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Bye bye bye (week).
After 10 days off, the San Jose Sharks are finally back in action as they host the Arizona Coyotes tonight. This is the fourth and final meeting between the two Pacific Division foes. The Coyotes came away with the victory in their last meeting, handing the Sharks their first loss of 2019.
The last game the Sharks played was - if you can remember that far back - a thrilling 7-6 overtime win over the Washington Capitals. Evander Kane scored with one second left in the third period to tie the game, while Tomas Hertl went goal-for-goal with Alexander Ovechkin, matching the hat trick feat and topping it by scoring his third in overtime. Joe Pavelski scored a goal and three assists for his second four-point night of the season.
The Sharks entered the All-Star break (and subsequent bye week) playing less than stellar defensively; giving up 6 goals in four straight games for the first time in franchise history. The team hopes that the 10 days between games will help them rest and reset the defense as they gear up for the second half of the season.
There was a team practice yesterday, which gives those on the outside some view into what the status is going into tonight's game prior to getting more information at morning skate. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, having not played since January 2, said he's 100%. On the other hand, though Erik Karlsson participated in the All-Star weekend and scored 50% of the the Pacific Division's goals, is questionable to play.
Sharks fans can tune into tonight's game on NBCSCA. In addition, Sharks fans can listen on 98.5 KFOX or the Sharks radio network, or tune in on the Sharks + SAP Center app.
Read the latest on the San Jose Sharks from the Mercury News.