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

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A clash of the best in the West could be a playoff preview.

May 6, 2018; Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) defends the puck as San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) watches during the second period in game six of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jos Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The Vegas Golden Knights roll into town tonight where the San Jose Sharks are looking to gain ground in the race to the top of the Pacific Division. Tensions will be high, as Vegas is heating up at the right time, ready to make their second Stanley Cup run in their second year as a franchise.

The Sharks are coming in fresh off a 4-2 loss to the Nashville Predators. With Evander Kane slotting back into the lineup, Head Coach Pete DeBoer chose to scratch Joonas Donskoi against the Predators, to much controversy. There are still game-time decisions to be made, so it’s unclear so far if he intends to make the same decision tonight against an equally threatening Vegas offense.

A 6-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers last night has the Golden Knight feeling good coming into SAP Center, though the lack of rest may catch up to them. They’ll also be without starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who has been listed day-to-day with a lower body injury.

Finally, as long as the Sharks take at least one point from tonight’s game, they’ll officially qualify for the post-season.

Lines

Sharks

Expected Scratches: Jacob Middleton, Lukas Radil, Joonas Donskoi (healthy)

Injured: Erik Karlsson (groin)

Golden Knights

Jonathan Marchessault — William KarlssonReilly Smith
Max PaciorettyPaul StastnyMark Stone
Tomas NosekCody EakinAlex Tuch
Ryan Carpenter — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — Ryan Reaves

Nate SchmidtDeryk Engelland
Brayden McNabbShea Theodore
Jon MerrillColin Miller

Malcolm Subban
Maxime Lagace

Expected Scratches: Valentin Zykov, Nick Holden, Brandon Pirri

Injured: Erik Haula (lower body), William Carrier (upper body), Marc-Andre Fleury (lower body)

Where to Watch

Puck drop from SAP Center is at 7:30 p.m. Pacific/10:30 p.m. Eastern and will be broadcast on NBC Sports California in the Bay Area market and on AT&T SportsNet in the Vegas market. Radio streaming will be available on 98.5 KFOX and the Sharks app.

We won’t be able to liveblog with you tonight, but check the comment section for live updates and reactions!