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Sharks at Wild, 4/16: Lines, gamethread & how to watch

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San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) battles Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) for the puck during the San Jose Sharks game versus the Minnesota Wild on March 31, 2021, at SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, CA. Photo by Matt Cohen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The San Jose Sharks are back on the road for the next four games, taking on the Minnesota Wild and Vegas Golden Knights in their penultimate road trip of the season.

Defender Marc-Edouard Vlasic has made the trip with the team and is expected to return to the Sharks’ lineup tonight after missing five games with an upper-body injury. The Sharks have lost their last three games, dropping two to the Anaheim Ducks and one to the Los Angeles Kings.

The Wild are holding strong to third in the West Division, pulling out a decisive 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday. Forward Kirill Kaprizov continues his dominant rookie season, leading the team with 19 assists and 35 points.

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
Josef Korenar

Expected Scratches: Kurtis Gabriel, Christian Jaros

Injured Reserve: Matt Nieto (lower body)

MINNESOTA WILD

Kirill Kaprizov — Victor Rask — Mats Zuccarello
Kevin Fiala — Ryan Hartman — Marcus Johansson
Jordan Greenway — Joel Eriksson Ek — Marcus Foligno
Zach Parise — Nico Sturm — Nick Bonino

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

Cam Talbot
Kaapo Kahkonen

Expected Scratches: Brad Hunt, Luke Johnson, Kyle Rau, Joseph Cramarossa

Injured Reserve: Nick Bjugstad (upper body)

How to Watch

Puck drop is at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on Bally Sports North, Bally Sports Wisconsin and NBC Sports California, 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!