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Sharks host the Coyotes on Friday. This is the first home preseason game.
On Thursday, DeBoer indicated that Stalock is scheduled to start, playing the full game. Thornton and Pavelski haven’t yet played in preseason games, so might be in the line up. Karlsson is recovering from a minor injury, and it is not planned he’ll participate in either game this weekend. Torres is skating, but no news on his insertion into a preseason lineup.
Meanwhile, in the desert, the Coyotes had an intrasquad game for their fans on Thursday. They’ll fly to San Jose Friday morning for the game.
Line ups for tonight can be seen here.
Looks like Donskoi will be skating with Pavelski and Thornton tonight; Torres in. No John Scott for Arizona.
Postgame thoughts: While Torres started with the Joes, he ended up on the 4th line most of the night. He did get in a big, thundering hit early in the game, but postgame indicated that he’s still getting into “game shape”.
Donskoi was a giveaway-machine in the early part of the game, but by the end showed his explosive speed, was keeping more control of the puck, forechecking, more successful board battles, and was rewarded with a goal and an assist. Named 2nd star of the game. Definitely giving the coaching staff more to look at when considering the opening night roster.
DeMelo also impressed. Offensively, notched a goal and an assist. Displayed good positional play. Named 1st star of the game. Definitely improved his chances to make his NHL debut with the season opening roster.
Goldobin continued to impress, even not being on the top line. The “80’s trio” of Tennyson, Goldobin and Nieto had a nice shift during the mandated 3×3 OT.
Meier, in an unflashy way, is continuing to show good play as an 18-year old potential NHL rookie. He definitely has the size to play in the NHL. It may just be a question of where he’d fit in the lineup and would he get better minutes to improve playing in CHL?
The Sharks did surrender their first PPG of the preseason (first in regulation, only the second of preseason). PK is much improved from last year. And two more PPGs scored.
Very good to see such an improvement on the defensive side, which was horrendous at times last season.
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