I can practically smell the refrigerated ice already and taste the $13 Budweiser. Hockey season is fast approaching and we get our first look at the 2015 Sharks tonight as they take on the Vancouver Canucks. This is part of the Kraft Hockeyville series and the puck will drop at 7:30 p.m. in Victoria, B.C.
San Jose is definitely going with a young team tonight as is evidenced by the lineup below. This will be a good chance to check out Nikolay Goldobin (who we previewed nicely) and Timo Meier.
Tale Of The Tape
|40-33-9, 89 points||Last Season's Record||48-29-5, 101 points|
|5th in Pacific||Last Season's Rank||2nd in Pacific
||Last Season's Score-Adj. Fenwick||50.5%
||Last Season's PDO||100.4|
||Last Season's PP%||19.3|
||Last Season's PK%||85.7|
Projected Sharks Lineup
Tomas Hertl - Chris Tierney - Tommy Wingels
Matt Nieto - Ben Smith - Barclay Goodrow
Nikolay Goldobin - Ryan Carpenter - Timo Meier
Dylan Sadowy - Bryan Lerg - Mike Brown
Brenden Dillon - Matt Tennyson
Mirco Mueller - Dylan DeMelo
Gus Young - Jeremy Roy
Projected Canucks Lineup
Sven Baertschi - Brandon Sutter - Radim Vrbata
Chris Higgins - Bo Horvat - Jannik Hansen
Brendan Gaunce - Adam Cracknell - Alexandra Grenier
???? - Blair Jones - Niklas Jensen
Alexander Edler - Christopher Tanev
Matt Bartkowski - Luca Sbisa
Ben Hutton - Alex Biega
The Sharks went up 2-0 in the first period in a pivotal game against the Canucks only to seen the lead whither and die. They lost in regulation thanks to Radim Vrbata's third-period power play goal.
- It's our first look at the Sharks after a summer of changes, so expect some new looks from new head coach Peter DeBoer.
- Youth, youth and also youth. Meier, Goldobin, Mueller, Roy...Lots of young guys here getting a look. That's what I'll be watching tonight.
- The Sharks went 2-3 against the Canucks last season.