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Marleau to face San Jose for first time since signing with Toronto

by Eric Gilmore / Correspondent

MAPLE LEAFS (7-4-0) at SHARKS (5-5-0)

10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, SNO, NHL.TV


The Game

Forward Patrick Marleau, who spent his first 19 NHL seasons with the San Jose Sharks, will face his former team for the first time since signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent on July 2. 

Marleau has seven points (four goals, three assists) for the Maple Leafs. He played 1,493 games, scored 508 goals and had 1,082 points with San Jose, all Sharks records.

Sharks center Joe Thornton is two points away from 1,400 in his NHL career. He's tied with Jari Kurri for 20th place on the League's all-time list. 

The Sharks, who went 3-2-0 on a five-game road trip, will open a five-game homestand. 


Players to watch

Center Logan Couture leads the Sharks in points (11) and goals (eight). He had five goals, including his second NHL hat trick, and six points on the road trip, which he ended with the game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. 

Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past five games. He leads Toronto in points (15) and goals (eight), and is tied for second in assists (seven).


They said it

"He's 'Mr. Shark.' He always will be. Nobody will ever pass him. I always thought there will be one number retired in the organization, and it'll be No. 12." -- Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic on ex-teammate Patrick Marleau

"I'm going to try my best at having a good poker face out there. There's going to be a lot of emotions, that's for sure. I'm trying to keep the routine as normal as possible." -- Patrick Marleau on his return to San Jose


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Patrick Marleau -- Nazem Kadri -- Leo Komarov

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner

Matt Martin -- Dominic Moore -- Connor Brown 

Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev

Andreas Borgman -- Roman Polak

Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Connor Carrick, Josh Leivo, Kasperi Kapanen

Injured: None


Sharks projected lineup

Kevin Labanc -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Melker Karlsson -- Logan Couture -- Tomas Hertl 

Joonas Donskoi -- Chris Tierney -- Mikkel Boedker

Timo Meier -- Ryan Carpenter -- Joel Ward 

Joakim Ryan -- Brent Burns 

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- Tim Heed

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Barclay Goodrow, Dylan DeMelo, Jannik Hansen

Injured: Paul Martin (ankle)


Status report

Van Riemsdyk (lower body) and Matt Martin (upper body) will return to Toronto's lineup after missing one game. Marner will be reunited with van Riemsdyk and Bozak. ... Paul Martin will miss his ninth straight game but is likely to resume practicing this week.


Stat pack

The Maple Leafs, who started 6-1-0, are 1-3-0 in their past four games. ... Thornton has 41 points (10 goals, 31 assists) in 46 games against Toronto.

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