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

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

The San Jose Sharks are kicking off a quick two-game road trip through the Central Division, starting with a Thursday evening game against the Dallas Stars.

The Sharks are coming off a fierce 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday evening. Minnesota roared back out of a 3-1 hole to tie the game up in the third frame, but the Joe Thornton-centered line consisting of Marcus Sorensen and Barclay Goodrow led the charge and gave San Jose a nice win to close out their four-game homestand.

The Stars are kicking off their own homestand after ending a six-game roadie on Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Dallas has dropped its last two decisions against CBJ and the Boston Bruins respectively, scoring just one goal in each of those games.

Thursday’s game is the first of a three-game season series between the Sharks and the Stars. San Jose went 1-2-0 in last season’s series, which concluded with being shut out by Dallas netminder Ben Bishop 6-0 on New Year’s Eve.

Another point of interest Thursday night will be Joe Thornton’s 1,500 career game. In 967 games with the Sharks, No.19 has registered 976 points (230 goals, 746 assists). He is currently sitting at 16th on the NHL all-time points leaders list with 1,430, just 27 points shy of tying Teemu Selanne.

Sharks projected lines and pairs

Evander Kane – Joe Pavelski – Joonas Donskoi
Timo Meier – Logan Couture – Kevin Labanc
Barclay Goodrow – Joe Thornton – Marcus Sorensen
Rourke Chartier – Antti Suomela – Melker Karlsson
Joakim Ryan – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Erik Karlsson
Martin Jones – projected starter
Aaron Dell

Stars projected lines and pairs

Devin Shore - Tyler Seguin - Valeri Nichushkin 
Jamie Benn - Jason Spezza – Denis Gurianov 
Blake Comeau – Radek Faksa – Tyler Pitlick 
Mattias Janmark – Jason Dickinson – Gemel Smith 
Esa Lindell – John Klingberg 
Miro Heiskanen – Roman Polak 
Dillon Heatherington – Julius Honka
Anton Khudobin – projected starter
Ben Bishop

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

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

After going 1-1-1 on home ice, the San Jose Sharks are looking to regain their recent dominance on the road as they make a stop in Pittsburgh to duke it out with the Penguins.

The Sharks are coming off a disappointing overtime loss to the Boston Bruins. San Jose rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take a third-period lead thanks to a hat trick from Joe Thornton. But after Boston tied the game up late in regulation in debatable fashion, they notched the game-winner in OT to beat the Sharks 6-5.

San Jose enters Thursday’s game with 78 points in the standings, three points behind the Calgary Flames in the Pacific Division.

The Penguins, for their part, are coming off a 4-3 road win over the New Jersey Devils, going 5-4-1 in their last 10 contests. Pittsburgh currently sits in third place in the Metropolitan between the Washington Capitals and division-leading New York Islanders.

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This is the second and final time the Sharks will face the Penguins this year, after defeating them 5-2 in San Jose on January 15. In 40 total meetings between the franchises, San Jose holds a 20-15-3-2 regular season record.

Sharks projected lines and pairs

Timo Meier – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
Evander Kane – Tomas Hertl – Joonas Donskoi 
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Kevin Labanc
Barclay Goodrow – Micheal Haley – Melker Karlsson
Radim Simek – Brent Burns 
Brenden Dillon – Justin Braun
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Erik Karlsson
Martin Jones – projected starter
Aaron Dell

Penguins projected lines and pairs

Jake Guentzel – Sidney Crosby – Bryan Rust
Zach Aston-Reese – Evgeni Malkin – Phil Kessel
Jared McCann – Nick Bjugstad – Patric Hornqvist
Tanner Pearson – Matt Cullen – Dominik Simon
Brian Dumoulin – Kris Letang
Jack Johnson – Justin Schultz
Marcus Pettersson – Chad Ruhwedel
Casey DeSmith – projected starter
Matt Murray

NHL rumors: Sharks, Ducks discussing trade for goaltender Ryan Miller

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NHL rumors: Sharks, Ducks discussing trade for goaltender Ryan Miller

The NHL trade deadline is rapidly approaching. There's already been some movement on the Sharks' front, and it appears more may be coming down the pipe.

According to John Hoven of Mayor's Manor, the Sharks and Ducks are involved in trade discussions surrounding Anaheim goaltender Ryan Miller.

The Sharks (35-17-8) possess the second-best record in the Western Conference, sitting a single point behind Calgary, but goaltending is a potential area of improvement. San Jose ranks dead-last in 5-on-5 save percentage (.897) per Natural Stat Trick, while Aaron Dell (.907) and Martin Jones (.881) rank 55th and 67th among the 68 goalies who played 500 minutes at full strength this season.

Miller has posted a 6-2-1 record with a 2.39 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in 12 games in a backup role for the Ducks this season. He's appeared in 57 career playoff games, considerably more than both Jones and Dell combined (44 games).

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The Sharks aren't exactly loaded with assets to send the other way in a potential trade, but if it costs San Jose just a third-round pick as Hoven suggests, perhaps they'd find that palatable.

In any case, it appears as if the Sharks aren't entirely comfortable with their current goaltending situation.