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

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San Jose Sharks left wing Rudolfs Balcers (92) carries the puck during the San Jose Sharks game versus the Colorado Avalanche on May 3, 2021, at SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, CA. Photo by Matt Cohen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s the final game of the season against the Colorado Avalanche, and the San Jose Sharks have just win under their belt against the team who may well finish as the top of the West Division. The Sharks, meanwhile, have slipped down to seventh. Though losing games is hard, improving the team’s draft position is making the best of the rest of the season.

As for making the best out of the game that’s in front of them, they’re continuing to get reps in with younger players. Forward Sasha Chmelevski will get to see his third NHL game this season, while defender Nicolas Meloche will see his sixth.

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

Lines

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Alexander Barabanov — Tomas Hertl — Evander Kane
Rudolfs Balcers — Logan Couture — Timo Meier
Noah Gregor — Dylan Gambrell — Kevin Labanc
Patrick Marleau — Alexander True — Alexander Chmelevski

Mario Ferraro — Brent Burns
Nikolai Knyzhov — Erik Karlsson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic — Nicolas Meloche

Josef Korenar
Martin Jones

Expected Scratches: Ivan Chekhovich, Ryan Donato, Christian Jaros, John Leonard, Brinson Pasichnuk, Marcus Sorensen

Injured Reserve: Joachim Blichfeld (upper body), Matt Nieto (lower body), Radim Simek (upper body)

COLORADO AVALANCHE

Gabriel Landeskog — Nathan MacKinnon — Mikko Rantanen
Nazem Kadri — Alex Newhook — Andre Burakovsky
Valeri Nichushkin — Tyson Jost — Joonas Donskoi
Carl Soderberg — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — J.T. Compher

Devon Toews — Cale Makar
Ryan Graves — Conor Timmins
Patrik Nemeth — Jacob MacDonald

Philipp Grubauer
Jonas Johansson

Expected Scratches: Kyle Burroughs, Liam O’Brien, Dan Renouf, Kiefer Sherwood

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

COVID-19 Protocol: Devan Dubnyk

How to Watch

Puck drop is at 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET at SAP Center in San Jose, California. Tonight’s game will be broadcast nationally on NBCSN regionally on Altitude, as well as available to stream through NHL.tv (blackout restrictions apply) or fubotv.

Follow along in the comments for live updates and reactions throughout the game!