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The Sharks face the Ducks for the first time this season tonight at SAP Center

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Sharks face the Anaheim Ducks tonight at SAP Center in their fourth preseason game of the season. Tonight's lineup is going to be significantly different from Friday night's, with veteran, sure-thing players (who beat the Coyotes' vets last night) getting the night off and younger players having a chance to fight for the remaining roster spots.

Tale Of The Tape

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San Jose Sharks
1-0-1 Preseason Record 2-1-0
1st in Pacific Last Season's Rank 5th in Pacific
51.5%
Last Season's Score-Adj. Fenwick 51.2%
100.4 Last Season's PDO 99.3
15.7 Last Season's PP% 21.6
81.0
Last Season's PK% 78.5

6:00 PM PDT | SAP Center | San Jose, California
TV: None| Radio: SJSharks.com98.5 KFOX
Know Your Enemy: Anaheim Calling

Projected Sharks Lineup

Patrick Marleau- Logan Couture - Joel Ward
John McCarthy - Ben Smith - Barclay Goodrow
Matt Nieto - Tomas Hertl - Joonas Donskoi
Frazer McLaren - Ryan Carpenter - Mike Brown
(Michael Haley, Timo Meier)

Paul Martin - Brent Burns
Gus Young - Matt Tennyson
Karl Stollery- Dylan DeMelo
(Mirco Mueller)

Projected Ducks Lineup

Last Meeting

It's been almost eight months since the Sharks and Ducks have faced each other, with the Sharks winning the last meeting by a score of 6-3. The Sharks won four out of five of their games against the Ducks last year, with the Ducks' only win coming in overtime.
Storylines
  • Martin Jones will be making his first start at SAP Center tonight, with Aaron Dell backing him up. Dell is expected to be on the roster for the Barracuda this season.
  • Though Timo Meier is not expected to be a Shark on opening night, he has been impressing the coaching staff with his play in the preseason thus far. DeBoer is quoted as saying "He's just going to get better and better as he gets older and more mature."
  • Kevin Kurz expects that two forwards and one defenseman on the roster today will be scratched, and that more cuts are likely before the Sharks' next game (vs Vancouver on Tuesday).