Sharks Center Wayne Primeau played in his 500th NHL game Wednesday night in Nashville.
"Sometimes the body feels that way," said Primeau. "I'm halfway to 1,000 games and I hope to reach that plateau."
Primeau is four and a half years younger than his older brother Keith who has already reached 900 NHL games, so he has some work cut out for him to keep up with his sibling.
"He's a 71 born and I'm a 76, so he's got a few more years," said Primeau. "I hope to catch him."
PREPARING FOR CHICAGO
Follow Wednesday night's opener in Nashville, the Sharks flew to Chicago and practiced Thursday in the Windy City. The Sharks know that they lost to a good club, but that they can do better, especially with a third period lead.
"We knew going in that Nashville was good," said Primeau. "You learn from your mistakes. We have to be strong defensively and not let them back into it. There are 81 games left and we're not down over one game."
If Wilson decides to shake up his lineup following the 3-2 loss in Nashville, rookie Josh Gorges might get the call.
"I think he is going to play his first game tomorrow night," said fellow defenseman Tom Preissing. "I think Josh is great. He actually plays similar to me. Neither of us is overly big and we have to play smart."
The 500-game man Primeau is excited to see rookies break in to the NHL.
"It was great seeing Ryane (Clowe)," said Primeau. "He played well last night and Josh played well in the preseason and deserves a chanced to show his stuff.
In other news, right wing Scott Parker returned to San Jose. He is still being rested after being hit with a puck during the preseason.
As usual, San Jose's home opener will provide several new additions to the game presentation. The show is scheduled to being at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday and includes the first look at the 2003-04 Pacific Division Championship banner.
Plus fans will receive a double bounty with regards to giveaways. Upon entering the building, everyone will receive a miniature replica of the 2003-04 Pacific Division banner. Upon exiting HP Pavilion, all fans will receive a miniature replica Stanley Cup. Please note that fans must leave either the primary North or South exit points at the glass atriums or via the Grill to receive their mini Stanley Cup.
On Saturday, October 15 against Chicago, the always popular magnetic season schedules will be available courtesy of Commonwealth Credit Union.
4 IN THE NET
Anytime the Sharks score 4 or more goals during a regular season home game, fans can redeem that game's ticket stub for one Free Personal One Topping Pizza at participating Round Table Pizza locations. Free pizzas awarded based on each game's official FINAL score only. Individual shoot-out points scored do not apply. Tickets are valid for 7 days starting the following day after game date. One ticket per customer, per visit.
10 DAYS OF HOCKEY
Friday, October 7 will mark day five of the Sharks "Ten Days of Hockey". Fans are invited to the "Family Skate Night at Logitech Ice" from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Fans wearing Sharks merchandise will receive a half-off discount on admission and skate rental. Those in attendance will have the chance to skate with SJ Sharkie and win a number of cool prizes. Logitech Ice is located on 1500 S. 10th Street in San Jose.
The "Ten Days of Hockey" will count down the days until the Sharks open their home schedule against the Columbus Blue Jackets at HP Pavilion on Wednesday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Doors will open for Sharks games 75 minutes prior to game time. Thus for a 7:30 p.m. contest, the doors will open at 6:15 p.m.