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."
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