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Playoff Watch/Lines #45: New Lines on Marleau’s Big Night?



LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The sixth-place San Jose Sharks are five points behind Arizona for the fourth and final playoff spot in the West. The Coyotes host the Wild tonight. Meanwhile, the fifth-place Blues are idle.

San Jose Sharks (18-22-4)

It was interesting to see what San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner would do with his lines after dropping both Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier to the fourth line on Saturday night. Here’s what San Jose Hockey Now saw at morning skate:



Vegas Golden Knights (31-11-2)

Reilly Smith is a game-time decision, per Vegas media reports this morning. This was the Golden Knights’ line-up yesterday afternoon — presume Robin Lehner will draw the start tonight:

Morning Skate

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timorous me

Hey Sheng, I’d be curious to know what you think of the way Donato has been used for some time now, having his PT limited and often on the fourth line. Has his “attention to detail” and such been bad enough to deserve this? It feels like he’s the kind of player who would benefit from playing with more skilled linemates, but we’re also seeing what feels like a repeat of his time in Minnesota.


The other thing is what are we gonna do with him contract wise after this season, he is an RFA but he’s coming off a 1.9M AAV contract. Do we really wanna qualify him at that amount for a 4th line player with upside?

david barnard

his qualifier would actually be 2.15M

david barnard

he’s the new Donskoi. 3rd liner w/PP upside whose easily knocked off pucks. i wouldn’t pay him more than what his qualifier is if they want to keep him.

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