In their final home preseason game, much of the hype was surrounding the debut of Erik Karlsson, who quickly made his presence known with an assist on an Antti Suomela goal. Nonetheless, the Sharks fell into a 4-1 hole and were close to coming out of it. The first half of the game seemed as though the team was playing not to get hurt and so their play was dull; however, towards the end of the second and all of the third period, they showed glimpses of what they can do offensively.
On Friday Curtis Pashelka of Bay Area News Group sent out a tweet with the lines for their morning practice, and Timo Meier was on the first line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. Peter DeBoer is rewarding Meier’s stellar preseason, scoring 6 points in the last three games.
Another positive note, Antti Suomela seems to have wrapped up the third-line center position, as he’s scored 4 goals in five games, bringing that scoring touch the 24-year-old had in Finland. It’s only preseason, but it looks as though the Sharks have found a hidden gem in Suomela.
Last weekend, the Golden Knights gave the Sharks a glimpse of what their lineup will look like as the two will battle for the Pacific Division title. Despite being down 4-2 at one point, the Golden Knights came back and again will to be a tough opponent to defeat. The Sharks will also see Shea Theodore back on the blueline, as the 23-year-old recently signed a new seven-year deal and missed the first meeting of these two team while waiting on negotiations.
Puck drop is at 5:00 pm PT / 8:00 pm ET and will be broadcast on the NHL Network in the US. The radio call can be heard on 98.5 KFOX in the Bay Area.