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Sharks vs. Coyotes Preview: Regulars creep into lineup

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Expect to “see” some vets tonight.

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The San Jose Sharks head to Glendale in their penultimate preseason contest to take on the Desert Dogs. Head coach Pete DeBoer indicated regulars will get at least one game this weekend, whether it be tonight in Arizona or in Anaheim on Sunday.

So that means guys like Joe Thornton and Logan Couture are about ready to get game action and we’ll see slightly more normal lines against the Coyotes and Ducks. It also means players still fighting for a spot will inhabit the role they’re actually fighting for.

The Coyotes lucked their way into fourth place a season ago, but some shrewd drafting by the front office ought to have Arizona moving in the right direction this year. That doesn’t mean the Coyotes will fight for a playoff spot (I tend to doubt it) but the team certainly showed improvement as the season wore on.

As with most games this preseason, your only choice to experience it is to head to the San Jose Sharks website and stream the audio live. I’m sorry. Don’t worry, televised hockey is coming your way in just a few short days now.

PRESEASON Game 5
at
Friday, October 7, 2016 — 7 p.m. PT
Gila River Arena — Glendale, Arizona, USA
Get the Arizona perspective at Five For Howling
How to Watch / Listen In San Jose
Audio-only stream on SJSharks.com
Stats and Figures
46-30-6 Regular Season Record 35-39-8
3rd in Pacific Regular Season Finish 4th in Pacific
53.3% Regular Season Even Strength, Score-Adj. Fenwick 46.3%
100.4 Regular Season PDO 99.58
22.5 Regular Season PP% 17.7
80.5 Regular Season PK% 77.3