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

The Sharks have one more chance to get in the win column on this road trip, Tuesday evening in D.C. against the Washington Capitals.

San Jose is coming off its third straight loss, a 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Florida Panthers. The team has given up six goals in three straight games for the first time since February 1997, per Elias Sports.

The Caps haven't fared much better, coming into Tuesday's contest having dropped five games in a row. The defending Stanley Cup champions held a players-only meeting on Monday following their 8-5 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

This is the first time the Sharks and Capitals have met up this season.

Through 41 total franchise meetings, San Jose holds a 27-11-1-2 record.

The Sharks traveled from Florida to the nation's capital ahead of Tuesday's game, while the Capitals held an optional skate.

Line combinations may vary at the start of Tuesday's game.

Sharks projected lines and pairs:

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

Radim Simek – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Tim Heed

Martin Jones – projected starter
Aaron Dell

Capitals projected lines and pairs:

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom – T.J. Oshie 
Jakub Vrana – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Tom Wilson 
Dmitrij Jaskin – Lars Eller – Brett Connolly 
Chandler Stephenson – Travis Boyd – Andre Burakovsky

Dmitri Orlov – John Carlson
Michal Kempny – Matt Niskanen
Jonas Siegenthaler – Brooks Orpik

Braden Holtby – projected starter
Pheonix Copley

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