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Sharks at Coyotes, 3/26: Lines, gamethread & how to watch

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Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks sets up in front of goaltender Antti Raanta #32 of the Arizona Coyotes during the third period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on January 16, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Sharks 5-3. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

With just three points separating them in the standings, things have looked remarkably similar for the San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes this season. The two last saw each other in a season-opening series back in mid-January, where the Coyotes took away three points with a 4-3 shootout loss and 5-3 regulation win.

Since then, both teams have struggled to string together a significant win streak, each topping out with a three-game streak.

With Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta both out with lower-body injuries for the Coyotes, they’ll turn to Adin Hill in net tonight. Hill has started five games this season, as well as playing a relief role once, and allowed 16 goals, with a .906 save percentage.

Matt Nieto remains out for the Sharks with a lower-body injury. Logan Couture, who took a hard hit from Jeff Carter in the third period of Wednesday’s 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings, is expected to play tonight.

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

Lines

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Evander Kane — Logan Couture — Kevin Labanc
Patrick Marleau — Tomas Hertl — Timo Meier
Rudolfs Balcers — Dylan Gambrell — Marcus Sorensen
John Leonard — Ryan Donato — Antti Suomela

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

Martin Jones
Devan Dubnyk

Expected Scratches: Frederik Claesson, Kurtis Gabriel

Injured Reserve: Matt Nieto (lower body)

ARIZONA COYOTES

Clayton Keller — Johan Larsson — Phil Kessel
Dryden Hunt — Christian Dvorak — Conor Garland
Lawson Crouse — Derick Brassard — Christian Fischer
Drake Caggiula — Nick Schmaltz — John Hayden

Jakob Chychrun — Alex Goligoski
Oliver Ekman-Larsson — Ilya Lyubushkin
Jason Demers — Jordan Oesterle

Adin Hill
Ivan Prosvetov

Expected Scratches: Lane Pederson, Jordan Gross

Injured Reserve: Darcy Kuemper (lower body), Antti Raanta (lower body), Tyler Pitlick (lower body), Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body)

How to Watch

Puck drop is at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on NBC Sports Bay Area and Fox Sports Arizona, as well as available to stream through NHL.tv (blackout restrictions apply).

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