The Sharks play just two extra online games just before the All-Star break, and the group kicks matters off Monday as they continue their tour as a result of the Sunshine Point out to play the Florida Panthers.
San Jose appears to be like to continue its existing road journey on a large note following dropping their final two contests. In their Saturday night bout with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Sharks had been equipped to dig out of a two-objective hole to tie matters up in the 2nd body. But the Bolts jumped on the minimal mistakes the Sharks made and came absent with a 6-3 victory.
San Jose continues to be in 2nd location in the Pacific Division with 63 points, but the Vegas Golden Knights are proper on their heels with 62. Vegas hosts the Minnesota Wild on Monday although the Sharks are in Florida.
The Panthers are on the opposite finish of the spectrum from the Sharks. Florida at present occupies sixth location in the Atlantic Division, effectively out of a playoff location. They have, however, been actively playing better hockey as of late and have won two contests in a row. On Saturday night, they defeated the Nashville Predators 4-2.
Monday’s match marks the initial of two normal period online games involving the Sharks and the Panthers. In 34 full conferences involving the franchises, San Jose retains a 14-10-7-3 record.
San Jose is anticipated to be without defenseman Erik Karlsson for Monday’s match in Florida. Additionally, fellow blueliner Marc-Edouard Vlasic could perhaps pencil back into the lineup following lacking practically the whole month of January thanks to injury.
Sharks projected traces and pairs:
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Melker Karlsson
Timo Meier – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
Evander Kane – Tomas Hertl – Joonas Donskoi
Lukas Radil – Barclay Goodrow – Kevin Labanc
Radim Simek – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Tim Heed
Martin Jones – projected starter
Panthers projected traces and pairs:
Frank Vatrano – Aleksander Barkov – Evgenii Dadonov
Jonathan Huberdeau – Vincent Trocheck – Nick Bjugstad
Mike Hoffman – Henrik Borgstrom – Denis Malgin
Jayce Hawryluk – Jared McCann – Colton Sceviour
Keith Yandle – Aaron Ekblad
Michael Matheson – Mark Pysyk
Ian McCoshen – Josh Brown
Roberto Luongo – projected starter