Last night was a messy road game for the San Jose Sharks, who struggled to shoot the puck and took too many penalties against the Arizona Coyotes. The 5-2 loss stings, but not as much as the possibility that Radim Simek may be injured again. The defender will be a game-time decision, after being boarded by Coyotes forward Nick Schmaltz in the third period last night. Schmaltz was fined $5,000 for the hit this morning.
If Simek doesn’t play tonight, Christian Jaros will take his spot on the third defensive pairing.
The Coyotes will start Adin Hill in net again. Hill made 20 saves on 22 shots last night.
Here’s everything you need to know to tune in:
SAN JOSE SHARKS
Evander Kane — Logan Couture — Kevin Labanc
Patrick Marleau — Tomas Hertl — Timo Meier
Rudolfs Balcers — Dylan Gambrell — Kurtis Gabriel
John Leonard — Ryan Donato — Antti Suomela
Mario Ferraro — Brent Burns
Nikolai Knyzhov — Erik Karlsson
Radim Simek — Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Expected Scratches: Christian Jaros, Marcus Sorensen
Injured Reserve: Matt Nieto (lower body)
Clayton Keller — Johan Larsson — Phil Kessel
Christian Fischer — Christian Dvorak — Conor Garland
Dryden Hunt — Derick Brassard — Lawson Crouse
Drake Caggiula — Nick Schmaltz — John Hayden
Jakob Chychrun — Alex Goligoski
Oliver Ekman-Larsson — Ilya Lyubushkin
Jordan Oesterle — Jason Demers
Expected Scratches: Michael Chaput
Injured Reserve: Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body), Darcy Kuemper (lower body), Tyler Pitlick (lower body), Antti Raanta (lower body)
How to Watch
Puck drop is at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on NBC Sports Bay Area and Fox Sports Arizona, as well as available to stream through NHL.tv (blackout restrictions apply).
Follow along in the comments for live updates and reactions throughout the game!