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SAN JOSE –- The Sharks will play their second home preseason game in two nights on Saturday, as they host Anaheim at SAP Center (5 p.m.). They are 1-1-1 through the first three games of their seven-game slate leading up to opening night on Oct. 8 in Los Angeles.
Notable players for the Sharks include Logan Couture, Patrick Marleau and Matt Nieto, who have been together as a line since the start of camp.
Newcomer John Scott could also make his SAP Center debut in a Sharks sweater.
Alex Stalock and Troy Grosenick are the listed goaltenders, although it’s unclear which will start. Grosenick backed up Antti Niemi but did not play in Friday night’s 2-1 shootout loss to Arizona. Stalock is 0-1 after allowing three goals in the preseason opener in Vancouver on Tuesday, a 4-2 Canucks win.
Other Sharks regulars expected to play include defensemen Jason Demers and Matt Irwin, who may be fighting for their opening night spots. Sharks head coach Todd McLellan indicated after Friday’s game that players like Taylor Fedun and Mirco Mueller are pushing for places on the opening night roster.
Prospects Matt Tennyson, Taylor Doherty, Freddie Hamilton, Eriah Hayes, Barclay Goodrow and Nikolay Goldobin are all listed on the Sharks’ roster for tonight, also.
Most of Anaheim’s big guns didn’t make the trip as Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler were not listed on the Ducks’ roster, nor was former Sharks forward Dany Heatley, who signed a one-year deal there in the offseason.
The Sharks and Ducks have met at least once in the preseason for 14 straight years. San Jose is 3-0-1 in its last four preseason games against Anaheim.
The clubs will meet again at Honda Center in one week, Oct. 4, to close out the preseason schedule.