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Sharks at Blues: Lines, gamethread & how to watch

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Martin Jones #31 of the San Jose Sharks plays against Ivan Barbashev #49 of the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on January 20, 2021 in St Louis, Missouri. Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The San Jose Sharks will hit the ice at Enterprise Center tonight and once again, they’ll be without the services of Erik Karlsson and Radim Simek.

The St. Louis Blues were the second team the Sharks faced this season, with a 5-4 loss and a 2-1 shootout win in January. The Blues have since gone on to take hold of second place in the West Division with a 9-5-2 record.

A weak spot in their play has been special teams, with a power play that ranks 26th in the league, converting just 12 percent of the time, and a matching 26th-ranked penalty kill at 73.8 percent. It’s a rough season in San Jose, but they’ll have an edge in special teams play, so they’ll need to take advantage.

Defender Colton Parayko will be out of the lineup tonight for the Blues.

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

Lines

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Evander Kane — Logan Couture — Kevin Labanc
Rudolfs Balcers — Tomas Hertl — Timo Meier
Ryan Donato — Patrick Marleau — John Leonard
Matt Nieto — Dylan Gambrell — Noah Gregor

Mario Ferraro — Brent Burns
Nikolai Knyzhov — Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Fredrik Claesson — Nicolas Meloche

Martin Jones
Devan Dubnyk

Expected Scratches: Marcus Sorensen, Jacob Middleton, Stefan Noesen

Injured Reserve: Erik Karlsson (lower body), Radim Simek (upper body)

ST. LOUIS BLUES

Ivan Barbashev — Ryan O’Reilly — David Perron
Mike Hoffman — Brayden Schenn — Jordan Kyrou
Zach Sanford — Oskar Sundqvist — Austin Poganski
Kyle Clifford — Jacob de la Rose — Mackenzie MacEachern

Torey Krug — Justin Faulk
Marco Scandella — Carl Gunnarsson
Vince Dunn — Robert Bortuzzo

Jordan Binnington
Ville Husso

Expected Scratches: None

Injured Reserve: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Colton Parayko (undisclosed), Tyler Bozak (upper body), Robert Thomas (thumb), Sammy Blais (upper body)

How to Watch

Puck drop is at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on NBC Sports Bay Area and Fox Sports Midwest, as well as available to stream through NHL.tv.

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