Short one today to give all you wonderful Sharks fans a place to talk during this afternoon game.
The big news is that William Eklund is ready to make his Sharks debut this season. David Quinn says Eklund will get a long look. However, I would guess that look does not last longer than eight games since General Manager Mike Grier said Eklund’s Entry Level Contract could slide a year if he plays fewer than nine games.
Grier says Eklund's ELC can "slide" again if he plays 9 NHL games or fewer -- so my guess, we just see him for a cup of coffee this year, albeit a long one— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) March 3, 2023
The Washington Capitals last played on Wednesday, so the team is plenty rested.
San Jose Sharks
Goals Leader: Logan Couture (21 G, 29 A)
Assists Leader: Erik Karlsson (19 G, 59 A)
Power Play: 18.3%
Penalty Kill: 83.1%
Goals For/60: 2.94
Goals Against/60: 3.65
Fabian Zetterlund – Tomas Hertl – Andreas Johnsson
Kevin Labanc – Logan Couture – Alexander Barabanov
Noah Gregor – Nico Sturm – Evgeny Svechnikov
William Eklund – Steven Lorentz – Oskar Lindblom
Mario Ferraro – Erik Karlsson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Matt Benning
Radim Simek – Jacob MacDonald
Expected Scratches: Nick Cicek
Injured Reserve: Luke Kunin (knee), Markus Nutivaara (lower body), Jonah Gadjovich (upper body)
Goals Leader: Alex Ovechkin (33 G, 24 A)
Assists Leader: Evgeny Kuznetsov (11 G, 39 A)
Power Play: 20.9%
Penalty Kill: 82.4%
Goals For/60: 3.02
Goals Against/60: 2.97
Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson
Anthony Mantha — Nicklas Backstrom — Craig Smith
Sonny Milano — Dylan Strome — T.J. Oshie
Conor Sheary — Nic Dowd — Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Martin Fehervary — Nick Jensen
Rasmus Sandin — Trevor van Riemsdyk
Matt Irwin — Alexander Alexeyev
Expected Scratches: None
Injured Reserve: John Carlson (head), Carl Hagelin (hip), Connor Brown (knee)
How to watch
Today’s game will be broadcast regionally on NBCSCA. Streaming is available with a subscription to ESPN+ (blackout restrictions may apply). The radio call will be streamed through the Sharks Audio Network. Puck drop is 3:00 p.m. PT/6:00 p.m. ET at SAP Center in San Jose.
In Washington, you can watch on NBCSW. You can also live stream on the team’s webpage or listen through the MyTeams app.
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