SHARKS (19-21-4) at BLUES (26-10-7)
8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, NBCSCA, NHL.TV
The San Jose Sharks will play the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center for the first time since the 2019 Western Conference Final on Tuesday.
The Blues eliminated the Sharks with a 5-1 win in Game 6 on May 21.
St. Louis is looking to start a season-long five-game homestand with its first win in four games. The Blues went 0-2-1 during a three-game road trip and were outscored 15-8. That includes a 5-4 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday that saw them blow a 3-0 first-period lead.
The Sharks are 3-1-1 in their past five games and will play the finale of a five-game road trip.
Players to watch
Sharks center Joe Thornton has six points (one goal, five assists) in the past six games. He'll play his 1,611th NHL game, one behind Ray Bourque for 11th in NHL history.
Blues center Ryan O'Reilly has nine points (one goal, eight assists) during a seven-game point streak at home.
They said it
"When you watch the games, it's the commitment to the defending. I think that we're defending harder." -- Sharks coach Bob Boughner
"Of course very excited. It's the moment I've been waiting for like so long. I've done a lot of work for this opportunity. I'm excited." -- Blues defenseman Niko Mikkola on making his NHL debut
Sharks projected lineup
Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Patrick Marleau
Evander Kane -- Barclay Goodrow -- Timo Meier
Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Kevin Labanc
Melker Karlsson -- Joel Kellman -- Stefan Noesen
Brenden Dillon -- Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Erik Karlsson
Radim Simek -- Mario Ferraro
Scratched: Tim Heed, Joachim Blichfeld, Antti Suomela
Injured: Dalton Prout (upper body)
Blues projected lineup
Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Jordan Kyrou
Zach Sanford -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron
Alexander Steen -- Robert Thomas -- Tyler Bozak
Mackenzie MacEachern -- Ivan Barbashev -- Oskar Sundqvist
Vince Dunn -- Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester -- Justin Faulk
Niko Mikkola -- Robert Bortuzzo
Scratched: Troy Brouwer, Jacob de la Rose
Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Sammy Blais (wrist), Carl Gunnarsson (arm), Colton Parayko (upper body)
Mikkola will replace Parayko, who will miss his second straight game. … Gunnarsson is close to returning, but coach Craig Berube said he wants to get him into some practice situations first. ... Blais has resumed skating but is still about three weeks from returning.
Meier has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past five games. ... Perron and Schwartz each has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in their past nine games. ... Pietrangelo has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past seven games.