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To quote Thin Lizzy, "The boys are back in town." The Sharks return from their five game road trip to the East Coast to take on another Eastern team - the Toronto Maple Leafs. In a quirk of scheduling, the Sharks have only faced one conference opponent in the first month of the season (the Los Angeles Kings back on October 7).
The Sharks are coming off a hard-fought 3-2 victory in Buffalo, with a late Logan Couture goal giving the Sharks their third victory in Buffalo in the history of the franchise. Overall, the team went 3-2 on the road, and played well enough to win in every game.
Tonight's game is one that was circled on the calendar as soon as the schedule came out. For the first time, Patrick Marleau returns to SAP Center as a member of another team. It's impossible to overstate what Marleau's 19 years have meant to the franchise; Marleau holds most franchise offensive records that he compiled in his also franchise-record 1,493 games.
While ultimately this game is still just worth 2 points, it definitely means more than most - and the there should be plenty of #12s in the stands of the arena that Marleau called home for the first 19 seasons of his career.
Read the latest on the San Jose Sharks from the Mercury News.
It was a full skate this morning, with all healthy players on the ice. Based on the line rushes, it looks like the Sharks are going with the same lineup and lines as Saturday in Buffalo, except with Martin Jones in net.
Paul Martin continues to progress while on Injured Reserve; head coach Peter DeBoer said that he expects Martin to start praticing with the team later this week.
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