NHL Gameday: Sharks' regular season concludes against Flames

NHL Gameday: Sharks' regular season concludes against Flames

Programming note – Sharks-Flames coverage starts today at 6:30 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on NBC Sports California Plus (Channel Listings)


Sharks: 45-29-7, 97 points, 3rd Pacific Division
Flames: 45-32-4, 94 points, 4th Pacific Division


***Although the Sharks are still technically alive for home ice in the first round, they'll need to beat Calgary in their regular season finale tonight and hope that Edmonton loses both games in regulation this weekend to miserable Vancouver. The Oilers visit the Canucks, who have lost six in a row, tonight.

***Coach Pete DeBoer wouldn’t confirm it, but it looks like Justin Braun will not play in the finale and Dylan DeMelo will draw in. The Sharks recalled Timo Meier, Danny O’Regan and Tim Heed on Saturday morning, and Meier and O’Regan might also play.

Whoever ends up sitting out, DeBoer indicated it would be more about bumps and bruises than taking a breather before the playoffs.

“If we sit anybody it won’t be a rest,” DeBoer said. “Everyone is dealing with a little something, so we’ve just got some bodies here and we’ll make some decisions at game time.”

DeMelo will be playing for the first time since March 25 in Nashville, and said it’s “definitely” important to get in a game in case he’s needed in the playoffs.

“Just same as always, really, whenever I get a chance just try to make the most of it,” DeMelo said.

***Aaron Dell will be between the pipes after Martin Jones started the previous seven.

“Just get that last little feel of it before we go in [the playoffs],” Dell said.

DeBoer is confident that Jones, who was so vital to the team’s run to the Stanley Cup Final last season, has gotten into a good rhythm. 

“I think he’s been excellent here the last week. I feel real good about where his game is at. I think he does. I think he’s ready to go.”

In his last eight starts, Jones is 3-5-0 with a 3.54 goals-against average and .882 save percentage.

***The Sharks have two players sitting on 29 goals – Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns. They have not had a season without a single 30-goal scorer since 2007-08.

Burns is trying to become the first 30-goal scorer as a defenseman since Mike Green had 31 for Washington in 2008-09.

“It would be nice for him. I don’t think anybody right now is thinking about personal goals, including him,” DeBoer said. “It would be a nice accomplishment, but I think he’s had an exceptional year, regardless. Arguably been our best player all year.”


Sharks: Patrick Marleau. Since moving to center with Joe Thornton and Logan Couture still out, Marleau has looked out of place. Perhaps he moves back to the wing for the Flames game, while Danny O’Regan gets a closer look as fourth line center. When asked if that could happen on Friday, though, DeBoer said: “I think the answers lie in the group we’ve got here.” That was before O’Regan’s recall.

Flames: Mark Giordano. The Flames’ 33-year-old defenseman has four assists in his last three games entering tonight. Giordano has 39 points (12g, 27a) in 81 games this season, and along with partner Dougie Hamilton (49 points), is part of a strong top pair that can contribute on both ends of the ice.


Melker Karlsson – Joe Pavelski – Kevin Labanc
Jannik Hansen – Tomas Hertl – Mikkel Boedker
Joonas Donskoi – Patrick Marleau – Joel Ward
Micheal Haley – Chris Tierney – Marcus Sorensen

Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Dylan DeMelo
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko

Aaron Dell (starter)
Martin Jones

Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Michael Ferland
Matt Tkachuk – Curtis Lazar – Michael Frolik
Freddie Hamilton – Sam Bennett – Alex Chiasson
Lance Bouma – Matt Stajan – Troy Brouwer

Mark Giordano – Dougie Hamilton
T.J. Brodie – Dennis Wideman
Matt Bartkowski – Deryk Engelland

Brian Elliott
Jon Gillies


Sharks: Justin Braun (undisclosed) is doubtful. Logan Couture (face), Joe Thornton (left knee) are out.

Flames: Chad Johnson (lower body) is out.


“We’re still working at our game. We want our details of our game in the right place heading into the playoffs next week. For me, the meeting this morning was all about the details of the game that are going to be critical whenever we start next week.” – Pete DeBoer


NHL awards: Sharks' Brent Burns named 2019 Norris Trophy finalist

NHL awards: Sharks' Brent Burns named 2019 Norris Trophy finalist

The NHL confirmed Sunday what we've known pretty much all season: Brent Burns is a Norris Trophy finalist.

The award is given annually to the defenseman voted to have demonstrated the greatest all-around ability at the position throughout the season.

The finalist designation comes as no surprise, after Burns -- who previously won the Norris for the first time in 2017 -- led all NHL defensemen in assists (67), points (83), game-winning goals (six) and shots on goal (300) during the regular season. He's the first defenseman in Sharks history with at least 60 assists in a season, and he ranked second among NHL defensemen in short-handed points (five) and was seventh in average ice time (25:06).

Joining Burns as Norris finalists are Calgary's Mark Giordano and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman. Giordano finished second among NHL defensemen in regular-season scoring with 74 points (17 goals, 57 assists), and led all NHL players with a plus-39 rating. Hedman, the reigning Norris winner, tallied 54 points (12 goals, 42 assists) for the Lightning, who led the NHL with a plus-98 goal differential. Both Calgary and Tampa Bay finished with the best records in their respective conferences, but both were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs in the first round.

The winner will be announced at the 2019 NHL Awards, presented by Bridgestone, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center sports and entertainment complex June 19 in Las Vegas.

Burns already is the only Norris Trophy winner in Sharks franchise history. A second award would be well-deserved but surely isn't at the forefront of his mind with San Jose's must-win Game 6 against the Vegas Golden Knights taking place later Sunday.

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Joining Burns in Vegas for the 2019 NHL Awards will be fellow Sharks Joe Thornton and Brenden Dillon.

Thornton is nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player who, "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey." Dillon, meanwhile, has been nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, given to the player who "best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community."

Sharks vs. Golden Knights watch guide: Do-or-die Game 6 for San Jose

Sharks vs. Golden Knights watch guide: Do-or-die Game 6 for San Jose

The San Jose Sharks staved off elimination Thursday night. Now they have another opportunity to keep their second season going Sunday, but it will be no easy feat as their Stanley Cup playoff first-round series with the Golden Knights returns to Las Vegas for Game 6.

Team Teal put on a magnificent performance in Game 5, holding off the rival Knights and pulling out a 5-2 victory. Tomas Hertl found the back of the net twice, Barclay Goodrow scored his first playoff goal, and Martin Jones turned away 30 of 32 shots as San Jose forced the series to go to a sixth game.

San Jose has lost the previous two games of the series in Las Vegas, getting outscored by the Golden Knights 11-3. According to StatsPass, the Sharks are 12-23-0 all time in playoff games played Sunday.

Here are the teams' projected lines and defensive pairings for Game 6:

Sharks projected lines and pairs

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

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Erik Karlsson
Joakim Ryan – Justin Braun

Martin Jones – projected starter
Aaron Dell

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Golden Knights projected lines and pairs

Jonathan Marchessault – William Karlsson – Reilly Smith
Max Pacioretty – Paul Stastny – Mark Stone
Tomas Nosek – Cody Eakin – Alex Tuch
Will Carrier – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – Ryan Reaves

Nate Schmidt – Deryk Engelland
Brayden McNabb – Shea Theodore
Jon Merrill – Colin Miller

Marc-Andre Fleury – projected starter
Malcom Subban