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Wild at Sharks, 3/29: Lines, gamethread & how to watch

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Marc-Edouard Vlasic #44 of the San Jose Sharks battles for position against Carson Soucy #21 of the Minnesota Wild at SAP Center on February 22, 2021 in San Jose, California. Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via Getty Images

The Minnesota Wild are visiting SAP Center tonight, but a large presence did not make the trip with the team. Zach Parise has missed the team’s last two games on COVID protocol and will not be in the line up for this two-game series.

Unfortunately for the San Jose Sharks, the team seems just fine without Parise, currently on a three-game win streak and holding strong at third in the West Division with a 21-10-1 record.

The Sharks will not start Devan Dubnyk against his former team, opting for Martin Jones instead. Jeffrey Viel was called up from the Taxi Squad and will make his NHL debut tonight. The San Jose Barracuda alternate captain has two goals and two assists in 17 AHL games so far this season.

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
Ryan Donato — Dylan Gambrell — John Leonard
Jeffrey Viel — Patrick Marleau — Marcus Sorensen

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

Martin Jones
Devan Dubnyk

Expected Scratches: Christian Jaros, Kurtis Gabriel, Antti Suomela

Injured Reserve: Matt Nieto (lower body)

MINNESOTA WILD

Kirill Kaprizov — Victor Rask — Mats Zuccarello
Marcus Johansson — Ryan Hartman — Kevin Fiala
Jordan Greenway — Joel Eriksson Ek — Nick Bonino
Nico Sturm — Luke Johnson — Nick Bjugstad

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

Cam Talbot
Kaapo Kahkonen

Expected Scratches: Dakota Mermis, Brad Hunt, Joseph Cramarossa

Injured Reserve: Marcus Foligno (lower body), Kyle Rau (upper body)

COVID-19 Protocol: Zach Parise

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, Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Wisconsin+, 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!