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Pavelski returns for San Jose; Vancouver tries for third straight win in home finale

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

SHARKS (44-26-9) at CANUCKS (34-35-10)

10 p.m. ET; SNP, NBCSCA+, NHL.TV


The Game

Forward Joe Pavelski will return after missing seven games with a lower-body injury when the San Jose Sharks play the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Tuesday. Pavelski leads the Sharks with 37 goals.

San Jose has clinched second in the Pacific Division and home-ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Vegas Golden Knights but is 1-7-1 in its past nine games.

It's the final home game of the season for the Canucks, who have won back-to-back games and are 6-3-1 in their past 10 but have been eliminated from playoff contention.


Players to watch

Sharks forward Joe Thornton will play his 1,564th NHL game, tying Nicklas Lidstrom for 12th place on the all-time list. Thornton is two assists from tying Steve Yzerman (1,063) for eighth all-time in the NHL.

Canucks forward Brock Boeser has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his past 13 games.


They said it

"You like to believe you can turn a switch on (for the playoffs), and I believe you can. But you start rolling the dice a little if that is what you are looking for, so when you drop the games we have lately and the way we have played there is something for us to earn out there." -- Sharks captain Joe Pavelski

"Last game of the season (at Rogers Arena), and we want to show our fans how much we appreciate them with a big win." -- Canucks center Bo Horvat


Sharks projected lineup

Timo Meier -- Logan Couture -- Joe Pavelski

Evander Kane -- Tomas Hertl -- Gustav Nyquist

Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Kevin Labanc

Micheal Haley -- Barclay Goodrow -- Joonas Donskoi

Jacob Middleton -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Tim Heed

Brenden Dillon -- Justin Braun

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Joakim Ryan, Dylan Gambrell

Injured: Erik Karlsson (groin), Radim Simek (right knee), Lukas Radil (undisclosed), Melker Karlsson (undisclosed)


Canucks projected lineup

Josh Leivo -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Loui Eriksson

Sven Baertschi -- Adam Gaudette -- Ryan Spooner

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Markus Granlund

Alexander Edler -- Alex Biega

Ben Hutton -- Troy Stecher

Quinn Hughes -- Luke Schenn

Thatcher Demko

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Ashton Sautner, Josh Teves, Nikolay Goldobin , Derrick Pouliot

Injured: Jake Virtanen (lower body), Guillaume Brisebois (hip), Tyler Motte (upper body), Christopher Tanev (fractured ankle), Antoine Roussel (knee), Brandon Sutter (lower body)


Status report

Erik Karlsson, who has missed the past 15 games with a groin injury, skated with the Sharks on Tuesday and said he would have been ready to go if this were a playoff game. … Virtanen will miss his second straight game but hopes to play during Vancouver's season-ending two-game road trip.


Stat pack

Hertl has six points (three goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak. Couture has two points in each of San Jose's past three games (one goal, five assists). … Horvat has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past 11 games. He is two goals from 100 in the NHL.

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