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

Come see the new kid! Come and see!

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The Stars (40-31-8, 6th Central) and Sharks (44-25-10, 2nd Pacific) enter tonight's game fresh off of receiving very different news. Dallas was officially eliminated from playoff contention Sunday night with an Anaheim Ducks overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche, and San Jose clinched their playoff berth last night when those same Avalanche were beaten by the Los Angeles Kings. Dallas is now a mathematically insurmountable five points out of the West's second wild card spot, and the Sharks are two points ahead of the Kings for home ice in the first round.

Dallas' collapse this season has been historic. The Stars' 9 February win over the Pittsburgh Penguins was their fifth in a row, and the last time they would win even two in a row for two months. They went on to lose 15 of their next 20 games, including an eight game sadness streak, to absolutely crater out of the playoff picture, taking all of the wind out of the sails of Tyler Seguin's 40 goal season. Their 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday provides little consolation, as Stars fans find themselves in the worst possible position: outside of the playoffs with one of the smallest possible probabilities to take home a Rasmus Dahlin, I mean, lottery pick in this year's entry draft.

With a playoff spot clinched, you, dear fan, may be finding it hard to get up for a weeknight game against a non-contender like Dallas. Enter Dylan Gambrell. Fresh off of contributing 43 points in 41 games for the University of Denver this season, the kid will get a chance to show the coaching staff that he's ready for NHL action. Whether he actually is, well, wait and see. Add in that a loss tonight would match the Sharks' longest streak of the season at four, and that their hold on home ice for the first round is pretty tenuous, and there's still plenty to fight for.

Sharks Lines

Timo Meier -- Joe Pavelski -- Joonas Donskoi

Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker

Melker Karlsson -- Chris Tierney -- Kevin Labanc

Marcus Sorensen -- Dylan Gambrell -- Joel Ward

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- Dylan DeMelo

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Tim Heed, Jannik Hansen, Joakim Ryan

Injured: Evander Kane (undisclosed), Joe Thornton (knee), Barclay Goodrow (broken finger), Eric Fehr (lower body)

Stars Lines

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Tyler Pitlick

Mattias Janmark -- Jason Spezza -- Gemel Smith

Remi Elie -- Devin Shore -- Brett Ritchie

Marc Methot -- John Klingberg

Esa Lindell -- Julius Honka

Dan Hamhuis -- Greg Pateryn

Kari Lehtonen

Mike McKenna

Scratched: Dillon Heatherington

Injured: Ben Bishop (back), Martin Hanzal (back), Stephen Johns (concussion)

Where to watch

Broadcast: NBCSCA, FS-W, SN1

Stream: / NHL App

Radio: 98.5 KFOX / NHL App / Sharks App