Golden Knights at Sharks: Lines, open thread and how to watch
Henry Thrun and Thomas Bordeleau will play for the Sharks tonight against the Vegas Golden Knights. Lines, open thread and how to watch.
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To the Sharks, where Thomas Bordeleau will make his debut in the San Jose lineup tonight. San Jose Hockey Now's Sheng Peng reports Bordeleau will line up with Logan Couture.
We will also get our first look at Harvard's Henry Thrun tonight. Thrun is a 22-year-old defenseman who had 31 points (7G, 24A) in 33 games this season with the Crimson. While initially drafted by the Anaheim Ducks, Thrun basically told the Ducks he would not sign with them when he went pro. The Sharks took a shot and traded a 2024 third-round draft pick for Thrun. San Jose signed him to a two year deal and now have the rest of this season and next to see what Thrun can do.
According to DobberProspects, Thrun is "A well balanced defenseman. Good puck mover that can shoot the puck well and plays smart defensively."
Speaking of defensemen, the Sharks also re-upped with Nikolai Knyzhov. Yesterday, the Sharks signed the 25-year-old to a two-year extension with a $1.25 million AAV. It's a one-way contract, so expect him to stick with the Sharks next season.
Tank for Bedard race
That win over Winnipeg on Tuesday really did a number on San Jose's standings in the tank race.
As of this morning, the Sharks sit in 30th place in the league, two points ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets and one point ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks. Worse yet, it's just one point behind the Anaheim Ducks.
It appears to be a four horse race to the bottom. Luckily for us, the Vegas Golden Knights pay a visit to the Shark Tank tonight...I mean, FV, but FV even more if the Golden Knights aren't going to help us in our tank quest.
San Jose Sharks
Goals Leader: Logan Couture (25 G, 36 A)
Assists Leader: Erik Karlsson (22 G, 69 A)
Power Play: 17.6%
Penalty Kill: 83.3%
Goals For/60: 2.85
Goals Against/60: 3.78
Thomas Bordeleau — Logan Couture — Fabian Zetterlund
Jacob Peterson — Tomas Hertl — Martin Kaut
Noah Gregor — Nico Sturm — Kevin Labanc
Oskar Lindblom — Steven Lorentz — Jeffrey Viel
Marc-Edouard Vlasic — Erik Karlsson
Mario Ferraro — Jacob MacDonald
Henry Thrun – Radim Simek
Expected Scratches: Jonah Gadjovich
Injured Reserve: Luke Kunin (knee), Markus Nutivaara (lower body), Evgeny Svechnikov (lower body), Alexander Barabanov (lower body), Matt Benning
Vegas Golden Knights
Goals Leader: Jack Eichel (27 G, 32 A)
Assists Leader: Chandler Stephenson (13 G, 43 A)
Power Play: 21.1%
Penalty Kill: 77.3%
Goals For/60: 3.27
Goals Against/60: 2.82
Ivan Barbashev – Jack Eichel – Jonathan Marchessault
Pavel Dorofeyev – William Karlsson – Nicolas Roy
Mike Amadio – Chandler Stephenson – Phil Kessel
Brett Howden – Teddy Blueger – Keegan Kolesar
Alec Martinez – Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb – Zach Whitecloud
Nicolas Hague – Ben Hutton
Expected Scratches: None
Injured Reserve: Nolan Patrick, Mark Stone, Adin Hill, Will Carrier, Keegan Kolesar, Logan Thompson, Reilly Smith, Shea Theodore
How to watch
Tonight’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 at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET at SAP Center in San Jose, California.
If you're in the Vegas area, you can watch on AT&T Sportsnet.
Check back then to follow along with all of the play-by-play action in the comment section below!