Have you missed hockey? Sure, but the World Cup of Hockey have calmed the cravings. But on this night, Sharks fans will be treated to a sweet doubleheader of local and international flare.
Europe vs. Canada, 5pm, ESPN
This is for all the marbles. Game One for the World Cup of Hockey Final. It’s a championship series, returning to it’s 1996 roots. A best of three series. Canada is searching for it’s 15th consecutive win in best on best tournaments that date back to a preliminary round loss to the United States at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.
A potential of five Sharks could play tonight with Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Brent Burns, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic will likely play for Canada, while Mikkel Boedker has yet to see any ice time, will get into the lineup for an injured Marian Gaborik.
Europe is a heavy underdog. Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers leads all Europe skaters with four points (a goal and three assists) with Gaborik, Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton), Tomas Tatar (Detroit) all having two goals. Jaroslav Halak (NY Islanders) has played exceptionally well and has been the hot goalie that is making all the right saves at the right times to stun USA, Czech Republic, and Sweden to get to the championship final.
As for Canada, they could replace the whole team and still be in this final. Sidney Crosby (if you don’t know which NHL team he plays for, tune to NBCSN on October 12th) leads the Great White North with seven points. While Couture and Vlasic are among those who are tied for 3rd in points with four.
Carey Price will continue to be the man behind the mask in the net for Canada. For Habs fans, seems like a happy bunch to see their goaltender is back in form.
Canucks at Sharks, 7:30pm, TSN 1040
Where to listen:
There is no Sharks feed on TV or Radio. They’re both too busy covering day two of Warriors Media Day. To listen to the Canucks feed go to tsn1040.ca, TSN Go app, or my favorite, use the TuneIn app for TSN1040.
Hockey is back at the Shark Tank for the first time in 3 1/2 months with the shortest offseason in Sharks history. Sharks will kickoff the preseason tonight with a lineup that’s likely to be a hybrid of Sharks and Barracuda. Timo Meier, the Sharks top pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, is expected to make noise. Nikolay Goldobin the Sharks’ top pick in the 2014 NHL Draft is to have a more prominent role this preseason in hopes to make the big club in his third pro year.
Don’t expect the club to dress many regulars, but expect fierce competition from many players like Matt Nieto, Tommy Wingels, Barclay Goodrow, Melker Karlsson, Marcus Sorensen along with Meier (out tonight)and Goldobin to battle for roster spots beginning tonight. It’s also a time for defensemen like Dylan DeMelo, Mirco Mueller, and even Jeremy Roy to fight to be the #7 defenseman or the first to be called up.
Line rushes look like this:
It’s going to be a fun night. Hockey is back and with a super condensed schedule, we’re less than two weeks from dropping the puck on the Sharks’ 26th season.