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

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

After sweeping a four-game homestand, the Sharks look to extend their winning streak to five games as they travel to the State of Hockey to face off with a potential playoff opponent, the Minnesota Wild.

San Jose is coming off a gutsy overtime win over the St. Louis Blues over the weekend. The victory boosted San Jose into first place in both the Pacific Division and Western Conference for a day, before the Calgary Flames beat the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday to retain a one-point advantage in the standings. 

The Wild currently occupy the second wild card spot in the conference standings with 74 points, sitting just one point behind the Dallas Stars for the first wild card spot and five points behind the St. Louis Blues in the Central Division. Minnesota has gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 contests.

San Jose will be without Erik Karlsson (lower-body injury) and Evander Kane (personal matter) on Monday. The Wild continue to play without captain Mikko Koivu, who is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL and meniscus.

This is the third time the Sharks and Wild have played each other this season, and San Jose has won each of the previous meetings. In 64 total games between the franchises, San Jose holds a 34-20-2-8 record.

Sharks projected lines and pairs:

Timo Meier – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
Joonas Donskoi – Tomas Hertl – Gustav Nyquist
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Kevin Labanc
Micheal Haley – Barclay Goodrow – Melker Karlsson

Radim Simek – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Tim Heed
Brenden Dillon – Justin Braun

Martin Jones – confirmed starter
Aaron Dell

[RELATED: How DeBoer made two Sharks fans' day on team's day off]

Wild projected lines and pairs:

Jordan Greenway – Eric Staal – Jason Zucker
Zach Parise – Victor Rask – Kevin Fiala
Ryan Donato – Joel Eriksson Ek – Pontus Aberg
Marcus Foligno – Eric Fehr – J.T. Brown

Ryan Suter – Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin – Brad Hunt
Greg Pateryn – Anthony Bitetto

Devan Dubnyk – projected starter
Alex Stalock

Sharks vs Blues Game 5 watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs

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Sharks vs Blues Game 5 watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs

SAN JOSE – After splitting the first four games of their best-of-seven series, the Sharks return home for a Sunday matinee against the Blues in Game 5 of the Western Conference final. 

After tallying a controversial overtime win in Game 3, Team Teal got into an early two-goal hole in Game 4 and was unable to bounce back, falling 2-1. Tomas Hertl tallied the Sharks' lone goal on the evening during a third-period power play, while Martin Jones made 20 saves.

The Sharks are 18-18 all-time in Game 5 situations and 12-6 at SAP Center.

Here are both teams’ projected lines and defensive pairings.

Sharks projected lines and pairs

Timo Meier - Logan Couture - Gustav Nyquist
Evander Kane - Tomas Hertl - Joe Pavelski
Melker Karlsson - Joe Thornton - Kevin Labanc
Marcus Sorensen - Barclay Goodrow - Joonas Donskoi

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

Martin Jones - projected starter
Aaron Dell

[RELATED: No injury update on Karlsson]

Blues projected lines and pairs

Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Sammy Blais - Ryan O'Reilly - David Perron
Patrick Maroon - Tyler Bozak - Robert Thomas
Ivan Barbashev - Oskar Sundqvist - Alex Steen

Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson – Robert Bortuzzo

Jordan Binnington - projected starter
Jake Allen

Sharks vs. Blues live stream: How to watch NHL playoffs Game 5 online

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Sharks vs. Blues live stream: How to watch NHL playoffs Game 5 online

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. The Sharks have scored 14 goals to St. Louis' 13.

The Sharks are 18-18 all-time in Game 5 situations and 12-6 at SAP Center.

[RELATED: No Karlsson injury update ahead of Sharks-Blues Game 5]

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 appfuboTV -- Try a free trial (MyTeams by NBC Sports app for pregame/postgame)