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Sharks at Avalanche, Jan. 28: Lines, gamethread & how to watch

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Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks skates against the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena on January 26, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images

It’s officially Sasha Szn, as Alexander Chmelevski will make his NHL debut on the San Jose Sharks’ fourth line tonight when the team faces the Colorado Avalanche for the second game of their two-game series. Rookie John Leonard will be serving as a healthy scratch — though having his first professional season after a college hockey stint being this compressed, it’s not necessarily a bad thing to give the kid a night off.

When these team met on Tuesday, the Avalanche put up seven goals on the Sharks, who swapped out Martin Jones for Devan Dubnyk after goal number five. Dubnyk will get the start in net tonight.

Here’s everything you need to know to tune in tonight:

Lines

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Ryan Donato — Logan Couture — Kevin Labanc
Timo Meier — Tomas Hertl — Evander Kane
Noah Gregor — Dylan Gambrell — Matt Nieto
Patrick Marleau — Alexander Chmelevski — Stefan Noesen

Marc-Edouard Vlasic — Brent Burns
Mario Ferraro — Erik Karlsson
Nikolai Knyzhov — Radim Simek

Devan Dubnyk
Martin Jones

Expected Scratches: Fredrik Handemark, John Leonard, Marcus Sorensen

Injured Reserve: None

COLORADO AVALANCHE

Gabriel Landeskog — Nathan MacKinnon — Mikko Rantanen
Brandon Saad — Nazem Kadri — Andre Burakovsky
Valeri Nichushkin — J.T. Compher — Joonas Donskoi
Tyson Jost — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — Kiefer Sherwood

Devon Toews — Cale Makar
Bowen Byram — Samuel Girard
Ryan Graves — Erik Johnson

Philipp Grubauer
Hunter Miska

Expected Scratches: None

Injured Reserve: Matt Calvert (upper body), Pavel Francouz (lower body)

How to Watch

Puck drop is at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on Altitude and NBC Sports Bay Area and is available to stream through NHL.tv.

Follow along in the comments for live updates and reactions throughout the game!