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Sharks Look to Dodge Thanksgiving Hangover

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The San Jose Sharks take on the New York Islanders at SAP Center today in a rare afternoon matchup. The game is scheduled to start at 1:00 pm PST rather than the typical 7:30 pm puck drop.

The Sharks seemed to have found their groove again as they have won their last two games in hard-fought, yet satisfying, fashion. They will try to extend their win streak to three games and improve their home record to 7-2-0 by defeating their east-coast adversaries.

Despite playing on home ice, this is a difficult part of the schedule for San Jose. This is the third game of a stretch that has them play four games in six nights. The Sharks host the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow.

The Bay Area franchise still has some key injuries as well; Tomas Hertl will be out for weeks with a knee injury, and Melker Karlsson is still recovering from an ankle injury.

Luckily, David Schlemko will return to the lineup today after missing Wednesday’s game with an illness.

Aaron Dell will get the start today, meaning Martin Jones will likely start against the division rival Ducks tomorrow.

The Islanders are a team that have severely underperformed this season. After finishing fourth in the Metropolitan Division last year, they are ranked last in the division this year.

New York is struggling heavily with injuries thus far as Mikhail Grabovski, Ryan Pulock and Dennis Seidenberg are all on injured reserved. Cal Clutterbuck also missed the last game with an upper body injury but is projected to play today.

Additionally, they have had almost no success while on the road. The team has just one win in their seven games away from Barclay’s Center.

Ryan Strome is a healthy scratch today and former Shark Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the Islanders.

Comparison

San Jose New York Advantage
11-8-1 (23 points) Record 6-9-4 (16 points) San Jose
2nd in Pacific Div. Standing 8th in Metropolitan San Jose
5-4-1 Last 10 Games 2-4-4 San Jose
16.9% (11/65) Power Play 12.3% (7/57) San Jose
88.2 (45/51) Penalty Kill 79.5% (58/73) San Jose
47 Goals For 47 TIE
43 Goals Against 60 San Jose
+4 Goal Differential -13 San Jose

Projected Lines

San Jose Sharks

Marleau – Thornton – Pavelski

Ward – Couture – Donskoi

Boedker – Tierney – Nieto

Haley – Wingels – Labanc

Vlasic – Braun

Martin – Burns

Dillon – Schlemko

Dell

Jones

New York Islanders

Bailey – Tavares – Beauvillier

Kulemin – Nelson – Clutterbuck

Lee – Quine – Chimera

Ladd – Cizikas – Prince

Leddy – Hamonic

Hickey – Boychuk

de Haan – Pelech

Greiss

Halak

About Drew Weber

Drew Weber is a lover of hockey and abuser of analytics. Prior to joining Pucknology, he covered the San Jose Sharks and Team USA for The Hockey Writers and contributed briefly to Fear the Fin. You can follow him on Twitter at @puck_over_glass.

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