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Sharks Look To Even Up Season Series With Coyotes

San Jose Sharks Host The Arizona Coyotes

The San Jose Sharks will look to even up their season series with the Arizona Coyotes when they face off in a one-night home-stand before they return to the road for their final eastern road swing of the season.  The Coyotes have dealt the Sharks defeats in two of their three meetings this season, in fact, five of their meager 38 points have come against the Sharks this year. The Coyotes season started with the youth movement in full effect but Dylan Strome just was not ready for prime time and Max Domi channeled his father’s game one too many times injuring himself in a fight helping to derail what some thought was going to be a promising season. (Sorry @hockey_jerk). With the season going as far off the rails as it has the Coyotes have been mired in trade rumors for players like Radim Vrbata, Martin Hanzal and even Shane Doan who has only known the Jets/Coyotes franchise.  Also, because when it rains it pours the Coyotes also had their deal to build a new arena with Arizona State University scuttled putting their future in the Phoenix area back in jeopardy.  There just isn’t much to be excited about right now as a Coyotes fan.

For the Sharks, it’s the complete opposite hoping to ride a soft February schedule to pad their division lead over the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers. The team is the healthiest it’s been in months with Dylan DeMelo and Joonas Donskoi making up the injured player list. To top it off the Sharks saw Patrick Marleau score his 500th career goal in Vancouver which could potentially make for a very interesting offseason in San Jose.  The enemy for the Sharks in this game is going to be complacency, they cannot take this team that has beaten them twice and lost in overtime lightly or the Coyotes will extract a few more and arguably too many points from the Sharks this season.  In unrelated news today is the first day goaltenders will be mandated to wear the new skinner pants by the league.

San Jose Sharks Arizona Coyotes Advantage
33-17-2, 68 pts. Record 16-28-6, 38 pts.
1st. Pacific Div. Standing 7th. Pacific
8-2-0 Last 10 Games 4-6-0 Sharks
17.8% Power Play 15.3% Sharks
82.8% Penalty Kill 76.5% Sharks
142 Goals For 113 Sharks
118 Goals Against 159 Sharks
+24 Goal Differential -46 Sharks

Projected Coyotes Lineup:

Tobias RiederMartin HanzalRadim Vrbata
Brendan PerliniChristian DvorakShane Doan
Jamie McGinnAlexander BurmistrovJosh Jooris
Lawson CrouseJordan MartinookRyan White

Oliver Ekman-LarssonLuke Schenn
Alex GoligoskiMichael Stone
Jakob ChychrunConnor Murphy

Mike Smith
Louis Domingue

Projected Sharks Lineup: (Updated)

Tomas HertlJoe ThorntonJoe Pavelski
Patrick MarleauLogan CoutureMikkel Boedker
 Timo Meier – Chris TierneyJoel Ward
Kevin Labanc – Michael Haley – Melker Karlsson

Paul MartinBrent Burns
Marc-Edouard VlasicJustin Braun
Brenden DillonDavid Schlemko

Martin Jones
Aaron Dell

About Ian Reid

Ian is the Director of Content for Pucknology. He is a lifelong Sharks fan based in Canada. In three short years Ian has come a long way starting from his own blogspot and going on to write for RSENReport.com, Last Word on Hockey before settling in at Pucknology. You can also find Ian's work as a contributor at FearTheFin.com. On the podcast side of things he was a co-host of the now defunct Teal Tinted Glasses podcast as well as a regular on Pucknology After Dark and host of the Pucknology Writers Room.

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