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NHL Preview: San Jose Sharks (19-34-12) at St. Louis Blues (27-31-5)


Game 65 – 3/7 – SJS 0 at COL 6…Colorado’s Alexandar Georgiev turned away all 13 shots faced as the San Jose Sharks fell, 6-0, Tuesday at Colorado. Derrick Pouliot made his Sharks debut, totaling four hits in 16:36 TOI. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and captain Logan Couture matched Pouliot’s game-high hit output. Nico Sturm made his return to Colorado, a year after helping the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup, registered two takeaways and one hit and went 11-for-16 at the faceoff dot in the tilt.
SJ Goals: None
SF: 13
SA: 43
SJ PP: 0/3
SJ PK: 4/5
W: Georgiev
L: Kahkonen
ND: Reime

3/7 Recalled D Derrick Pouliot from the San Jose Barracuda
3/6 Reassigned D Nick Cicek to the San Jose Barracuda
3/5 Recalled D Nick Cicek and D Nikolai Knyzhov from the San Jose Barracuda
3/3 Recalled F William Eklund from the San Jose Barracuda
3/3 Acquired F Jacob Peterson in exchange for F Scott Reedy; assigned Peterson to the San Jose Barracuda
3/3 Assigned D Derrick Pouliot to the San Jose Barracuda
3/3 Acquired Winnipeg’s 2025 fourth-round selection in exchange for Vladislav Namestnikov
3/3 Acquired Pittsburgh’s 2023 seventh-round selection and conditional 2024 fifth-round selection (becomes fourth-round if Pittsburgh advances to the 2023 Eastern Conference Final) from Pittsburgh and the rights to D Arvid Henriksson from Montreal in a three-team trade. The Sharks traded F Nick Bonino and the club’s 2024 fifth-round selection to Montreal and D Tony Sund to Pittsburgh. Montreal traded Bonino (50% retained) to Pittsburgh in exchange for Sund.
3/2 Signed D Derrick Pouliot to a one-year, two-way contract
3/1 Acquired F Vladislav Namestnikov from Tampa Bay (50% retained) in exchange for F Mikey Eyssimont

The Blues and Sharks wrap their season set with a Thursday matchup at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The Blues have won each of the first two meetings, a 5-3 decision in November and most recently a 6-3 final at SAP Center last Thursday, a game in which the Sharks jumped out to a 2-0 lead but could not hang on. St. Louis enters Thursday’s meeting on the heels of a 6-2 setback against the Arizona Coyotes. The Blues’ Pavel Buchnevich brings a six-game point streak (4g, 7a) into the game, including a four-assist outing against the Sharks on March 2. Jakub Vrana made his St. Louis debut Tuesday at Arizona, finishing the game with six shots on goal in 16:32 TOI.

PRIME PENALTY KILL…After going 4-for-5 shorthanded against Colorado on March 7, the Sharks boast the NHL’s fourth-best penalty kill, at 83.3-percent on the year. The Sharks have finished top-two in the NHL on the PK in two of the past three years, including second (85.2%) in 2021-22 and first (85.7%) in 2019-20.


Jake Neighbours – Upper-Body (Will be re-evaluated in 5 weeks; announced on Feb. 20)
2022-23 Total Man Games Lost: 244

6 – Signed college free agent defenseman Anton Malmstrom to a two-year, entry-level contract
3 – Acquired forward Jakub Vrana from Detroit in exchange for Dylan McLaughlin and a 2025 7th-round draft pick
2 – Signed forward Sammy Blais to a one-year, $1,000,000 contract extension
1 – Signed defenseman Michael Buchinger to a three-year, entry-level contract


  • The Blues and Sharks will meet for the 3rd and final matchup of the season
  • The Blues are 2-0-0 against San Jose this season, winning 6-3 in San Jose last Thursday, and winning 5-3 on Nov. 10 in St. Louis
  • The Blues have won 7 straight games against San Jose, scoring at least 4 goals in 5 of those 7 games (outscoring San Jose 29-14 over those 7 games)
  • The Blues have also earned points in 9 straight games against San Jose (8-0-1)
  • The Blues have won back-to-back home games against San Jose and are 7-1-1 in their last 9 games against San Jose at Enterprise Center
  • The Blues have not allowed the Sharks a power play goal in 6 of their last 7 matchups, going 9 for 10 (90.0%) on the penalty kill over those 7 games
  • The Blues have scored a power play goal in 4 straight games against the Sharks, going 5 for 14 (35.7%) on the power play over those 4 games

3/11 – at Columbus
3/12 – vs. Vegas
3/15 – vs. Minnesota
3/17 – at Washington
3/19 – vs. Winnipeg


  • The Blues will return home for 1 game on Thursday vs. San Jose before heading back on the road to Columbus on Saturday, after finishing their 3-game road trip to start the month of March (1-2-0)
  • The Blues will play 12 more games in March (6 away; 6 home)
  • 8 of the Blues’ remining 12 games in March will come against Western Conference opponents (3 against the Central)
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