The San Jose Sharks have battled through their fair share of adversity in this first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But the stakes will be even higher on Tuesday night when they take the ice down a few starters in Game 4 against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Team Teal will be without Joe Thornton, who is serving a one-game suspension for an illegal check to the head made on Tomas Nosek in Game 3. They will also be without fourth-line enforcer Micheal Haley, who was hurt blocking a shot in Game 3. Joonas Donskoi and Lukas Radil will pencil into the lineup to fill in the gaps on offense.
The Sharks will also be without defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic for the second straight game after he left in the middle of Game 2 following a blocked shot. Tim Heed will take his place for the second game in a row.
Sharks projected lines and pairs:
Evander Kane – Tomas Hertl – Joonas Donskoi
Timo Meier – Logan Couture – Kevin Labanc
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Pavelski – Gustav Nyquist
Lukas Radil – Barclay Goodrow – Melker Karlsson
Joakim Ryan – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Erik Karlsson
Tim Heed – Justin Braun
Martin Jones – projected starter
Golden Knights projected lines and pairs:
Jonathan Marchessault – William Karlsson – Reilly Smith
Max Pacioretty – Paul Stastny – Mark Stone
Tomas Nosek – Cody Eakin – Alex Tuch
Will Carrier – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – Ryan Reaves
Nate Schmidt – Deryk Engelland
Brayden McNabb – Shea Theodore
Jon Merrill – Colin Miller
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Marc-Andre Fleury – projected starter