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

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The wheels haven’t fallen off yet, let’s enjoy the ride until then.

SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 8: Timo Meier #28 of the San Jose Sharks skates for position against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on December 8, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images

It feels like we keep waiting for the bottom to fall out of this San Jose Sharks team, but here they are, chugging along and winning four of their last five games, despite injuries to nearly all of their top-end talent. It hasn’t done much for their place in the standings, but if nothing else, watching the team hasn’t been nearly as painful as expected as of late.

In a rare Monday afternoon on a holiday game, they’ll face off against the Florida Panthers, who are fighting to get back into a playoff spot. Bob Boughner’s former team has struggled since the All-Star break, only winning two games of the nine they’ve played so far this month. Both sides of the ice will have something to prove at SAP Center this afternoon.

Lines

SHARKS

Expected Scratches: Noah Gregor, Jacob Middleton

Injured Reserve: Logan Couture (fractured ankle), Tomas Hertl (knee), Dalton Prout (concussion), Erik Karlsson (broken thumb)

Suspended: Evander Kane

PANTHERS (via NHL.com)

Jonathan HuberdeauAleksander BarkovEvgenii Dadonov
Brett ConnollyVincent TrocheckColton Sceviour
Frank VatranoDominic ToninatoMike Hoffman
Mike MathesonNoel AcciariMark Pysyk

MacKenzie WeegarAaron Ekblad
Riley StillmanAnton Stralman
Keith YandleJosh Brown

Sergei Bobrovsky
Sam Montembeault

Expected Scratches: Jayce Hawryluk, Denis Malgin

Injured Reserve: Brian Boyle (upper body), Chris Driedger (lower body)

Where to Watch

Puck drop from SAP Center is at 1 PT/4 ET. This afternoon’s broadcast will be available on NBC Sports California in the Bay Area and on Fox Sports Florida in the opponents’ market. Streaming will be available on NHLtv. The radio call will be on 98.5 KFOX or available to stream through the Sharks + SAP Center app.