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.
Donskoi out tonight. Paul Martin a game time decision, Heed will go if Martin can't. #sjsharks
— Zachary DeVine (@zakkthebear) January 14, 2017
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.
#SJSharks recall Ryan Carpenter from Barracuda
— Curtis Pashelka (@CurtisPashelka) January 14, 2017
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|