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Preview/Lines #72: Quinn Makes His Calder Pick, Barabanov Injury Update



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There’s no doubt in David Quinn’s mind who should win the Calder Trophy.

In one corner, there’s defenseman Brock Faber, who leads a 34-28-9 Minnesota Wild side with 25:05 minutes played a night, adding seven goals and 33 assists in 71 games on top of his heavy defensive responsibilities.

In the other corner, there’s phenom Connor Bedard, who has averaged a point per game for the last-place Chicago Blackhawks. The 18-year-old centerman has 21 goals and 35 assists in just 58 games.

“I think Brock Faber should win the Rookie of the Year award,” the San Jose Sharks bench boss said.

San Jose Sharks (16-47-8)

Mackenzie Blackwood will start.

Alexander Barabanov did not travel with the team. He’s out with a week-to-week lower-body injury from blocking a shot around his left foot.

Quinn didn’t rule out Barabanov’s return this season.

Kevin Labanc and Mike Hoffman will slide into the line-up, and Jacob MacDonald will sit out. This will be Hoffman’s first game since Mar. 9, when he suffered a concussion from a bad Brady Tkachuk hit.

Quinn did state that the Sharks will have a new second line tonight featuring Luke Kunin, William Eklund, and Justin Bailey.

Minnesota Wild (34-28-9)

Where to Watch

Puck drop between the San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild is 5 PM at Xcel Energy Center. Watch it live on NBC Sports California. Listen to it on the Sharks Audio Network.

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