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NHL Gameday: Sharks Conclude Road Trip in Arizona Without Hertl

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    NEWSLETTERS

    NHL Gameday: Sharks Conclude Road Trip in Arizona Without Hertl
    Kevin Kurz
    NHL Gameday: Sharks conclude road trip in Arizona without Hertl

    Programming note – Sharks-Coyotes coverage starts today at 4:30 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on CSN California

    WHERE THEY STAND

    Sharks: 9-8-0, 18 points, 3rd Pacific Division
    Coyotes: 5-9-2, 12 points, 7th Pacific Division

    PREGAME NEWS AND NOTES

    ***The Sharks conclude their longest road trip of the season tonight. They started off with three straight wins, but have since lost back-to-back games in Carolina and St. Louis. A victory tonight would still give them a very respectable 4-2 mark on the trip before they open a five-game homestand on Monday with New Jersey.

    ***Tomas Hertl will miss Saturday’s game, and perhaps more, depending on the results of his MRI. Hertl flew back to San Jose on Friday after he was hurt in St. Louis, and his long-term prognosis is still unknown. Melker Karlsson could return shortly after missing the last two games from blocking a shot, but considering he didn’t practice on Friday, he's probably unlikely to play tonight. Micheal Haley is the other extra forward who will likely take Hertl’s spot.

    ***Arizona brings a four-game losing streak into the game (0-2-2), including back-to-back overtime defeats in Calgary and Vancouver. They Coyotes have the fewest points in the NHL (12) and the worst winning percentage (.375).

    ***Mike Smith is expected to start in goal for Arizona. He’s 10-7-2 against San Jose in his career, and his four shutouts and .943 save percentage are his highest marks against any NHL club. He will likely face Martin Jones, but that is not yet confirmed.

    KEEP AN EYE ON...

    Sharks: Patrick Marleau. Tomas Hertl’s absence could mean a return to third line center for Marleau, who has an underwhelming four goals and one assist in 17 games. Marleau was bumped off of the struggling top power play unit late in the Blues game, too, and it’s unclear if he’ll be back with that group against the Coyotes. 

    Coyotes: Jamie McGinn. The former Sharks forward scored the game-winner in the first meeting between the two clubs on Nov. 1. He has six points (3g, 3a) in 11 games in his first season in Arizona after signing a three-year, $10 million contract in the offseason.

    PROBABLE LINES

    Sharks
    Joe Pavelski – Joe Thornton – Kevin Labanc
    Joonas Donskoi – Logan Couture – Joel Ward
    Mikkel Boedker – Patrick Marleau – Tommy Wingels
    Micheal Haley – Chris Tierney – Matt Nieto

    Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
    Paul Martin – Brent Burns
    Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko

    Martin Jones
    Aaron Dell

    Coyotes
    Max Domi – Martin Hanzal – Radim Vrbata
    Tobias Rieder – Dylan Strome – Anthony Duclair
    Jamie McGinn – Jordan Martinook – Shane Doan
    Lawson Crouse – Laurent Dauphin – Ryan White

    Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Michael Stone
    Alex Goligoski – Anthony DeAngelo
    Jakob Cyychrun – Luke Schenn

    Mike Smith
    Louis Domingue

    INJURIES

    Sharks: Melker Karlsson (left foot/ankle area) is doubtful. Tomas Hertl (lower body) is out.

    Coyotes: Tobias Rieder (lower body) and Brad Richardson (broken tibia and fibula) are out.

    QUOTEABLE

    “There’s definitely a little bit of a void there, but next guy has to come in and step up and do the job.” – Joe Pavelski on missing Tomas Hertl, who was injured on Thursday in St. Louis