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Wild at Sharks, 3/31: Lines, gamethread & how to watch

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Minnesota Wild center Luke Johnson (41) carries the puck during the San Jose Sharks game versus the Minnesota Wild on March 29, 2021, at SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, CA. Photo by Matt Cohen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The San Jose Sharks eked out a shootout win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday and will be back at it tonight to wrap up the two-game series.

Despite putting 39 shots on Cam Talbot, the Wild were able to rack up an equal number of goals in just 25 shots, eventually leading to the shootout. Erik Karlsson had a monster game, with two goals in regulation and the game-winning shootout goal.

The Wild’s lineup will look the same tonight, thought they’ll start Kaapo Kahkonen in net. The Sharks aren’t expected to make any changes.

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

Lines

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Evander Kane — Logan Couture — Kevin Labanc
Patrick Marleau — Tomas Hertl — Timo Meier
Rudolfs Balcers — Dylan Gambrell — Kurtis Gabriel
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: Christian Jaros, Marcus Sorensen

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

Kaapo Kahkonen
Cam Talbot

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, Bally Sports North and Bally 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!