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San Jose Sharks vs Colorado Avalanche: Game 7 Preview, Headlines and Projected Lineups

Series: Series Tied 3-3

Location: SAP Center

Time: 9:00 p.m. ET; (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)

Overview:

The San Jose Sharks will host their second Game 7 matchup this postseason on Wednesday night at SAP Center. Both teams played each other in Game 7 in 2002, with Colorado winning 1-0. So far this series both teams failed to win consecutive games. The winner of this matchup will face the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Final.

Sharks Notes, Headline, and Lineup

This is a familiar situation for San Jose after beating the Vegas Golden Knights in an incredible 5-4 overtime win in the first round.  San Jose is 7-4 all-time in Game 7. With their head coach, Peter DeBoer, they are 3-0 in Game 7. When it comes to experience in Game 7s, the Sharks have the upper hand. The whole team played 55 career Game 7s heading into the game.

In Game 6, Brent Burns scored one goal and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored twice. The defensemen have been helping the Sharks stay on the scoresheet. The Avalanche will be putting pressure on the Sharks top defenseman to limit their scoring chances on goaltender Philipp Grubauer.

Pavelski Potential Return?

Captain Joe Pavelski took part in the morning skate. He is a game-time decision. He had missed the last six games due to an undisclosed injury he suffered from Game 7 against the Vegas Golden Knights. In seven Stanley Cup Playoff games, he scored four points (two goals, two assists)

Sharks projected lineup

Forwards

Timo MeierLogan CoutureGustav Nyquist

Evander Kane — Tomas Hertl — Joonas Donskoi

Marcus Sorensen — Joe Thornton — Kevin Labanc

Micheal HaleyBarclay GoodrowMelker Karlsson

Defense

Marc-Edouard Vlasic — Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon — Erik Karlsson

Joakim Ryan — Justin Braun

Starting Goalie

Martin Jones

Avalanche Notes, Headline, and Lineup

Colorado is 4-6 all-time in Game 7. The pressure is on Colorado as they face a loud SAP Center crowd. They avoided elimination in Game 6 with 4-3 overtime at Pepsi Arena. Captain, Gabriel Landeskog scored the overtime winner to force Game 7. Game 7 will be a huge test for this young team. It will also be the first Game 7 for head coach Jared Bednar. According to multiple reports, the Avalanche will roll with seven defensemen tonight. Forward Matt Calvert will miss his second consecutive game with an undisclosed injury.

Top Line Production

Colorado top line struggled in Game 6. Even though Landeskog scored the game-winning goal, both Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen failed to score a point. Another thing is MacKinnon and Rantanen were minus-9 in the whole game. In all three losses, they only combined for three total points (one goal, two assists). With the three wins, they scored nine points (four goals, five assists). There is no doubt that the top line will be the X factor for Colorado. If they want to win this game, that line needs to be the difference maker.

Avalanche projected lineup

Forwards

Gabriel Landeskog — Nathan MacKinnon — Mikko Rantanen

Colin Wilson — Tyson Jost — Alexander Kerfoot

Matt NietoCarl SoderbergJ.T. Compher

Gabriel Bourque — Derick Brassard

Defense

Samuel Girard — Cale Makar

Nikita Zadorov — Tyson Barrie

Ian Cole — Erik Johnson

Patrik Nemeth

Starting Goalie

Philipp Grubauer

 

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