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NHL Preview: San Jose Sharks (17-27-11) at Vegas Golden Knights (32-18-4)

SAN JOSE SHARKS NOTES:

LAST GAME:
Game 55 – 2/14 – SJS 1 vs PIT 3…San Jose returned to SAP Center to play a game for the first time since Jan. 18. San Jose outshot
the Penguins in each period, including a combined 10-shot margin over the final two periods, but couldn’t get the puck past Pittsburgh
netminder Casey DeSmith. Timo Meier (1g, 0a) scored his 31st goal of the season late in the third. Logan Couture appeared in his
900th NHL game.
SJ Goal: Meier (31)
SF: 39
SA: 28
SJ PP: 0/2
SJ PK: 3/3
W: DeSmith
L: Dell

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
2/15 Assigned D Nick Cicek and G Eetu Makiniemi to the San Jose Barracuda
2/14 Placed F Jonah Gadjovich on IR; Recalled G Eetu Makiniemi from the San Jose Barracuda
2/11 Recalled G Aaron Dell from the San Jose Barracuda
2/9 Recalled D Nick Cicek from the San Jose Barracuda
2/5 Acquired a conditional 2023 fourth-round selection (Seattle’s choice) from the Seattle Kraken in exchange for D Jaycob Megna
2/5 D Nikolai Knyzhov returned from his long-term injury conditioning loan with the San Jose Barracuda; assigned Knyzhov to the Barracuda

TONIGHT’S OPPONENT:
San Jose heads to Vegas for a quick one-game road trip against a divisional foe. This is San Jose and Vegas’ third meting this season, with each side earning a win on the road. Vegas defeated San Jose, 4-2, at SAP Center at San Jose on Oct. 25. Shea Theodore (1g, 1a) led all skaters in points and Adin Hill saved 29 of 31 shots. The Sharks earned their second consecutive win in Vegas with a 5-2 decision on Nov. 15. Alexander Barabanov (0g, 2a), Logan Couture (1g, 1a) and Erik Karlsson (0g, 2a) led all skaters in scoring. San Jose scored four third period goals in the game.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS NOTES:

GOLDEN KNIGHTS UPCOMING GAMES
Golden Knights 2022-23 Record: 32-18-4, 68 points (15-13-0 at Home, 17-5-4 on Road)

DATE OPPONENT TELEVISION RADIO SPANISH RADIO
Feb. 16 vs. San Jose Sharks AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
Feb. 18 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
Feb. 21 at Chicago Blackhawks AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM None
Feb. 23 vs. Calgary Flames ESPN Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
Feb. 25 vs. Dallas Stars AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM

GOLDEN KNIGHTS LAST GAME RECAP
February 12 – Vegas Golden Knights 7, Anaheim Ducks 2
The Vegas Golden Knights (32-18-4) picked up their third consecutive win as they defeated the Anaheim Ducks (17-30-6), 7-2, on Sunday afternoon at T-Mobile Arena. Just over two minutes into the game, Paul Cotter found the roof of the net to put Vegas ahead, 1-0. Midway through the second, Keegan Kolesar set up Brett Howden to give the Golden Knights a 2-0 lead. Frank Vatrano scored late in the frame and the home team carried a 2-1 lead into the third. In the final frame, Shea Theodore, Phil Kessel, and Jack Eichel scored to extend the Vegas advantage to 5-1. Isac Lundestrom tacked on a goal to make it 5-2, but Michael Amadio and William Carrier scored late goals to give the Golden Knights the 7-2 victory.

LAST GAME BY THE NUMBERS

  • Seven players recorded two points for a franchise record
  • The Vegas’ five goals scored in the third period was the first time in franchise history and matched their record for most in a single frame (last, 1st period 3/9/19)
  • Howden and Theodore’s goals were their first since returning to the line-up
  • Cotter has goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his career

Against the Sharks
This is the third time the Golden Knights and Sharks have met this season and the final match at T-Mobile Arena until Vegas travels to San Jose in March. The last time these two teams met, Jack Eichel and Jonathan Marchessault each scored to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 advantage entering the third period but, Vegas gave up four goals in the final frame to suffer a 5-2 loss. The Golden Knights hold an all-time record of 19-2-4 in 25 meetings with San Jose, their best record against any opponent outside of Seattle (5-1-0). At home Vegas holds a 9-2-2 all-time advantage and is 6-1-2 in the last nine meetings. Kessel leads in career points against the Sharks with 35 (20G, 15A) in 33 games played.

2022-23 Season SJS Series: 1-0-1 (Home: 0-0-1, Road: 1-0-0)
Oct. 25 – at San Jose (Vegas 4, San Jose 2)
Nov. 15 – at Vegas (Vegas 2, San Jose 5)
Feb. 16 – at Vegas
Mar. 30 – at San Jose

2021-22 Season SJS Series: 2-1-0 (Home: 1-1-0, Road: 1-0-0)
Feb. 20 – at San Jose (Vegas 4, San Jose 1)
Mar. 1 – at Vegas (Vegas 3, San Jose 1)
Apr. 24 – at Vegas (Vegas 4, San Jose 5)

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