The Sharks get one last chance to right the ship ahead of the holiday break as they end their weekend back-to-back hosting the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.
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San Jose received some rough news on Sunday morning, learning that defenseman Erik Karlsson was suspended for two games. Karlsson was suspended by the NHL Department of Player for a hit to the head on Los Angeles Kings winger Austin Wagner.
The hit occurred during the second period on Saturday in the Sharks' 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings.
Arizona enters Sunday’s contest on the tail end of a back-to-back, snapping a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 6-4 victory at home against the Colorado Avalanche. The two points give the Coyotes 32 points in the Pacific Division standings, just three points ahead of the aforementioned Kings.
This is the second time this season the Sharks and Coyotes have met. In their previous contest in Arizona, the Sharks skated away with a 5-3 victory.
Sharks projected lines and pairs
Evander Kane – Joe Pavelski – Joonas Donskoi
Tomas Hertl – Logan Couture – Timo Meier
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Kevin Labanc
Melker Karlsson – Barclay Goodrow – Lukas Radil
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Radim Simek – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Tim Heed
Aaron Dell – confirmed starter
Coyotes projected lines and pairs
Alex Galchenyuk – Nick Schmaltz – Christian Fischer
Richard Panik – Derek Stepan – Clayton Keller
Nick Cousins – Brad Richardson – Josh Archibald
Lawson Crouse – Mario Kempe – Conor Garland
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Alex Goligoski
Niklas Hjalmarsson – Jakob Chychrun
Kevin Connauton – Ilya Lyubushkin
Darcy Kuemper – projected starter