The Anaheim Ducks certainly have an opportunity in front of them with this two-games series against the San Jose Sharks.
Tonight at SAP Center, the Sharks will be down two defenders, as Radim Simek was placed on injured reserve this morning and Erik Karlsson in day-to-day. Both were injured against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday. That’s a hefty gap on the blueline, as newcomer Fredrik Claesson and rookie Nicolas Meloche fill out the bottom pairing.
As for the Ducks, Sonny Milano has started practicing with the team, but is still considered day-to-day.
These two teams met earlier this month, splitting the series with both games going to a shootout. The Sharks are eighth in the West Division, going 2-2-1 so far in the month of February.
Here’s everything you need to know to tune in tonight:
Adam Henrique — Ryan Getzlaf — Troy Terry
Max Comtois — Isac Lundestrom — Rickard Rakell
Danton Heinen — David Backes — Jakob Silfverberg
Nicolas Deslauriers — Derek Grant — Carter Rowney
Hampus Lindholm — Kevin Shattenkirk
Cam Fowler — Jani Hakanpaa
Ben Hutton — Jacob Larsson
Expected Scratches: Vinni Lettieri, Sam Steel
Injured Reserve: Josh Manson (oblique), Sonny Milano (upper body)
SAN JOSE SHARKS
Evander Kane — Logan Couture — Kevin Labanc
Rudolfs Balcers — Tomas Hertl — Timo Meier
Ryan Donato — Dylan Gambrell — John Leonard
Matt Nieto — Patrick Marleau — Stefan Noesen
Mario Ferraro — Brent Burns
Nikolai Knyzhov — Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Fredrik Claesson — Nicolas Meloche
Expected Scratches: Marcus Sorensen, Jacob Middleton
Injured Reserve: Erik Karlsson (lower body), Radim Simek (upper body)
How to Watch
Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET at SAP Center in San Jose, California. Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on NBC Sports Bay Area and Fox Sports West, as well as available to stream through NHL.tv.
Follow along in the comments for live updates and reactions throughout the game!