NBCSN’s coverage of the 2020-21 NHL season continues with Wednesday’s matchup between the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks. Golden Knights-Sharks stream coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.
This is the seventh of eight meetings between these teams this season, with Vegas having won each of the first six meetings. Wednesday night’s game is the second of a two-game set between these teams, with the final meeting currently scheduled as their final game of the season on May 10.
In Monday’s loss against Vegas, 41-year-old Patrick Marleau played in his 1,768th career regular season game, passing Gordie Howe for the most games played in NHL history. After the game’s first whistle, play was stopped so Marleau could be honored with a video tribute. It was also Marleau’s 899th consecutive game played, giving him the opportunity on Wednesday to become the fourth player in NHL history to play in 900 straight games. Marleau has not missed a game since April 2009.
The Golden Knights currently have the most points in the NHL and can secure a fourth straight playoff berth if they earn a point Wednesday night. They have won seven games in a row, scoring four-plus goals in five of those seven wins. Meanwhile, the Sharks have lost six straight games and seven of their last eight (1-6- 1). San Jose is looking to avoid missing the playoffs in two straight seasons for the first time since 1995-1997.
WHAT: San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights
WHERE: T-Mobile Arena
WHEN: Wednesday, April 21, 9:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN (^Blacked out in local markets: Las Vegas)
ON THE CALL: Kenny Albert, Brian Boucher
LIVE STREAM: You can watch the Golden Knights-Sharks stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.
Max Pacioretty – Chandler Stephenson – Mark Stone
Jonathan Marchessault – William Karlsson – Alex Tuch
Will Carrier – Nicolas Roy – Mattias Janmark
Dylan Coghlan – Tomas Nosek – Dylan Sikura
Alec Martinez – Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb – Shea Theodore
Nicolas Hague – Zach Whitecloud
Starting goalie: Marc-Andre Fleury
Evander Kane – Logan Couture – Noah Gregor
Rudolfs Balcers – Tomas Hertl – Patrick Marleau
Timo Meier – Dylan Gambrell – Kevin Labanc
Ryan Donato – Joel Kellman – John Leonard
Mario Ferraro – Brent Burns
Nikolai Knyzhov – Erik Karlsson
Radim Simek – Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Starting goalie: Martin Jones
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver Canucks right wing Ilya Mikheyev is set to have season-ending surgery on his left knee.
Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said Friday night the 28-year-old Russian forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team’s first preseason game Sept. 25. Mikheyev will undergo surgery next week and is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall.
Mikheyev was originally listed as week-to-week with the injury and played 45 regular-season games, finishing with 13 goals and 15 assists. He scored in his final appearance Friday night, a 5-2 home victory over Columbus.
Mikheyev signed a four-year, $19 million contract as a free agent last summer.
Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss at least three weeks with a sprained knee.
The team announced the reigning MVP’s anticipated absence Friday, two days after Matthews was injured in Toronto’s victory against the New York Rangers.
Matthews is expected to miss at least six games and could be out for a few more. The timing of the injury coinciding with the NHL All-Star break and the Maple Leafs bye week prevents this from costing Matthews more time out of the lineup.
After being voted an All-Star by fans, Matthews is now out of the event scheduled for Feb. 3-4 in Sunrise, Florida. The league announced Aleskander Barkov from the host Florida Panthers will take Matthews’ place on the Atlantic Division All-Star roster.
Matthews, who won the Hart Trophy last season after leading the NHL with 60 goals, has 53 points in 47 games this season.
MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens winger Cole Caufield said Friday he wouldn’t be having season-ending surgery on his right shoulder if the team were in playoff contention.
But with the Canadiens near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the 22-year-old Caufield said he decided to have the surgery to protect his long-term health. The procedure is scheduled to be performed by Dr. Peter Millett on Wednesday.
“I didn’t want to stop playing,” Caufield said. “I had a couple tests done to look at it more clearly but, in the end, like it could’ve been one more fall and it could have been even worse.”
Caufield, who leads the Canadiens with 26 goals in 46 games, had three different medical opinions on his shoulder before concluding that his season was over.
“I think they’ve seen a lot more than I have and they know the differences and what they like or don’t like about it,” he said about the medical opinions. “Long term, I think this is what’s best but for sure it was tough to sit out that game against Toronto on Saturday night.”
Caufield initially felt the injury in an awkward fall during Montreal’s 4-2 loss at Dallas on Dec. 23. He said his right shoulder popped, and he replaced it himself.
Caufield felt it again in the Habs’ 4-3 loss at Nashville on Jan. 12. The club announced on Jan. 21 that Caufield would miss the rest of the season.
Caufield is nearing the end of his three-year, entry-level contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer.
SEATTLE — Seattle Kraken rookie All-Star Matty Beniers will miss the team’s final two games before the All-Star break after taking a big hit from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers earlier this week.
Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said after morning skate Friday that Beniers would not play Friday night against Calgary or Saturday against Columbus. Hakstol did not speculate on Beniers’ availability for next weekend’s All-Star Game in Florida.
The team has not specified what kind of injury Beniers sustained from the hit. He was barreled over by Myers away from the play early in the second period in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over Vancouver. Myers was penalized for interference on the play. Beniers returned briefly for one shift later in the period but did not play in the third period.
Beniers is Seattle’s lone All-Star selection this season. He leads all rookies in goals (17) and points (36), and is fifth in total ice time for rookies.
Seattle also placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve and recalled forward Max McCormick from Coachella Valley of the AHL. Hakstol said Schultz is improving but there’s no timeline on his return.