Let’s try this again, eh? This time for real, it’s #SashaSZN, as Alexander Chmelevski will make his NHL debut with the San Jose Sharks, who are facing off against his hometown Anaheim Ducks. The 21-year-old forward was a sixth-round pick by the Sharks in the 2017 NHL Draft.
The Sharks will see other changes to their forward lines tonight. Patrick Marleau has largely been sheltered in the bottom-six so far, but he’s bumped up to the Tomas Hertl-led second line. Rudolfs Balcers, Maxim Letunov and Fredrik Claesson, who were all called up from the Barracuda yesterday will be healthy scratches.
The Ducks, meanwhile, will be scratching Troy Terry in favor of David Backes. The team has struggled to score this season, relying heavily on the play of goaltender John Gibson.
Here’s everything you need to know to tune in:
SAN JOSE SHARKS
Evander Kane — Logan Couture — Kevin Labanc
Patrick Marleau — Tomas Hertl — Ryan Donato
Noah Gregor — Dylan Gambrell — Timo Meier
Marcus Sorensen — Alexander Chmelevski — Matt Nieto
Marc-Edouard Vlasic — Brent Burns
Mario Ferraro — Erik Karlsson
Nikolai Knyzhov — Radim Simek
Expected Scratches: Stefan Noesen, Rudolfs Balcers, Maxim Letunov, Fredrik Claesson
Injured Reserve: None
Max Jones — Ryan Getzlaf — Rickard Rakell
Danton Heinen — Adam Henrique — Jakob Silfverberg
Max Comtois — Sam Steel — David Backes
Nicolas Deslauriers — Derek Grant — Carter Rowney
Hampus Lindholm — Kevin Shattenkirk
Cam Fowler — Jani Hakanpaa
Jacob Larsson — Ben Hutton
Expected Scratches: Vinni Lettieri, Isac Lundestrom, Troy Terry
Injured Reserve: Josh Manson (oblique), Sonny Milano (upper body)
How to Watch
Puck drop is at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on Fox Sports San Diego, PRIME and NBC Sports Bay Area, as well as available to stream through NHL.tv or ESPN+.
Follow along in the comments for live updates and reactions throughout the game!