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Playoff Watch/Lines #46: Lehner Calls Out NHL, Boughner on Kořenář’s Improvement

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The sixth-place San Jose Sharks, surprisingly, are still four points behind Arizona for the fourth-and-final playoff spot in the West. Well, not that surprising – since April 3rd, when San Jose clawed its way to a point out, the Sharks are 1-6-1, the fifth-place Blues are 3-3-0, and the Coyotes are 3-6-0. The Indy 500, this ain’t. Arizona hosts Minnesota this evening, while St. Louis is idle.

San Jose Sharks (18-22-5)

Vegas Golden Knights (32-11-2)

Where to Watch

Puck drop is 6:30 PM PT at T-Mobile Arena. Watch it on NBC Sports Network, AT&T Sportsnet, or NHL.tv.

Morning Skate

Josef Korenar will get the first road start of his NHL career tonight.

“We said we wanted to put him in some games, give him a road start,” San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner said. “It’s gonna be a good test for our whole team and Josef himself.”

For what it’s worth, Boughner saw a lot of improvement in Korenar during Saturday’s relief appearance in Minnesota, compared to the rookie’s first NHL start against Anaheim on Apr. 14. Korenar stopped all four shots that he faced after coming in for Martin Jones versus the Wild; he stopped 23 of 27 in the 4-1 loss to the Ducks.

“I thought it was real good. I thought that he made the saves that he had to make,” Boughner said on Saturday. “I thought he moved well and played well. If I just took a snapshot of that one period he just played, I think it’s much better than the game he just came out, his first [start]. I see probably his nerves are a lot better and he’s playing more himself.”

The San Jose Sharks would probably like to see Matt Nieto moving well again. Nieto has been sidelined for over a month with an unspecified lower-body injury.

Will the winger even return this season? Nieto is, per Boughner, skating in San Jose, with an outside shot of playing next week. But it sounds like a really outside shot.

Boughner admitted: “It might be a marginal call whether he goes back in or not [this season].”

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