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Coyotes at Sharks, 5/7: Lines, gamethread & how to watch

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Timo Meier #28 of the San Jose Sharks skates ahead with the puck against the Arizona Coyotes at SAP Center on April 28, 2021 in San Jose, California. Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via Getty Images

Officially eliminated from playoff contention, the San Jose Sharks are resting captain Logan Couture, potentially for the rest of the season, giving him the chance to heal from a nagging lower-body injury. Taking his place centering the second line will be Patrick Marleau. John Leonard will draw back into the lineup, replacing Sasha Chmelevski.

Forwards Lawson Crouse and Nick Schmaltz are not except to return for the Arizona Coyotes for the remainder of this season, which is just the two games against the Sharks this weekend. Jan Jenik, selected 65th overall by the Coyotes in 2018, will make his NHL debut tonight.

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

Lines

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Alexander Barabanov — Tomas Hertl — Evander Kane
Rudolfs Balcers — Patrick Marleau — Timo Meier
John Leonard — Dylan Gambrell — Kevin Labanc
Ivan Chekhovich — Alexander True — Noah Gregor

Mario Ferraro — Brent Burns
Nikolai Knyzhov — Erik Karlsson
Brinson Pasichnuk — Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Josef Korenar
Martin Jones

Expected Scratches: Ryan Donato, Kurtis Gabriel, Christian Jaros, Greg Pateryn, Marcus Sorensen, Jeffrey Viel

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

ARIZONA COYOTES

Michael Bunting — Johan Larsson — Conor Garland
John Hayden — Christian Dvorak — Christian Fischer
Clayton Keller — Derick Brassard — Phil Kessel
Dryden Hunt — Jan Jenik — Hudson Fasching

Jakob Chychrun — Alex Goligoski
Oliver Ekman-Larsson — Ilya Lyubushkin
Niklas Hjalmarsson — Victor Soderstrom

Darcy Kuemper
Adin Hill

Expected Scratches: Michael Chaput, Jason Demers, Jordan Oesterle, Lane Pederson

Injured Reserve: Lawson Crouse (undisclosed), Tyler Pitlick (lower body), Antti Raanta (lower body), Nick Schmaltz (upper body)

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 California+ and Bally Sports Arizona+, as well as available to stream through NHL.tv (blackout restrictions apply) or ESPN+.

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