Sharks Vs. Canadiens Watch Guide: Projected Lines and Defensive Pairs

The Sharks have one more opportunity to get in the win column on this five-game road trip as they make a Sunday stop in Montreal to face the Canadiens before heading home to SAP Center.

The team suffered a 6-2 loss to the Senators on Saturday in Erik Karlsson's first game back in Ottawa since being traded to the Sharks back in September. After the loss -- San Jose's fourth in a row -- EK65 said righting the ship was going to be tough, "but we're going to do everything we can to figure that out."

[RELATED: Ottawa gives video tribute to Karlsson]

The Habs certainly know what the Sharks are going through, having lost five consecutive contests before managing a win over the New York Rangers on Saturday. Montreal is 1-2-0 on its current homestand, which concludes Tuesday with a game against those same Senators who beat San Jose.

This is the first of two meetings this season between the Sharks and the Habs. In 38 total meetings, San Jose is 19-14-4-1 over Montreal.

The Sharks will be without dynamic forward Timo Meier for a third consecutive game because of an undisclosed injury. On the defensive end, Radim Simek will make his NHL debut, skating with Brent Burns in place of Joakim Ryan.

Sharks projected lines and pairs

Evander Kane – Joe Pavelski – Joonas Donskoi
Tomas Hertl – Logan Couture – Kevin Labanc
Barclay Goodrow – Joe Thornton – Marcus Sorensen
Lukas Radil – Antti Suomela – Melker Karlsson

Radim Simek – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Erik Karlsson

Martin Jones – projected starter
Aaron Dell

Canadiens projected lines and pairs

Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin – Max Domi – Andrew Shaw
Paul Byron – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Artturi Lehkonen
Kenny Agostino – Michael Chaput – Nicolas Delauriers

Brett Kulak – Shea Weber
David Schlemko – Jeff Petry
Mike Reilly – Jordie Benn

Carey Price - Confirmed starter
Antti Niemi

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