Golden Knights Gameday
Golden Knights Gameday 75: Clinching Time?: Lines and Starting Goalies vs Sharks
The Vegas Golden Knights (46-22-6-98 points) can reach the 100-point mark tonight with a win over the San Jose Sharks (20-39-15, 55 points) and als…
The Vegas Golden Knights (46-22-6-98 points) can reach the 100-point mark tonight with a win over the San Jose Sharks (20-39-15, 55 points) and also clinch a playoff spot if certain scenarios occur. The VGK can clinch their fifth trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they win against the Sharks, see the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators in regulation, or if they get a point against the Sharks and the Predators/Penguins game goes to OT.
Shea Theodore, who left the team's last game against the Edmonton Oilers, will not be available and is now considered day-to-day. Either Ben Hutton or Brayden Pachal will replace him in the lineup. Laurent Brossoit is the confirmed starter.
What to Watch For
Get it Done
After last season, getting full confirmation of making the playoff is something the Golden Knights need. Regardless of the Penguins/Predators outcome, the VGK will be motivated to clinch a playoff spot so that they can move on to their next goal, winning the division and securing home-ice advantage.
The Golden Knights have a 20-2-4 all-time against the Sharks and should help their chances on getting Connor Bedard tonight.
Life Without Shea
The Golden Knights will be without one of their top defensemen, Shea Theodore, who has four points in his last five games. The Golden Knights have proven to be an elite team when they have a fully-health defensive corps but will have to adjust without one of their key pieces tonight against the Sharks.
On the Sharks' defense, they possess the runaway favorite for the Norris Trophy, as Erik Karlsson has nearly 100 points this season. This year has been a bit of a career resurgence for the Swedish defenseman as he's 10th in the league in points, 21 spots ahead of the next D-man (Quinn Hughes).
All Eyes on G
After Jonathan Quick was pulled in the Golden Knight's spanking by the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, Laurent Brossoit will tend the goal Thursday. The Golden Knight's goaltending situation remains a fascinating one and the play of LB will be something to keep an eye on tonight as a result.
Projected Golden Knights Line Combinations
Ivan Barbashev- Jack Eichel- Jonathan Marchessault
Pavel Dorofeyev- William Karlsson- Michael Amadio
Chandler Stephenson- Nicolas Roy- Phil Kessel
Brett Howden- Teddy Blueger- Keegan Kolesar
Alec Martinez- Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb- Ben Hutton
Nicolas Hague- Zach Whitecloud
Laurent Brossoit/Jonathan Quick
Golden Knights Special Teams
PP1: Eichel, Roy, Stephenson, Barbashev, Pietrangelo
PP2: Marchessault, Karlsson, Dorofeyev, Kessel, Hutton
PK1: Karlsson, Blueger, McNabb, Pietrangelo
PK2: Stephenson, Howden, Whitecloud, Martinez
Nolan Patrick, Robin Lehner/Mark Stone (c), Will Carrier, Adin Hill, Reilly Smith, Logan Thompson, Shea Theodore/Paul Cotter, Brayden Pachal
Projected Sharks Line Combinations
Andrew Agozzino- Logan Couture (c)- Fabian Zetterlind
Jacob Peterson- Tomas Hertl- Martin Kaut
Noah Gregor- Nico Sturm- Kevin Labanc
Oskar Lindblom- Steven Lorentz- Jeffrey Viel
Marc-Edouard Vlasic- Erik Karlsson
Mario Ferraro- Matt Benning
Radim Simek- Jacob MacDonald
James Reimer/Kaapo Kahkonen
Sharks Special Teams
PP1- Hertl, Couture, Kaut, Karlsson, Agozzino
PP2- Peterson, Gregor, Zetterlund, Benning, MacDonald
PK1- Couture, Sturm, Vlasic, Ferraro
PK2- Lorentz, Lindblom, Simek, Benning
Markus Nutivaara, Luke Kunin, Jonah Gadjovich, Evgeny Svechnikov, Alexander Barabanov/ Andreas Johnsson, Henry Thrun
How to Watch/Listen
7:30 p.m. on AT&T Sportsnet, ESPN+ and Fox Sports 98.9 FM Radio.