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Kevin Labanc #62 of the San Jose Sharks skates with the puck while Ryan Suter #20 of the Minnesota Wild defends during the game at the Xcel Energy Center on January 24, 2021 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images

In a rare one-off game this season, the San Jose Sharks will be hosting the Minnesota Wild, kicking off a nine-game homestand.

After coronavrius swept through Minnesota’s locker room, postponing six games, the team returned for a four-game California swing. First losing 4-0 to the Los Angeles Kings, they held the Ducks to just two goals over their two-game series, winning 3-1 and 5-1 over the weekend. The team is largely healthy heading into San Jose.

As for the Sharks, they’ll be missing Dylan Gambrell, who is under concussion protocol, leaving Saturday night’s game against the St. Louis Blues. Erik Karlsson will remain out of the lineup, though it’s possible he returns this weekend, when the Blues come to visit SAP Center.

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

Lines

SAN JOSE SHARKS

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

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

Martin Jones
Devan Dubnyk

Expected Scratches: Jacob Middleton, Stefan Noesen

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

MINNESOTA WILD

Jordan Greenway — Joel Eriksson Ek — Kevin Fiala
Kirill Kaprizov — Victor Rask — Mats Zuccarello
Zach Parise — Ryan Hartman — Marcus Foligno
Nico Sturm — Nick Bonino — Nick Bjugstad

Ryan Suter — Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin — Matt Dumba
Carson Soucy — Ian Cole

Kaapo Kahkonen
Cam Talbot

Expected Scratches: Matt Bartkowski, Brad Hunt, Gerald Mayhew, Andrew Hammond

Injured Reserve: Marcus Johansson (upper body), Alex Stalock (upper body)

How to Watch

Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET at SAP Center in San Jose California. Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on NBC Sports Bay Area and Fox Sports North, as well as available to stream through NHL.tv.

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