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Sharks at Avalanche, 5/1: Lines, gamethread & how to watch

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Devon Toews #7 and teammate Valeri Nichushkin #13 of the Colorado Avalanche defend against Timo Meier #28 of the San Jose Sharks at Ball Arena on April 30, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images

It’s the final road game of the season and the San Jose Sharks have one game down out of four consecutive games against the Colorado Avalanche. Last night’s shutout saw a goal and an assist each from Gabriel Landeskog, Cale Makar and Mikko Rantanen, with the first two coming on consecutive power play opportunities.

The Avalanche may be forced into a wonky lineup of 13 forwards and six defenders, after defenders Samuel Girard and Ryan Graves were both injured last night. Devan Dubnyk will start in net for the Avs, marking his first appearance against San Jose since they traded him ahead of the 2021 deadline. He has two wins and two losses with Colorado so far.

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

Lines

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Alexander Barabanov — Tomas Hertl — Evander Kane
Rudolfs Balcers — Logan Couture — John Leonard
Timo Meier — Alexander True — Noah Gregor
Kevin Labanc — Patrick Marleau — Ryan Donato

Mario Ferraro — Brent Burns
Nikolai Knyzhov — Erik Karlsson
Christian Jaros — Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Josef Korenar
Martin Jones

Expected Scratches: Ivan Chekhovich, Brinson Pasichnuk, Marcus Sorensen

Injured Reserve: Joachim Blichfeld (undisclosed), Dylan Gambrell (foot), Matt Nieto (lower body), Radim Simek (upper body)

COLORADO AVALANCHE

Gabriel Landeskog — Nathan MacKinnon — Mikko Rantanen
Andre Burakovsky — Tyson Jost — Valeri Nichushkin
Carl Soderberg — Nazem Kadri — Joonas Donskoi
Kiefer Sherwood — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — J.T. Compher
Liam O’Brien

Devon Toews — Conor Timmins
Patrik Nemeth — Cale Makar
Dan Renouf

Devan Dubnyk
Philipp Grubauer

Expected Scratches: None

Injured Reserve: Bowen Byram (upper body), Matt Calvert (upper body), Samuel Girard (undisclosed), Ryan Graves (upper body), Jacob MacDonald (lower body), Logan O’Connor (lower body), Brandon Saad (lower body)

How to Watch

Puck drop is at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on NBC Sports California and Altitude, 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!