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Preview/Lines #54: Hertl Says He, Meier Need to Score More



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It’s no surprise that Timo Meier and Tomáš Hertl, one-two on the San Jose Sharks in goals and points, bear the most expectations on the team when it comes to scoring. However, as of late, both have struggled to find consistent scoring at 5-on-5.

In fact, they finally won their first game without Timo or Tommy scoring a point on Sunday.

This morning, Hertl discussed his role on the team, specifically mentioning that he is used in many different situations: “It’s always tough because you want to help your team, you know, and score goals. I think my game is all places. I play a lot of important faceoffs and PKs, but you know, the goals are always expected more than this stuff.”

Hertl went on to mention that as long as skaters are getting chances, it’s a positive sign of life for the team. Hertl has been slumping recently, his last goal 10 games ago in Florida. In fact, he did not score a goal in eight February contests — the last time that Hertl failed to score a goal in a month where he played more than five games was Mar. 2017.

But like he said, he’s been getting his chances — he mentioned specifically Jeremy Swayman’s incredible save against him on Saturday.

“When you don’t have chances, that’s when you should look at our game and ask what is happening,” the veteran noted. “When chances are coming, you’re making something happen, and you should score. It’s just a matter of time, so just stay with it.”

Between Hertl and Meier, they have registered 61 shots on goal at 5-on-5 between them since Jan. 17’s game against the Kings per Natural Stat Trick. However, in the 13 games following Meier’s five-goal outburst, the duo has contributed just two goals and four points between them at 5-on-5. So Hertl and Meier haven’t scored a 5v5 goal between them since Hertl last scored on Jan. 29. Meier has potted four power play markers in this period.

“Timo and me, [the Sharks are] expecting a lot, and I know lately that we haven’t scored many goals, especially at 5-on-5. So we have to get better, help the team, and score a couple more.”


How the team lined up on Sunday — James Reimer should make his 13th straight start:


This is how Vegas Hockey Now projects the lines:

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Puck drop between the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights is at 7:00 PM PT at T-Mobile Arena. Watch it live on NBC Sports California and AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain. Listen to it on the Sharks Audio Network.


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