After dispatching the Canucks in decisive fashion on Monday, the Sharks emerge from a week-long preseason hibernation to host the Ducks in the first home game, and second contest overall, of their 2013 exhibition schedule. Unlike Monday's opener, tonight's game features the team's top two lines, top two defense pairings and starting goaltender. Also unlike Monday's game, it's radio-only (er, online stream only at any rate) with neither market picking up the slack on the television end. In my opinion, this is the way the hockey gods intended preseason action to be experienced; viewing preseason games in glorious high-definition as though they actually matter tends to lead to people ascribing importance to what are in reality glorified scrimmages and then they go and write stuff like this. So it's just as well that those of us not in attendance at
HP Pavilion SAP Center The Tank watch it vicariously through the silky vocal stylings of the Anaheim Ducks' well-informed and highly intelligent radio broadcast team. Here's your pre-game reading followed by tonight's projected lineups:
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Projected Sharks Lineup
Projected Ducks Lineup
As the Pollak piece linked above mentions, Marleau might miss tonight's game in which case he'd be replaced on that Couture line with Anthony Stewart, who's still kicking around camp on a professional tryout. Adam Comrie is slated to be San Jose's seventh defenseman tonight while the Ducks are also bringing forward John Kurtz and defenseman Shea Theodore to the Bay Area.