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Sharks at Flames preview: Shaking off the rust

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Most of the starters made their debut on Saturday and will look to continue getting into game shape against the Calgary Flames.

Calgary Flames v San Jose Sharks Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Although the San Jose Sharks fell to the Vegas Golden Knights in a 5-4 shootout loss, Saturday’s game was the first appearance for many of the regular starters. After going 2-1 against the Golden Knights and Anaheim Ducks, the Sharks welcome another Pacific Division foe in the Calgary Flames.

The Flames began their preseason in China with a two-game series against the Boston Bruins. However, back here in North America, the Flames have iced out a young lineup with most of their starters overseas. Now less than a week removed from their trip to Asia, it wouldn’t be out of the question for some regular starters to appear in the Flames lineup against the Sharks.

Meanwhile, the Sharks got their starters in against the Golden Knights and the line featuring Logan Couture, Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl were the stars of the match for the Sharks. The trio displayed instant chemistry to show that they were in mid-season form. Meier and Couture each had a goal while Hertl pitched in with two primary assists.

One area to keep an eye on is the Sharks ability to convert on the power play, which has appeared rusty — but that’s also expected when most are making their preseason debut. Nonetheless, the progression of the power play is one to monitor as the season opener against Anaheim draws closer.

Now, will Erik Karlsson make his preseason debut on the road for the Sharks?

It appears as though it’s unlikely and the ideal date for his Sharks debut will come on Thursday when they host the Flames at the SAP Center. Karlsson will have had a week of practice under his belt along with getting accustomed to life in San Jose.

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.