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Sharks vs Golden Knights Preview: A defensive test

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The Sharks need to limit the Golden Knights’ scoring.

May 6, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Marcus Sorensen (20) and Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith (19) fight for control of the puck during the third period in game six of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The Sharks are returning home to continue their preseason against the Las Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights are also undefeated so far, and they’ve won handily each time: they’ve scored at least five goals in each of their three games.

Jonathan Marchessault leads all preseason skaters in goals with four, and is second to Edmonton’s Ty Rattie in points with six. William Karlsson has five points, including two of his goals that were tallied on the power play. Speaking of the power play, the Knights are seven-for-11 so far.

Luckily for the Sharks, they’ve limited their penalty minutes. They took just one penalty in their 7-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Joe Thornton, who is reportedly 100 percent for the first time in a very long time, is slated to make a return tonight. Sharks fans will likely have to wait a bit longer to see Erik Karlsson on the ice. Alexander Chmelevski is still yet to make his preseason debut, but was not among the first round of cuts.

This is an important game for those who may be on the fringe, as Pete DeBoer is hoping to get down to a single practice group with just a few extra players as soon as Monday.

The game will only be available via Dan Rusanowsky’s radio call on the Sharks’ website. If any other broadcasting options come up, we’ll update with available means of tuning in.