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Game Preview/Lines #24: Hertl Will Play, Meier “Probable”, Balcers “Nicked Up”



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ANAHEIM, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks have a bunch of question marks going into tonight.

Will Tomas Hertl play? Bob Boughner says “yes.” Will Timo Meier play?  Boughner said “very probable.” Will Rudolfs Balcers play?

Wait, Balcers is hurt?

As San Jose Hockey Now reported yesterday, it was peculiar that Balcers was the only San Jose Sharks player given a maintenance day in an otherwise full practice:

I’m on the Road Again, New Sharks Lines in Anaheim?

Now we know why. Boughner said Balcers was “a little nicked up, lower-body”.

In his place, Fredrik Handemark might draw in:

Speaking of questions, Doug Wilson addressed the media today in a wide-ranging chat.

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These are Anaheim’s lines from their last game, a 5-1 loss to Los Angeles:

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