A new-look Sharks D-corps will take the ice tonight at Prudential Center, in the Sharks’ first game without Brenden Dillon. With Erik Karlsson out for the season and Radim Simek still clearly recovering from previous injuries, the defense could look a little wobbly tonight — oh, and Martin Jones is starting. Is Team Teal tanking?
The Devils are one of only five teams with a worse record than the Sharks, but have pulled out a handful of impressive wins since the All-Star break, including consecutive shutouts over the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings (shutting out the Kings is admittedly less impressive, I know). And it’s the trade deadline, so who knows — maybe some drama happens, like the Sharks acquiring Kyle Palmieri mid-game. Neither of these teams are making playoffs, let’s just enjoy the ride, folks.
Expected Scratches: Noah Gregor, Nicolas Meloche
Injured Reserve: Logan Couture (fractured ankle), Tomas Hertl (knee), Dalton Prout (concussion), Erik Karlsson (broken thumb)
Suspended: Evander Kane
DEVILS (via NHL.com)
Jack Hughes — Nico Hischier — Kyle Palmieri
Jesper Bratt — Pavel Zacha — Nikita Gusev
Miles Wood — Travis Zajac — Wayne Simmonds
John Hayden — Kevin Rooney — Joey Anderson
Mirco Mueller — P.K. Subban
Dakota Mermis — Damon Severson
Colton White — Connor Carrick
Expected Scratches: Louis Domingue
Injured Reserve: Sami Vatanen (lower body), Nicholas Merkley (eye), Will Butcher (upper body)
Where to Watch
Puck drop from Prudential Center is at 4 PT/7 ET. Tonight’s broadcast will be available on NBC Sports California in the Bay Area and on FMSG+ in the opponents’ market. Streaming will be available on NHLtv.
Note that there will not be a radio call on 98.5 KFOX tonight. Instead, the Sharks will be hosting an interactive audio broadcast on the Sharks + SAP Center app.
New for this four-game road trip!— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) February 19, 2020
We're introducing an interactive and extended audio broadcast - and it will be available on the #SJSharks app.
Note that we will not be on terrestrial radio, including KFOX.
HOW TO LISTEN: https://t.co/usOVIIVXNx pic.twitter.com/o4vGGajYTL