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
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
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