After an intense day of working the phones, the San Jose Sharks have probably sussed out that the plan isn’t exactly playoffs this season.
It’s about to be a tank-off against the Anaheim Ducks, who are on track to finish last in the West Division. The Ducks did make a bit of a big move today, swapping defenders with the Carolina Hurricanes to bring Hadyn Fleury to the Western Conference. Wednesday is the last time these two teams will play each other, so it’s unlikely the Sharks will get a glimpse of the newcomer.
The Ducks are on the second half of a back-to-back, having lost 4-1 to the Colorado Avalanche in Anaheim last night. Rookie defender Jamie Drysdale scored the only goal for Anaheim, while John Gibson made 33 saves on 37 shots. Anthony Stolarz will start for the Ducks tonight, with Ryan Miller as back up.
Here’s everything you need to know to tune in:
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 — Christian Jaros
Expected Scratches: Kurtis Gabriel
Injured Reserve: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (upper body), Matt Nieto (lower body)
Max Comtois — Ryan Getzlaf — Rickard Rakell
Danton Heinen — Adam Henrique — Jakob Silfverberg
Max Jones — Sam Carrick — Troy Terry
Nicolas Deslauriers — Derek Grant — Alexander Volkov
Cam Fowler — Kevin Shattenkirk
Jamie Drysdale — Josh Manson
Jacob Larsson — Andy Welinski
Expected Scratches: Sam Steel, Chase De Leo, Haydn Fleury
Injured Reserve: Hampus Lindholm (wrist), Sonny Milano (upper body), Carter Rowney (knee), Isac Lundestrom (appendicitis)
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 Bally Sports West+, NBC Sports California and KCOP-13, 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!