Gameday Thread: Sharks vs. Ducks

Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

One of the best rivalries in the Pacific Division gets re-ignited tonight at the Tank as Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and the Ducks visit a Sharks team dressing its top guns.

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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:

San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau might miss Friday's exhibition | Mercury News

Anaheim preview: Lines may be a "mish-mash" as Marleau’s status uncertain, Niemi gets his first start | Working the Corners

Top lines to suit up this weekend for Sharks | CSN Bay Area

Kennedy, Hertl set to make home debuts | CSN Bay Area

The New Pacific Division: Sharks vs. Ducks Preview | Anaheim Calling

How the San Jose Sharks spent their summer vacations | Battle Of California

San Jose Sharks

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Anaheim Ducks
1-0-0
2-1-0
Preseason Game 2
Preseason Game 4

7:30PM PST | SAP Center | San Jose, California
TV: N/A | Radio: Ducks.com
Know Your Enemy: Anaheim Calling, Battle Of California

Projected Sharks Lineup

Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Tyler Kennedy
Tomas Hertl - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Raffi Torres - Bracken Kearns - Eriah Hayes
Matthew Nieto - Rylan Schwartz - Matt Pelech

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Matt Irwin - Dan Boyle
Nick Petrecki - Taylor Doherty

Antti Niemi
Harri Sateri

Projected Ducks Lineup

Kyle Palmieri - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Emerson Etem - Nick Bonino - Jakob Silfverberg
Daniel Winnik - Andrew Cogliano - Devante Smith-Pelly
Patrick Maroon - Rickard Rakell - Brad Staubitz

Cam Fowler - Ben Lovejoy
Bryan Allen - Sami Vatanen
Garnet Exelby - Nolan Yonkman

Viktor Fasth
Igor Bobkov

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.

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