The San Jose Sharks (8-5-3) are in town to face the St.Louis Blues (5-5-3) at the Enterprise Center. The Sharks are 6-2-2 over their last 10 games, and tonight’s tilt against the Blues will be their second contest in two days.
San Jose has a wealth of talent in their top six. Beyond the usual suspects (Thorton, Pavelski, Kane, Couture, and Donskoi), upstart youngster Timo Meier is on an absolute tear, scoring 12 goals in only 16 games played this season. Blues starter Chad Johnson will be tested early and often by this dynamic forward group.
St.Louis is well rested, and coming off a solid 4-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes, but the Blues’ sluggish start to the season has Head Coach Mike Yeo feeling the heat (especially since future-hall-of-fame coach Joel Quenneville recently became unemployed.) Newly-acquired power forward Pat Maroon is a healthy scratch; Yeo told the press the Oakville native was in need of a ‘reset.’ Brayden Schenn is also out of the lineup for the Blues with a ‘lower-body injury.’
Here are tonight’s projected lines:
Evander Kane -- Joe Pavelski -- Joonas Donskoi
Timo Meier -- Logan Couture -- Kevin Labanc
Barclay Goodrow -- Joe Thornton -- Marcus Sorensen
Melker Karlsson -- Antti Suomela -- Rourke Chartier
Joakim Ryan -- Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon -- Erik Karlsson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun
Scratched: Radim Simek, Tim Heed
Injured: Tomas Hertl (concussion)
Jaden Schwartz -- Ryan O’Reilly -- Vladimir Tarasenko
Robby Fabbri -- Robert Thomas -- David Perron
Alexander Steen -- Tyler Bozak -- Nikita Soshnikov
Zach Sanford -- Ivan Barbashev -- Oskar Sundqvist
Carl Gunnarsson -- Alex Pietrangelo
Vince Dunn -- Colton Parayko
Joel Edmundson -- Jordan Schmaltz
Scratched: Jay Bouwmeester, Pat Maroon
Injured: Brayden Schenn (upper body), Robert Bortuzzo (lower body)
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