is rolling, sitting on a 12-3-3 record in their last 18, including a tidy three game winning streak. Most recently, they dominated the fire sale New York Rangers to the tune of 4-1, in a game in which the team's points (58) and goals (29) leader, continuing his career resurgence from last season, Eric Staal, tallied two goals and two assists. Stall is on fire, marking ten goals and 11 assists for 21 points in his last 16 games.

The Sharks, on the other hand, struggled last week. After a win over the Blues in St. Louis, San Jose recorded two regulation losses to the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks in as many nights, out scored 10-2. However, the Sharks' effort in Chicago on Friday night should inspire some hope, as they put 43 shots on goaltender Jean-Francois Berube, but succumbed to the curse of the back up goalie once again. Before those two losses, the Sharks went 5-1-0 in their previous six, so there's a real possibility that this is just a bump in the road for the boys in blue.

A win tonight would add up to a 2-2-0 record on the road trip, which would go a long way to holding off the similarly struggling Flames and Ducks, both of whom sit just one point behind San Jose for second place in the Pacific division. While big trades and rumors have dominated the discussion one day before the NHL's trade deadline, there are still games to play, and every two points are valuable.

Go get 'em.

Sharks Lines

Timo Meier -- Joe Pavelski -- Joonas Donskoi

Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Melker Karlsson

Mikkel Boedker -- Chris Tierney -- Kevin Labanc

Barclay Goodrow -- Eric Fehr -- Jannik Hansen

Joakim Ryan -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Dylan DeMelo

Brenden Dillon -- Tim Heed

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Marcus Sorensen, Paul Martin, Justin Braun

Injured: Joe Thornton (knee), Joel Ward (shoulder)

Braun is reportedly out with the flu tonight, but a day before the deadline illness is pretty suspicious. Does a boy dare to dream?

Probably not.

Wild Lines

Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Mikael Granlund

Zach Parise -- Mikko Koivu -- Nino Niederreiter

Charlie Coyle -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Tyler Ennis

Daniel Winnik -- Matt Cullen -- Marcus Foligno

Ryan Suter -- Matt Dumba

Nick Seeler -- Jared Spurgeon

Mike Reilly -- Nate Prosser

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Chris Stewart, Gustav Olofsson

Injured: Jonas Brodin (hand)

Stewart was a casualty to the waiver fest ahead of the deadline today. Brodin practiced with the team this morning for the first time since suffering his hand injury on 6 February.

Where to watch

Broadcast: NBCSCA, FS-N

Stream: / NHL App

Radio: 98.5 KFOX / NHL App / Sharks App