San Jose Sharks Attempt to Bounce Back Without Their Captain in Game 3

SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 28: Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks clears the puck from the face-off against Carl Soderberg #34 of the Colorado Avalanche in Game Two of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on April 28, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 28: Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks clears the puck from the face-off against Carl Soderberg #34 of the Colorado Avalanche in Game Two of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on April 28, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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The San Jose Sharks head to Denver hoping to bounce back in Game 3 after surrendering home ice advantage Sunday Evening in Game 2.

Team Teal will be without their captain Joe Pavelski for Games 3 and 4. The team announced that he and winger Joonas Donskoi did not make the trip to Denver.  Yet again the San Jose Sharks depth will get tested against this potent Colorado Avalanche offensive attack.

The final score of Game 2 made the contest seem closer than it actually played out. For much of the game the Sharks seemed gassed, lagging behind the speedy Colorado skaters. Martin Jones had a tough time filtering through the traffic in front of the net. The Avs were able to generate tons of dangerous looks at the 29-year-old netminder who played well despite giving up 4 goals.

Most of the scoring chances created by the Avalanche stemmed from the play of their best players. Fans should anticipate seeing tons of Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen, and Tyson Barrie tonight considering all 4 of them clocked in over 22:37 of ice time in Game 2. It will be interesting to see if Coach Pete DeBoer makes any adjustments to his game plan of matching them against the Vlasic/Burns pairing if things get out hand early in Game 3.

Brent Burns has played well in his newfound shutdown role, but it’s on the offensive end of the ice where he’s been dominate. Brent Burns continues his string of elite Stanley Cup Playoff performances for the San Jose Sharks. He’s put up 8 primary points in his past 3 games, while logging huge minutes in crucial situations. It’s hard to imagine this being possible but Team Teal needs to get Burns involved in the offense more considering how effective he’s been during the first contests of Round 2.

The Norris Trophy Nominated blueliner has had the most impact when he’s gotten involved near the high slot and by the dots. Overall the Sharks need to focus on generating offense closer to Philipp Grubauer, instead of relying heavily on shots from the point.

Early today the Sharks announced that Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi didn’t make the trip to Denver. Gustav Nyquist’s wife Danielle gave birth recently, but will present for Game 3. These lineups are fluid until puck drop and things can change, but here’s who to expect on the ice in Game 3 for both teams.

San Jose Sharks

Forward Combinations

Timo Meier ~ Logan Couture ~ Gus Nyquist

Evander Kane ~ Tomas Hertl ~ Lukas Radil

Marcus Sorensen~ Joe Thornton ~ Kevin Labanc

Micheal Haley ~ Barclay Goodrow  ~ Melker Karlsson

Defensive Pairings

Marc-Edouard Vlasic ~ Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon ~ Erik Karlsson

Joakim Ryan ~ Justin Braun

Goalie

Projected Starter ~ Martin Jones

Backup ~ Aaron Dell

Colorado Avalanche

Forward Combinations

Gabriel Landeskog~ Nathan MacKinnon ~ Alexander Kerfoot

Mikko Rantanen ~ Carl Soderberg ~ Colin Wilson

Derick Brassard ~ JT Compher ~ Matt Nieto

Sven Andrighetto ~ Tyson Jost  ~ Gabriel Bourque

Defensive Pairings

Ian Cole ~ Erik Johnson

Nikita Zadorov ~ Tyson Barrie

Cale Makar ~ Samuel Girard

Goalie

Projected Starter ~ Philipp Grubauer

Backup ~ Semyon Varlamov

Hot. Martin Jones is the Key to the San Jose Sharks Success. light

The San Jose Sharks are looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss in Game 2. Team Teal should be better prepared for this one considering they’ve gotten a week of separation from the 7 Game gauntlet versus the Vegas Golden Knights.

Puck drop for tonight’s game at the SAP Center is at 7:00 PM PT. The game will be televised nationally on NBCSN. The audio can be streamed on the NHL and Sharks App courtesy of 98.5 KFOX.