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Golden Knights at Sharks preview

Karlsson in lineup for San Jose after missing opener; Hague to make NHL debut with Vegas

by Ross McKeon / Independent Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (1-0-0) at SHARKS (0-1-0)



The Game

Erik Karlsson will be in the lineup for the San Jose Sharks against the Vegas Golden Knights at SAP Center on Friday one day after his wife gave birth to a daughter.

The defenseman did not play in a season-opening 4-1 loss to the Golden Knights on Wednesday.

Vegas will play at SAP Center for the first time since losing Game 7 in overtime of a first-round Stanley Cup Playoff matchup last season after San Jose rallied from down three goals in the third period. 


Players to watch

Golden Knights rookie defenseman Nicolas Hague will make his NHL debut. Hague, the No. 34 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, had 13 goals and 32 points in 80 games over the past two seasons with Chicago of the American Hockey League. 

Sharks forward Logan Couture has seven points (three goals, four assists) in nine regular-season games against the Golden Knights.


They said it 

"We've got to play the same way. The home opener was a good game, we had a lot of excitement in our building. So we've got to come on the road, play a real good game here against a real good team." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant

"If we don't play better than we did last game, two Erik Karlsson's aren't going to help us win. He's going to help, but we've got to be better as a group." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Cody Glass -- Mark Stone

Brandon Pirri -- Paul Stastny -- Valentin Zykov

William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill -- Nick Holden

Nicolas Hague -- Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Jimmy Schuldt, Nicolas Roy

Injured: Nate Schmidt (knee), Alex Tuch (undisclosed), Cody Eakin (undisclosed) 


Sharks projected lineup

Timo Meier -- Logan Couture -- Danil Yurtaykin

Lukas Radil -- Tomas Hertl -- Kevin Labanc

Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Melker Karlsson

Lean Bergmann -- Barclay Goodrow -- Dylan Gambrell

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Erik Karlsson

Mario Ferraro -- Tim Heed

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Jonny Brodzinski, Tim Heed , Jacob Middleton

Injured: Dalton Prout (upper body)

Suspended: Evander Kane


Status report

Schmidt is week-to-week, according to Gallant. … The Sharks recalled Middleton from San Jose of the AHL. He is not expected to play … Kane will serve the second game of a three-game suspension.


Stat pack

San Jose is playing the same team in a home-and-home to open a season in North America for the first time since its inaugural season in 1991-92 (Vancouver Canucks). … Burns is two goals from 200 in the NHL. … Fleury is expected to play his 800th game. … Stastny has 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) in 40 games against San Jose.

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