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The Sharks look to get back to winning ways tonight against the Florida Panthers

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After a rough loss to the tied-for-last Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, the Sharks look to get back in the win column at home against Roberto Luongo's Florida Panthers tonight.

The Sharks will have a slightly different lineup going for tonight's game, with Barclay Goodrow being sent down to the Barracuda.


(We'll have official lineups for you after practice this morning.)
Tale Of The Tape

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San Jose Sharks
5-4-3 Record 6-6-0
6th in Atlantic Rank 3rd in Pacific
49.4%
Score-Adj. Fenwick 52.5%
104.3 PDO 99.2
22.2 PP% 13.9
77.5
PK% 75.6

7:30 PM PST - SAP Center - San Jose, California
TV: CSN-CA - Radio: KFOX 98.5
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Last Meeting

The last time these two met was almost a year ago, and the Sharks fell victim to Roberto Luongo at SAP Center in a shootout, losing by a score of 3-2. They had also played the Panthers only a week earlier, losing again, this time by a score of 4-1.

Storylines
  • Barclay Goodrow has been sent down to the AHL, but as the Sharks didn't practice yesterday we don't know who'll be replacing him just yet.
  • Logan Couture had surgical staples removed from his ankle and took his first steps with a boot this weekend. We still don't have a very good idea of exactly when he'll be returning, but any progress is good news.
  • Both aspects of the Sharks' special teams have been struggling early on. They're 21st in PP% and 26th in PK%, even after getting off to a good start killing penalties. It's important for the team to improve here, and the sooner the better.