Sharks Back Home to Face Blues in Pivotal Game 5

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.

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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

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

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