SAN JOSE – The San Jose Sharks have had their backs against the wall for two straight games and have emerged victorious. They’ll have to do that one last time in Game 7 on Tuesday evening against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Is there any advantage to having faced potential elimination in the previous two contests?
“I don't know if it gives us an advantage, but we understand how to play,” captain Joe Pavelski told NBC Sports California after Sharks’ morning skate. “Each one's been important if we want to keep playing. The big thing is, we've gotten off to good starts, I think. And the commitment level has been really high for us. That's going to have to continue."
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Tuesday’s contest will be the 11th Game 7 in the Sharks’ franchise history, and they enter with a 6-4 record in such situations. San Jose has a 14-20 record when facing elimination.
Sharks projected lines and pairs
Timo Meier – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
Evander Kane – Tomas Hertl – Gustav Nyquist
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Kevin Labanc
Lukas Radil – Barclay Goodrow – Melker Karlsson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Erik Karlsson
Joakim Ryan – Justin Braun
Martin Jones – projected starter
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Golden Knights projected lines and pairs
Jonathan Marchessault – William Karlsson – Reilly Smith
Max Pacioretty – Paul Stastny – Mark Stone
Brandon Pirri – Cody Eakin – Alex Tuch
Will Carrier – Tomas Nosek – Ryan Reaves
Nate Schmidt – Deryk Engelland
Brayden McNabb – Shea Theodore
Jon Merrill – Colin Miller
Marc-Andre Fleury – projected starter
The Sharks have yet to lose consecutive home games during their current playoff run. They'll attempt to keep that streak going when they host the Blues in Game 5 of the Western Conference final in San Jose on Sunday.
The Sharks are coming off a 2-1 loss to St. Louis in Game 4 on Friday, and lost 4-2 the last time they faced the Blues at SAP Center back in Game 2. The series is now tied at two games apiece, and has been played extremely evenly, with the Sharks having scored 14 goals to St. Louis' 13.
The Sharks are 18-18 all-time in Game 5 situations and 12-6 at SAP Center.
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The puck drops for Game 5 at noon PT/3 p.m. ET, so don't linger at brunch.
Here's how to watch Game 5 between the Sharks and Blues on TV and streaming live online, as well as pregame and postgame coverage on NBC Sports California Plus.
When: Noon PT on Sunday, May 19, on NBC (Sharks Playoff Live starts at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports California Plus)
Live Stream: NBC Sports app; fuboTV -- Try a free trial (MyTeams by NBC Sports app for pregame/postgame)
There was no further update on Erik Karlsson's status the day following the Sharks' 2-1 loss to the Blues in Game 4 of the Western Conference final.
"We’re focused as if he’s playing. Only Erik knows how he’s feeling," San Jose defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic told the media Saturday, via the Mercury News.
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St. Louis has its own banged-up defenseman, and he's already been ruled out for Game 5 at SAP Center on Sunday.
Blues defenseman Vince Dunn will not make the trip, according to coach Craig Berube. Dunn, who took a puck to the face in Game 3, remains day to day with an upper-body injury.
While Dunn will miss Game 5, Blues forward Sammy Blais is expected to play after taking a Brent Burns slap shot off the foot in Game 4, according to the St. Louis Dispatch. Blais leads all players in the series with 24 hits.