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Sharks at Flames: Lines, how to watch & open thread

San Jose Sharks goaltender Adin Hill (33) tracks the puck during the NHL game between the San Jose Sharks and the Calgary Flames on December 7, 2021 at SAP Center in San Jose, CA. Photo by Matt Cohen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s spoiling seasons ... uh, season ... as the nearly eliminated San Jose Sharks start causing a ruckus in the Pacific Division, beating teams who desperately need points and losing to teams who are also in the league’s basement. Why not? It’s all for fun, for now.

So the team heads to Alberta to face the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, hopefully adding a little spiciness and frustration to the end of their seasons. First up are the Flames, who made small, but impactful moves at the deadline, trusting their winning formula to continue through the postseason.

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

Lines

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Alexander Barabanov — Tomas Hertl — Timo Meier
John Leonard — Logan Couture — Rudolfs Balcers
Scott Reedy — Nick Bonino — Noah Gregor
Jeffrey Viel — Sasha Chmelevski — Jonah Gadjovich

Jaycob Megna — Brent Burns
Erik Karlsson — Ryan Merkley
Marc-Edouard Vlasic — Nicolas Meloche

James Reimer
Kaapo Kahkonen

Expected Scratches: Jonathan Dahlen, Matt Nieto, Radim Simek

Injured Reserve: Adin Hill (lower body), Mario Ferraro (lower body), Kevin Labanc (upper body)

CALGARY FLAMES

Johnny Gaudreau — Elias Lindholm — Tyler Toffoli
Dillon Dube — Mikael Backlund — Matthew Tkachuk
Andrew Mangiapane — Calle Jarnkrok — Blake Coleman
Milan Lucic — Sean Monahan — Trevor Lewis

Noah Hanifin — Rasmus Andersson
Oliver Kylington — Christopher Tanev
Nikita Zadorov — Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Markstrom
Dan Vladar

Expected Scratches: Michael Stone, Ryan Carpenter, Brett Ritchie

Injured Reserve: None

How to Watch

Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on NBCSCA and SN1. Streaming is available with a subscription to ESPN+ (blackout restrictions do apply). The radio call will be streamed through the Sharks Audio Network. Puck drop is at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.

We won’t be liveblogging this one, but follow along with all of the play-by-play action in the comment section below!