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Golden Knights at Sharks Game Six: Lines, gamethread, and where to watch

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Finally, a must win we can all get behind.

May 4, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr (16) checks Vegas Golden Knights center Ryan Carpenter (40) into the glass during the third period of game five of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.
May 4, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Jose Sharks center Eric Fehr (16) checks Vegas Golden Knights center Ryan Carpenter (40) into the glass during the third period of game five of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena.
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The San Jose Sharks (45-27-10, 3rd Pacific) face a daunting task. Neither they nor the Vegas Golden Knights (51-24-7, 1st Pacific) have won two games in a row in this series, but that's exactly what our boyos will need to do if they want their season to last past the next few days. It's no exaggeration to call this the biggest game of the Sharks' season and very literally a must win, but if they do, their next contest will be even bigger.

The Sharks have played 12 games six in series' where they trail 3-2. Unfortunately, they've only ever won one of those series', a first round come back against the Calgary Flames in 1995. After what could be generously described as a lackluster performance in game five, that is the situation into which they have placed themselves. Despite a bizarre decision to pull Aaron Dell with 2:12 left in the game in the midst of what could have been a roaring comeback for a six on five advantage, and an even bizarrer decision to make Dylan DeMelo one of those six, causing many fans and analysts to wonder how head coach Peter DeBoer gets his shirt on the right way in the morning, the Sharks' loss on Friday night can be most accurately chalked up to sleeping through the first 48 minutes of a playoff game.

On the other side of the ice, with a win tonight, the Knights can become the third team in NHL history to win two rounds of the playoffs in their first season, joining the 1918 Toronto Arenas and the 1968 St. Louis Blues for that honor. While many of us believe that these two teams are playing their hearts out for the right to get stomped on by whoever comes out of the Central division, this futility is likely not shared by players in the locker rooms, or coaches behind the benches.

If San Jose has a chance in this series, it will be in large part due to the production and prominence of Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl. Couture has 12 points and four goals in the playoffs so far, and Hertl has nine points and six goals, including one in each of the past two games. Combining their effectiveness against Vegas' depth at home where line matchups can be more easily targeted could be the key to extending the series one more night. Martin Jones has been a bounce back player all year as well, and he'll need to be tonight.

Don't win two games in a row. Win one game twice. Or win one game once, and then another game once. Or something. This is why they don't interview me.

Sharks Lines

Evander Kane -- Joe Pavelski -- Joonas Donskoi

Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker

Timo Meier -- Chris Tierney -- Kevin Labanc

Marcus Sorensen -- Eric Fehr -- Melker Karlsson

Joakim Ryan -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- Dylan DeMelo

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Paul Martin, Barclay Goodrow, Joel Ward, Jannik Hansen, Dylan Gambrell

Injured: Joe Thornton (knee)

Golden Knights Lines

William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith -- Jonathan Marchessault

James Neal -- Erik Haula -- David Perron

Oscar Lindberg -- Cody Eakin -- Alex Tuch

Ryan Carpenter -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Shea Theodore -- Deryk Engelland

Luca Sbisa -- Colin Miller

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Jon Merrill, Tomas Tatar, Brad Hunt, Tomas Nosek

Injured: William Carrier (undisclosed)

Carrier missed time at the end of game five, and is a game time decision, according to head coach Gerard Gallant. If he can't play, expect one of Nosek, Tatar, or Reaves to draw in in his stead.

E: it's Reaves. Of course it is. Gallant trying to out-idiot our boy.

Where to watch

Broadcast: NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

Stream: NHL.tv / NHL App

Radio: 98.5 KFOX / NHL App / Sharks App