It’s officially Sasha Szn, as Alexander Chmelevski will make his NHL debut on the San Jose Sharks’ fourth line tonight when the team faces the Colorado Avalanche for the second game of their two-game series. Rookie John Leonard will be serving as a healthy scratch — though having his first professional season after a college hockey stint being this compressed, it’s not necessarily a bad thing to give the kid a night off.
When these team met on Tuesday, the Avalanche put up seven goals on the Sharks, who swapped out Martin Jones for Devan Dubnyk after goal number five. Dubnyk will get the start in net tonight.
Here’s everything you need to know to tune in tonight:
SAN JOSE SHARKS
Ryan Donato — Logan Couture — Kevin Labanc
Timo Meier — Tomas Hertl — Evander Kane
Noah Gregor — Dylan Gambrell — Matt Nieto
Patrick Marleau — Alexander Chmelevski — Stefan Noesen
Marc-Edouard Vlasic — Brent Burns
Mario Ferraro — Erik Karlsson
Nikolai Knyzhov — Radim Simek
Expected Scratches: Fredrik Handemark, John Leonard, Marcus Sorensen
Injured Reserve: None
Gabriel Landeskog — Nathan MacKinnon — Mikko Rantanen
Brandon Saad — Nazem Kadri — Andre Burakovsky
Valeri Nichushkin — J.T. Compher — Joonas Donskoi
Tyson Jost — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — Kiefer Sherwood
Devon Toews — Cale Makar
Bowen Byram — Samuel Girard
Ryan Graves — Erik Johnson
Expected Scratches: None
Injured Reserve: Matt Calvert (upper body), Pavel Francouz (lower body)
How to Watch
Puck drop is at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on Altitude and NBC Sports Bay Area and is available to stream through NHL.tv.
Follow along in the comments for live updates and reactions throughout the game!