SAN JOSE – While some of the Sharks young prospects have opened some eyes this preseason, the quality of the competition hasn’t been all that great. The Arizona Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks left most of their best players behind when they visited SAP Center in two games last weekend.
That should change on Tuesday, when the Los Angeles Kings visit for the Sharks’ final home preseason game, and fifth of seven overall.
The Kings’ roster is down to 27 healthy players, so they should field a mostly NHL lineup. Here are the players that Los Angeles still has in camp, per Jon Rosen:
Goaltenders (3): Martin Jones, Jonathan Quick, J.F. Berube.
Defensemen (8): Matt Greene, Jake Muzzin, Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov, Alec Martinez, Brayden McNabb, Robyn Regehr, Jeff Schultz.
Forwards (16): Mike Richards, Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik, Kyle Clifford, Justin Williams, Trevor Lewis, Dustin Brown, Jarret Stoll, Adam Cracknell, Jordan Weal, Andy Andreoff, Tanner Pearson, Jordan Nolan, Tyler Toffoli, Dwight King, Jeff Carter.
Some familiar names to be sure. It will be interesting to see who Todd McLellan ices from his own side, but he indicated again on Monday that he would like to see some of his kids play against some better players than they have so far.
“We'd like to see that at some point,” McLellan said, mentioning players like Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry from Anaheim, and Kopitar and Carter on the Kings.
The evaluation of the goaltenders has been a bit difficult, too, as the Sharks have allowed just 66 shots in four games for an average of just 16.5 per game.
Antti Niemi is likely to play against the Kings on Tuesday after Alex Stalock went on Saturday vs. Anaheim.
“We’re trying to get them some work in practice. I think with the next three games we’ll see more of a regular NHL lineup, so they should get tested a little bit more,” McLellan said. “If they’re not getting a lot of action that means we’ve done some good things with the puck and played well defensively.
“You create one problem by doing something well, that’s playing pretty good D-zone, but the problem created is the goalies don’t get the work they need.”
The Sharks’ practice lines remained similar to how they have been most of camp, but here’s the rundown:
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Matt Nieto
Barclay Goodrow – Chris Tierney – Tommy Wingels/Nikolay Goldobin
Tye McGinn – Adam Burish – Mike Brown
Eriah Hayes – Andrew Desjardins – John Scott
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Scott Hannan – Brent Burns
Matt Irwin – Taylor Doherty
Mirco Mueller – Taylor Fedun