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

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Can’t believe they still have to play games when there are trades to be made.

New Jersey Devils Defenceman Andy Greene (6) in action against San Jose Sharks Center Barclay Goodrow (23) during the National Hockey League game between the New Jersey Devils and the San Jose Sharks on December 10, 2018 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA. Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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.

Lines

SHARKS

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 HughesNico Hischier — Kyle Palmieri
Jesper BrattPavel ZachaNikita Gusev
Miles WoodTravis ZajacWayne Simmonds
John HaydenKevin RooneyJoey Anderson

Mirco MuellerP.K. Subban
Dakota MermisDamon Severson
Colton WhiteConnor Carrick

Mackenzie Blackwood
Cory Schneider

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.