Sharks Vs. Avalanche Watch Guide: Projected Lines, Pairings for Game 5

SAN JOSE -- The Sharks and Colorado Avalanche are knotted at two games apiece in their Stanley Cup playoff second-round series. But Team Teal has a chance to pull back ahead of the competition Saturday night as the series returns to the South Bay for Game 5.

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Forward Joonas Donskoi is a game-time decision for San Jose after missing the last five playoff games with an unspecified injury. If he returns to the lineup, he possibly will slot back onto Tomas Hertl's wing opposite of Evander Kane.

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski remains out of the lineup as he recovers from an injury he sustained in Game 7 against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Heading into Saturday's game, San Jose is 17-18 in Game 5 situations and 11-6 during that span when playing at the Tank.

Here are the projected lines and defensive pairings for both teams.

Sharks projected lines and pairs

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

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

Martin Jones -- projected starter
Aaron Dell

Avalanche projected lines and pairs

Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Alexander Kerfoot
Colin Wilson -- Carl Soderberg -- Mikko Rantanen
Derick Brassard -- JT Compher -- Matt Nieto
Sven Andrighetto -- Tyson Jost -- Gabriel Bourque

Ian Cole -- Erik Johnson
Sam Girard -- Cale Makar
Nikita Zadorov -- Tyson Barrie

Philipp Grubauer -- projected starter
Semyon Varlamov

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