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Sharks Injury Woes Continue; Host Blues

Sharks Injury Woes Continue

The San Jose Sharks will host the St. Louis Blues as they continue their effort to keep pace in the Pacific Division standings at the same time they try to mend their injury-riddled roster.  The Sharks did get some good news though as defenceman David Schlemko returns to the lineup.  Unfortunately, as it has been the last few weeks one one player comes in two seem to go out.  Dylan DeMelo recently had surgery on his wrist and Paul Martin is a game-time decision. Should Paul Martin not be able to play Tim Heed who has been a standout for the San Jose Barracuda will draw into the lineup for just his second NHL game.

On the forward side of the roster, Joonas Donskoi is out of the lineup tonight.  Normally this could be written off as head coach Peter DeBoer‘s random scratch of the day but the Sharks have recalled forward Ryan Carpenter instead of defenceman Mirco Mueller meaning that Donskoi missing time is a little more concerning.

Blues Woes In Goal

For the St. Louis Blues it’s been a season where they have been fortunate enough that the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators have also had issues this season if the Central division was as tight as last year they would surely be on the outside looking in. Jake Allen has struggled in his first year as the undisputed number one goalie in St. Louis.  So far Allen’s record is not terrible 17-11-3 is still a winning record but his .900 SV is the second worst and 84 goals against is third worst among starting goalies on playoff bound teams.   This has to come as some concern to the Blues because unlike in years prior they do not have a 1A goalie to pick up the slack.  Backup goaltender Carter Hutton who will start the last game has a 4-5-0 record with a 2.88 GAA and a 9.94 SV%.  Should the Blues succeed in the playoffs the improvements will need to start between the pipes.

San Jose Sharks Away Team Advantage
25-15-2, 52 pts Record 21-16-5, 47 pts Sharks
2nd. Pacific Div. Standing 3rd Central
6-3-1 Last 10 Games 4-5-1 Sharks
16.7% (21st) Power Play 22.1% (9th) Blues
82.7% (11th) Penalty Kill 84.7% (6th) Blues
110 Goals For 117 Blues
96 Goals Against 127 Sharks
+16 Goal Differential -10 Sharks


Blues Projected Lineup

Jaden SchwartzPaul Stastny – Alex Steen
Nail YakupovJori Lehtera – Vladimir Tarasenko
Robby FabbriPatrik Berglund – David Perron
Dmitrij JaskinKyle Brodziak – Ryan Reaves

Alex Pietrangelo – Colton Parayko
Jay Bouwmeester – Kevin Shattenkirk
Joel Edmundson – Robert Bortuzzo

Carter Hutton
Jake Allen

Sharks Projected Lineup

Patrick MarleauJoe ThorntonJoe Pavelski
Mikkel BoedkerLogan CoutureKevin Labanc
Timo MeierChris Tierney – Joel Ward
Melker KarlssonMicheal HaleyTommy Wingels

Marc-Edouard VlasicJustin Braun
Paul Martin or Tim Heed – Brent Burns
Brenden DillonDavid Schlemko

Martin Jones
Aaron Dell

About Ian Reid

Ian is the Director of Content for Pucknology. He is a lifelong Sharks fan based in Canada. In three short years Ian has come a long way starting from his own blogspot and going on to write for RSENReport.com, Last Word on Hockey before settling in at Pucknology. You can also find Ian's work as a contributor at FearTheFin.com. On the podcast side of things he was a co-host of the now defunct Teal Tinted Glasses podcast as well as a regular on Pucknology After Dark and host of the Pucknology Writers Room.

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