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Sharks vs. Ducks Preview: Closing out the preseason

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San Jose will wrap up the preseason against the Ducks, with a lineup missing most of their big names.

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The Sharks will complete their exhibition slate tonight with a final tilt at the Honda Center against the rival Anaheim Ducks at 6 P.M. One day after recalling nine players from the Barracuda, San Jose will be without regulars Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Brent Burns, Patrick Marleau, Tommy Wingels, Logan Couture, Joel Ward, and Paul Martin, according to the Orange County Register's Eric Stephens.

Anaheim, meanwhile, will play more of their regulars, as only Simon Despres and Korbinian Holzer will miss while dealing with injuries. With San Jose looking more like the Barracuda tonight, this game could get lopsided very quickly.

Tale Of The Tape
San Jose Sharks

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4-1-1 Record 4-0-1
3rd in Pacific Rank 2nd in Pacific
51.2%
Score-Adj. Fenwick 51.5%
99.3
PDO 99.9
21.6
PP% 15.7
78.5
PK% 81.0

6 PM PDT | Honda Center | Anaheim, CA
TV: N/A | Radio: SJSharks.com98.5 KFOX
Know Your Enemy: Anaheim Calling

Projected Sharks Lineup

Joonas Donskoi - Tomas Hertl - Matt Nieto

Nikolay Goldobin - Chris Tierney - Barclay Goodrow

Jeremy Langlois - Bryan Lerg - Ryan Carpenter

John McCarthyMicheal HaleyFrazer McLaren

Brenden Dillon - Dylan Demelo

Karl StolleryMatt Tennyson

Mirco Mueller - Gus Young

Alex Stalock

Troy Grosenick

Projected Ducks Lineup

Carl Hagelin - Ryan Getzlaf - Chris Stewart

Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Jiri Sekac - Richard Rakell - Corey Perry

Patrick Maroon - Shawn Horcoff - Mike Santorelli

Hampus Lindholm - Kevin Bieksa

Cam Fowler - Josh Manson

Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen

Frederik Andersen

Anton Khudobin

Last Meeting

Anaheim topped the Sharks 2-1 in OT a week ago. We don't have full game highlights from that one, so enjoy Joel Ward's first goal in teal.

Storylines

  • Tonight's the final chance for the bubble players to impress. Kevin Kurz thinks Mueller, Goodrow, and Goldobin will begin the year with Barracuda, while Donskoi, Tennyson, DeMelo, and Tierney will begin in the NHL. The former three will have another shot to make their case to begin the season with the big club.
  • Alex Stalock will make his second start of the preseason, and should have his work cut out for him missing most of the regulars. Whatever faint hope Stalock had of grabbing the starting job appears lost after Martin Jones' strong preseason.