Sharks

NHL Gameday: Sharks down another forward headed into Ducks game

NHL Gameday: Sharks down another forward headed into Ducks game

Programming note – Sharks-Ducks coverage starts today at 7:00 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on CSN California

WHERE THEY STAND

Sharks: 12-8-1, 25 points, 2nd Pacific Division
Ducks: 9-8-4, 22 points, 4th Pacific Division

PREGAME NEWS AND NOTES

***The Sharks will try to keep it rolling at home, as they are a perfect 3-0 so far on their five-game homestand, and 7-2 overall. On Friday afternoon, Patrick Marleau’s late score and 26 saves by Aaron Dell pushed the club to a 3-2 win over the Islanders. 

Anaheim brings a three-game losing streak into tonight’s meeting, going 0-2-1 over that span, including a 3-2 loss to the Blackhawks on Friday afternoon at home in which it had a 36-25 advantage in shots.

“They outshot and outchanced Chicago, just didn’t win,” Pete DeBoer said. “They’re going to be desperate. This is a swing of either we’re up five [points] or we’re up one. That’s a big swing at this point of the season. It’s an important game to both teams.”

***The Sharks lost yet another forward on Friday when Tommy Wingels left in the first period with a lower body injury. He joins Melker Karlsson and Tomas Hertl on the shelf, and was termed as day-to-day by DeBoer on Saturday morning. He won’t play against Anaheim.

Ryan Carpenter and Barclay Goodrow have been recalled from the Barracuda. At least one of them will make his Sharks season debut against the Ducks.

“We’ll make a game-time decision on who’s in and who’s out,” DeBoer said.

***The Sharks’ depth players have been producing lately, including Chris Tierney, who brings a three-game point streak into Saturday. Matt Nieto, who has struggled to keep his place in the lineup, has been effective, too.

“We need that,” DeBoer said. “The depth of this team is always we’ve been something we’ve talked about and always been key. It’s a real race to three goals here, and it’s not realistic that [the top line is] going to score three goals every night. Our power play has been chipping in, but not consistently enough lately. So, we have to get some depth scoring and contributions from those guys.”

KEEP AN EYE ON...

Sharks: Matt Nieto. After he was scratched for eight of nine games, Nieto has played the previous six and made some nice plays. Against the Islanders, his saucer pass to Chris Tierney helped to generate Joe Pavelski’s score, and he also rang a shot off the post. The Long Beach native has four points (1g, 3a) in 12 career games against the Ducks.

Ducks: Jakob Silfverberg. The right wing has been Anaheim’s most consistent scorer of late, with nine points (4g, 5a) in the last seven games. He potted one of the Ducks’ two goals in their loss to Chicago on Friday afternoon.

PROBABLE LINES

Sharks
Patrick Marleau – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Joonas Donskoi – Logan Couture – Joel Ward
Mikkel Boedker – Chris Tierney – Matt Nieto
Micheal Haley – Ryan Carpenter – Kevin Labanc

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko

Martin Jones (starter)
Aaron Dell

Ducks
Rickard Rakell – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie – Antoine Vermette – Ondrej Kase
Ryan Garbutt – Chris Wagner – Logan Shaw

Cam Fowler – Sami Vatanen
Hampus Lundholm – Josh Manson
Shea Theodore – Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson
Jonathan Bernier

INJURIES

Sharks: Tommy Wingels (lower body), Melker Karlsson (left foot) and Tomas Hertl (right knee sprain) are out.

Ducks: Nic Kerdiles (concussion), Nate Thompson (Achilles surgery), Simon Despres (concussion), Clayton Stoner (lower body) and Joe Cramarossa (lower body) are out.

QUOTEABLE

"It was just get right back out there and go after it. You don't like to see another team tying it up that late in the game, but I think we had the right mindset going right back out there and trying to get the win right away." – Patrick Marleau, on his late game-winning goal on Friday against the Islanders

After beating Vegas, Sharks can't suffer emotional letdown vs. Avalanche

sharksemotionsusatsi.jpg
USATSI

After beating Vegas, Sharks can't suffer emotional letdown vs. Avalanche

SAN JOSE -- The Sharks and Avalanche enter their second-round series of the NHL playoffs on very different pages. San Jose will be just three days removed from their Game 7 overtime victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, while the Avs haven't played since booting the Calgary Flames from the playoffs on April 19. 

When asked if there was an advantage to not having time to get rusty, Sharks’ coach Peter DeBoer tried to suppress a laugh. 

“If you’re asking me if I’d rather have a week off, I’ll take the week off,” he told NBC Sports California with a smile.

Granted, San Jose is dealing with multiple injuries sustained during their contentious first-round bout with the Golden Knights. But more than anything, DeBoer wants his team to be able to keep their intensity high after a come-from-behind series win over Vegas. Extracurriculars, off-ice chatter, and back-to-back games going extra long can really zap the energy out of a team, and San Jose has to be ready to bounce back from that. 

“I’m more worried about our emotional level than our physical,” DeBoer admitted. “You’re fighting for your life for three games in a row, that taxes you emotionally. So we’ve got to get our emotional levels back up when we come out on the ice on Friday night.”

There is one advantage San Jose has over their next opponent, however: getting to start the series in their own building.

“It’s nice to not be traveling today to Colorado,” DeBoer said. “It’s nice, especially after a seven-game series, to not have to travel.”

Defenseman Brenden Dillon agreed. “I think any time you get to play at home and you don’t have to travel three or four hours, different time zones, it’s going to play to our advantage. Especially after a big series like that, a physical series where guys are banged up. Any time you’re able to sleep in your own bed I think is a positive.”

Dillon and the rest of the Sharks’ defensemen have a tall task ahead of them in shutting down Colorado’s speedy offense, which did quite a bit of damage against the Flames in their first-round series. Top-line center Nathan MacKinnon and second-line winger Mikko Rantanen led the charge with a combined 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) against Calgary, while Hobey Baker winner Cale Makar finished his first NHL playoff series with two points (one goal, one assist) and a plus-four. 

[RELATED: Sharks' Pavelski unlikely to play in Game 1 vs. Avs]

Much like shutting down Vegas’ Mark Stone line, San Jose will have to solve the MacKinnon combo if they’re going to be successful. 

“We’ve got to be aware of them,” DeBoer said, explaining that facing the Avs' offense in the playoffs will be different than facing them during the regular season. “The regular season you throw out the window this time of year. We watched them against Calgary and what they did to them against a really good d-corps. We know what we’re dealing with and that’s going to be the challenge of the series.”

Sharks' Joe Pavelski day-to-day but unlikely to play in Game 1 vs. Avalanche

Sharks' Joe Pavelski day-to-day but unlikely to play in Game 1 vs. Avalanche

SAN JOSE – Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer is classifying Joe Pavelski as day-to-day after the captain sustained a scary injury during San Jose's Game 7 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.

Pavelski left Game 7 at the 9:13 mark of the third period after getting cross-checked off a faceoff by Cody Eakin and falling to the ice and hitting his head. No. 8 was bleeding profusely and had to be helped off the ice by a few of his teammates with a towel being held to his head. DeBoer wouldn’t specify exactly what Pavelski’s ailment was, but said the top-line forward was “feeling the effects” of the injury and likely won’t be in the lineup for Game 1 of the Sharks' second-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche.

“It could’ve been worse, you could’ve been dealing with a fractured skull,” DeBoer told the media after Thursday’s morning skate. “Thankfully, we weren’t.”

Pavelski did not take the ice for practice Thursday, although the press was told he was in the building.

Teammates Melker Karlsson and Tim Heed were also missing from practice Thursday morning. Joonas Donskoi, who missed Game 7 against the Knights with an unspecified injury, skated in a non-contact orange sweater early Thursday morning but left the ice before practice got underway. Micheal Haley returned to practice for the first time since sustaining an injury during Game 3 against the Knights.

When questioned about the status of players missing from practice, DeBoer chalked it up to the team being banged-up just like every other team still in the hunt for the Stanley Cup.

“Like anybody this time of year, we have a lot of game-time decisions,” DeBoer said.

[RELATED: NHL apologizes to Vegas for mistake on major penalty call]

The Sharks will open up their second-round series against the Avalanche at SAP Center on Friday.