The San Jose Sharks (45-27-10) return home for game three after having finally drawn blood from the Vegas Golden Knights (51-24-7). The boys handed the expansion team their first ever post season loss on Saturday in Las Vegas, a 4-3 double over time affair that was not without its controversy. After a Jonathan Marchessault goal in the first over time period was waved off due to goaltender interference, Logan Couture finished off the Knights in the extra extra frame with a power play snipe.
The series so far has been a story of bad discipline and wacky goaltending. Game two saw a huge discrepancy in penalty time, with the Knights taking 11 penalties to San Jose's six. The Sharks scored on two of their seven power plays, including the game winner, and Vegas came up empty on their two opportunities. Both teams will have to keep their aggression in between the whistles if they want to stay out of short handed trouble.
After Sharks' netminder Martin Jones allowed five goals in game one, one more than he allowed to the Anaheim Ducks in all of round one, Vegas keeper Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals in game two, one more than he allowed to the Los Angeles Kings in all of round one. That sentence is a mouthful, but there's a certain poetry to the stat line so far. It is also always comforting to know that the Sharks did a thing better than the Kings did, in any context.
Tonight promises a shake up on the Sharks' roster. With Evander Kane returning from a one game suspension due to a cross check right into the money maker of Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in game one, Joonas Donskoi looks to be sitting out due to a lower body injury. This appears to be elevating my best friend Chris Tierney to top line center duties, a role for which he may or may not be well suited. The Knights, clearly shaken by their ineffective showing on Saturday, will sit former Shark Ryan Carpenter for giant, very influential, not-at-all-a-deadline-ripoff acquisition Tomas Tatar.
Tonight is not a must-win, but the Sharks have shown that even a God-King can bleed, and putting the Knights back on their heels for the first time this year may expose a weak underbelly, mixed metaphors and all.
Evander Kane -- Chris Tierney -- Joe Pavelski
Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker
Timo Meier -- Barclay Goodrow -- Kevin Labanc
Marcus Sorensen -- Eric Fehr -- Melker Karlsson
Paul Martin -- Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon -- Dylan DeMelo
Scratched: Joakim Ryan, Joel Ward, Jannik Hansen, Dylan Gambrell
Injured: Joe Thornton (knee), Joonas Donskoi (lower body)
Golden Knights Lines
Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith
James Neal -- Erik Haula -- Alex Tuch
David Perron -- Cody Eakin -- Tomas Tatar
Tomas Nosek -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- William Carrier
Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt
Shea Theodore -- Deryk Engelland
Jon Merrill -- Colin Miller
Scratched: Ryan Carpenter, Ryan Reaves, Oscar Lindberg, Luca Sbisa, Brad Hunt
Where to watch
Broadcast: NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
Stream: NHL.tv / NHL App
Radio: 98.5 KFOX / NHL App / Sharks App