Sharks vs. Golden Knights watch guide: Projected lines, defensive pairs

Chelena Goldman
NBC Sports BayArea
Here's how the Sharks are expected to line up when they battle the Golden Knights for second place in the Pacific Division on Thursday night.

Sharks vs. Golden Knights watch guide: Projected lines, defensive pairs

Here's how the Sharks are expected to line up when they battle the Golden Knights for second place in the Pacific Division on Thursday night.

Sharks vs. Golden Knights watch guide: Projected lines, defensive pairs originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com

The San Jose Sharks look to make it five wins in a row, but they have a tough task ahead as they visit Sin City for their second game of the season against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Team Teal recently swept three home games in four nights against the Tampa Bay Lighting, LA Kings, and Edmonton Oilers. Although their top defensive pair of Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun has been sidelined with injuries, San Jose's blueline depth has helped the team go 4-0-0 so far in the month of January. San Jose currently has 57 points on the season, just one point behind Vegas in the Pacific Division standings.

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The Golden Knights also enter Thursday's game with a spotless record on the month and have seven victories in a row dating back to December 27. Starting netminder Marc-Andre Fleury currently leads all NHL goaltenders with 25 wins and six shutouts. (Fans, of course, remember one of those shutouts from the last time the Sharks visited the Golden Knights and Fleury blanked Team Teal 6-0.) Fleury and the Vegas blue line have only allowed two goals or fewer in their last seven contests.

San Jose enters Thursday's game with a 1-3-1 regular season franchise record against the Golden Knights and are winless at T-Mobile Arena during regular season play. Vegas has a 15-3-3 home record heading into Thursday's game and is 11-3-2 versus the rest of the Pacific Division this season.

Sharks projected lines and pairs:

Lukas Radil – Logan Couture – Timo Meier
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Evander Kane – Tomas Hertl – Joonas Donskoi
Kevin Labanc – Barclay Goodrow – Melker Karlsson


Radim Simek – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Erik Karlsson
Joakim Ryan – Tim Heed

Martin Jones – probable starter
Aaron Dell

Golden Knights projected lines and pairs:

Jonathan Marchessault – William Karlsson – Max Pacioretty
Brandon Pirri – Paul Stastny – Alex Tuch
Ryan Carpenter – Tomas Nosek – Valentin Zykov
Oscar Lindberg – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – Ryan Reaves


Brayden McNabb – Nate Schmidt
Shea Theodore – Deryk Engelland
Jon Merrill – Nick Holden

Marc-Andre Fleury – projected starter
Maxime Lagace

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