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Playoff Watch/Lines #41: Marleau, Nieto Stay in San Jose

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The sixth-place San Jose Sharks are four points behind fourth-place St. Louis in the West. The Sharks do have a game in hand. Fifth-place Arizona, just one point behind the Blues, is in Colorado tonight. St. Louis is idle.

San Jose Sharks (18-18-4)

Anaheim Ducks (12-23-7)

This was Anaheim’s line-up last night. They’ve sent out Jani Hakanpaa and Ben Hutton, so their defense figures to look very different tonight.

Where to Watch

Puck drop is 7:30 PM PT at SAP Center. Watch it on NBC Sports California, KCOP, Bally Sports West Plus, or NHL.tv.

Morning Skate

Patrick Marleau, Marcus Sorensen, Kurtis Gabriel, and Matt Nieto are still with the San Jose Sharks.

As San Jose Hockey Now learned a couple days ago, it was a cold market for Marleau and Sorensen.

Kevin Kurz of The Athletic added that Marleau was interested only in going to a true Cup contender, which surely further chilled his market. Marleau isn’t the player that he was last year – the San Jose Sharks legend drew a third-round pick during the last Trade Deadline – so it’s not a surprise that the league’s deepest teams passed.

The good news?

That would be Gordie Howe’s All-Time Games Played record: Marleau is scheduled to break it on Apr. 19 in Las Vegas.

As for Gabriel and Nieto, there’s no exact reason apparent as to why neither moved.

Teams, however, might have been scared off by a lingering lower-body injury that’s sidelined Nieto for a couple weeks and running.

Doug Wilson noted that Nieto is skating again: “We expect him to be back playing the next couple of weeks. He’s played very well for us this year.

“We’ll be glad when he gets back in the lineup. His speed, his PK ability is really something that I think we’ve benefited from. We’ve missed him as a player. It will be good when he’s back healthy.”

If you want to look on the bright side, if the San Jose Sharks are still in the playoff picture in a couple weeks, Nieto could be seen as a very strong Trade Deadline “addition”.

Around the NHL

The biggest Trade Deadline deals – Taylor Hall, Nick Foligno, and David Savard – all dropped yesterday. Detroit trading Anthony Mantha to Washington for Jakub Vrana ended up being today’s big blockbuster.

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Vegas Golden Knights Add Center Depth with Mattias Janmark

Penguins Trade: Jeff Carter to Penguins for Picks; Full Analysis

NHL Trade Deadline: Florida Panthers acquire Sam Bennett from Calgary Flames

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Scott Laughton signs five-year contract extension with Flyers

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Alaskan_ice

This is our team. DW did a very nice job, getting picks and moving some contracts out. We’re going to have some wiggle room in the off season.

Go Sharks!!

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