Gameday Thread: Sharks vs. Canucks

Rich Lam

Let the games begin. San Jose starts the preseason in Vancouver with a lineup that includes Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl and Jason Demers.

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The wait is over. Sharks hockey is back, at least in preseason form. No, Joe Thornton won't be in the lineup and neither will Patrick Marleau, Dan Boyle, Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic or Antti Niemi but the team officially kicks off their exhibition schedule tonight at 7PM against (some form of) the club they swept out of postseason action last spring, Vancouver.

Joe Pavelski headlines a Sharks roster consisting largely of training camp hopefuls ranging from top prospect Tomas Hertl to professional tryout Anthony Stewart to under-the-radar roster possibility Daniil Tarasov who take on a Canucks team slated to ice its last four first-round draft picks in Hunter Shinkaruk, Bo Horvat, Brendan Gaunce and Nicklas Jensen. With the Sharks off until Friday, and likely to announce preliminary cuts between now and then, this is certainly a big game for many of the younger players in the lineup even if it doesn't count in the standings. Here's your pre-game reading:



San Jose Sharks

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Vancouver Canucks
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Preseason Game 1
Preseason Game 1

7PM PST | Rogers Arena | Vancouver, British Columbia
TV: NHL Network | Radio: Team 1040
Know Your Enemy: Canucks Army, Nucks Misconduct, Pass It To Bulis

Projected Sharks Lineup
Tomas Hertl - Joe Pavelski - Tommy Wingels
Daniil Tarasov - Freddie Hamilton - Anthony Stewart

Matt Irwin - Dylan DeMelo


Projected Canucks Lineup
Hunter Shinkaruk - Ryan Kesler - Alexandre Burrows
Tom Sestito - Bo Horvat - Dale Weise
Nicklas Jensen - Brendan Gaunce - Pascal Pelletier



It's worth noting the third and fourth line combinations and second and third defense pairings for the Sharks are largely guesses; Matt Pelech joined the team on their flight to Vancouver this afternoon but it's unclear whether he'll draw into the lineup. The game is one of two Sharks exhibition contests that will be televised on NHL Network.
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