Sharks vs. Senators watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs

Sharks vs. Senators watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs

The San Jose Sharks hope they can turn their road trip around in their Saturday matinee against Erik Karlsson’s former team, the Ottawa Senators.

The Sharks have lost all three of their decisions so far on this current five-game stint away from SAP Center, most recently falling to the Maple Leafs in Toronto 5-3. They play back-to-back games this weekend against the Senators and the Montreal Canadiens before they return to home ice. 

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The Sens enter Saturday having won two consecutive games. Top-liners Matt Duchene and Drake Batherson tallied two points apiece Thursday night, as Ottawa netminder Craig Anderson made 27 saves on his way to shutting out the New York Rangers 3-0. 

Saturday’s game will serve as a highly anticipated reunion for both teams, which were involved in a massive eight-player trade just before training camp opened. In addition to this being the first time Karlsson has played against the Senators, the Sharks also will get their first look at former players Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo and Mikkel Boedker in Ottawa sweaters.

This is the first matchup of a two-game season series between Ottawa and San Jose. The Sharks are 15-13-4-2 all time against the Senators.

San Jose will be without winger Timo Meier, who will miss his second consecutive game with an undisclosed injury.

Sharks projected lines and pairs

Evander Kane -– Joe Pavelski -– Joonas Donskoi
Tomas Hertl -– Logan Couture -– Kevin Labanc
Barclay Goodrow -– Joe Thornton -– Marcus Sorensen
Lukas Radil -– Antti Suomela -– Melker Karlsson

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

Martin Jones -– projected starter
Aaron Dell

Senators projected lines and pairs

Ryan Dzingel -– Matt Duchene -– Drake Batherson
Brady Tkachuk -– Colin White -– Mark Stone
Mikkel Boedker -– Chris Tierney -– Bobby Ryan
Magnus Paajarvi -– Zack Smith -– Tom Pyatt

Thomas Chabot -– Dylan DeMelo
Maxime Lajoie -– Cody Ceci
Ben Harpur -– Christian Jaros

Craig Anderson -– projected starter
Mike Condon

2020 NHL All-Star Game live stream: How to watch tournament online

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2020 NHL All-Star Game live stream: How to watch tournament online

The players put on a show at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition in St. Louis on Friday night. On Saturday, they'll go head-to-head in the 2020 NHL All-Star Game at Enterprise Center.

Sharks forward Tomas Hertl didn't win any events on Friday, but he'll be one of the talks of the town heading into Saturday's exhibition due to the stunt he pulled against Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington in the Bud Light NHL Save Streak competition. It's unlikely he'll have a Justin Bieber mask stowed away under his jersey during Saturday's All-Star Game, but based on his personality, it wouldn't come as a shock if he had any other surprises in store.

[RELATED: Sharks' Hertl brings fun to NHL skills event with Bieber mask]

As San Jose's lone All-Star representative, Hertl will team up with the other members of the Pacific Division squad in an attempt to claim divisional supremacy over the rest of the league. The 2020 NHL All-Star Game will feature a two-round, three-game tournament in which the league's four divisions will square off. Each 20-minute game will be played 3-on-3, with teams changing sides at the 10-minute mark. Any game tied after 20 minutes of play will be decided by shootout.

In Round One, the two Eastern Conference divisions (Atlantic and Metropolitan) will face off, while the two Western Conference divisions (Central and Pacific) will battle in Round Two. The two winners then advance to Round Three where they'll face each other to determine the overall champion.

Here's how to watch the 2020 NHL All-Star Game online:

When: Saturday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m. PT
Live Stream:

Sharks' Tomas Hertl brings the fun to NHL All-Star Skills Competition


Sharks' Tomas Hertl brings the fun to NHL All-Star Skills Competition

Leave it to Tomas Hertl to put a smile on everyone's face.

The self-described "smiley guy" is the Sharks' lone representative at NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, and he didn't take long to show the Enterprise Center crowd why he fills that role so well during the All-Star Skills Competition on Friday night.

Hertl participated in two events on the evening, and got the crowd on its feet both times. But it was his first event -- the Bud Light NHL Save Streak -- during which he created one of the highlights of the entire night.

The Save Streak competition pits goalies against one another to see how many consecutive breakaway saves they can make. Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy held the lead with nine consecutive stops with only the hometown Jordan Binnington left to go. The Blues goaltender recently challenged musician Justin Bieber to a breakaway competition on Twitter, in which he said he would die his hair platinum blonde if Bieber scored at least once on 10 breakaway attempts.

Clearly, Hertl was paying attention, because he had a surprise for Binnington on his own breakaway attempt.

See for yourself:

Hertl didn't score on his hilarious attempt, but it's tough to blame him for two reasons. For one -- and perhaps most importantly -- he had a gigantic Justin Bieber mask over his entire face. Secondly, Binnington would go on to stop six more shots in a row after Hertl to win the event with a streak of 10.

[RELATED: Sharks' Karlsson named to NHL's All-Decade Second Team]

The 26-year-old forward wasn't done for the night, though. He participated in the next event -- the Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting -- as well.

The Accuracy Shooting competition involves a series of shooters attempting to hit five targets on a digital board. Hertl might have the best mits on the Sharks, and he wasted no time showing them off in St. Louis, knocking down four targets on his first four shot attempts. The crowd got louder and louder as it appeared Hertl might complete a perfect round in very short order, but unfortunately, the crescendo had to wait. Hertl struggled to hit the final target, requiring nine more attempts to close it out. Carolina's Jacob Slavvin ultimately won the event, hitting all five targets in only 9.505 seconds, considerably faster than Hertl's time of 17.161.

So, Hertl wasn't victorious in any one event at the Skills Competition, but he undoubtedly will be remembered as one of the big winners of the night. After all, as he likes to say, "Fun must be always."