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SAN JOSE – Here’s the Sharks’ lineup for their preseason home opener with Arizona Friday night at SAP Center:
Forwards: Joe Pavelski, Mike Brown, Joe Thornton, Tye McGinn, Adam Burish, Tomas Hertl, Chris Tierney, Tommy Wingels, Travis Oleksuk, Daniil Tarasov, Rylan Schwartz, Eriah Hayes, Nikolay Goldobin.
Defensemen: Scott Hannan, Mirco Mueller, Taylor Fedun, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Konrad Abeltshauser, Justin Braun, Brent Burns.
Goalies: Antti Niemi, Troy Grosenick.
Arizona didn’t send a very strong roster, although defenseman Zbynek Michalek and forward Sam Gagner are listed, as is eighth overall pick from 2013, forward Max Domi. Goaltender Mike Smith, defensemen Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson and captain Shane Doan are among the Coyotes that did not make the trip.
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Sharks coach Todd McLellan was asked how much weight he puts on winning preseason games. Since the start of the 2011-12 season, San Jose is 10-3-1, including a 1-1-0 mark in the split-squad game with Vancouver on Tuesday.
“We want to win. When we enter any type of game situation, we want to win. Obviously, when you win, the performance is usually better than the alternative, so that will be the goal over the next couple games.
“But, with that being said, we’ll still put a lot of players in audition situations – power play, penalty kill, they’ll get an opportunity. Roll lines still, no matching. It will be interesting to see some of the younger players end up against veterans on the other team. That’s the approach we’ll have throughout the weekend,” McLellan said.
The Sharks host Anaheim on Saturday, and will likely make significant roster cuts on Sunday or Monday.