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Sharks' Devan Dubnyk: Allows five in first start
Dubnyk stopped 27 of 32 shots Monday in a 5-4 loss to the Blues.
Dubnyk was making his first start as a Shark and was not welcomed politely by the home team. San Jose actually jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but the Blues got to Dubnyk four times in the middle frame and once more in the third. Dubnyk logged an .890 save percentage in 30 games last season with Minnesota and will compete with longtime incumbent Martin Jones for playing time.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Radim Simek: Assist in season debut
Simek (undisclosed) had an assist to go with two blocks and one hit in Monday's 5-4 loss to St. Louis.
Simek missed San Jose's first two games with his undisclosed ailment but stepped into Monday's lineup and logged just under 13 minutes on the third defensive pairing. Simek, 28, had two goals and seven assists in 48 games last season as a sophomore.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Brent Burns: Collects first three points of year
Burns collected a power-play goal and added two assists Monday in a 5-4 loss at St. Louis. He also contributed four shots and one block.
Burns was a force for the Sharks, racking up his first three points of the season while logging a game-high 28:39 of ice time. The veteran defenseman figured in on the first two goals of the game as the Sharks built a 2-0 lead, then tallied one of his own with the man advantage to give San Jose a 3-2 edge in the second period. Burns enjoyed another productive campaign in 2019-20, although his 45 points represented a steep decline from the 83 he registered the previous season. His plus/minus also fell from plus-13 to minus-22.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Kevin Labanc: Enjoys two-point night
Labanc scored a goal and an assist with two shots in Monday's 5-4 loss at St. Louis. He also had two PIM.
Labanc opened the scoring 11:38 into the game, deflecting a Brent Burns point shot while parked in the slot. He also drew the primary assist on a Logan Couture goal that tied the game 4-4 early in the third period. It was a nice breakout effort for Labanc, who was held without a point in his first two outings of the season.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Tomas Hertl: Registers two helpers
Hertl had two assists and two PIM in Monday's 5-4 loss to the Blues. He also went 12-for-22 (54.5 percent) in the faceoff circle.
Hertl had a helping hand on power-play goals by Logan Couture and Brent Burns. The 27-year-old has found the scoresheet in each of the first three games, collecting three goals and three assists. However, that production has been partially mitigated by a minus-5 rating over his last two contests.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Logan Couture: Big effort in loss
Couture scored twice and added an assist in Monday's 5-4 loss at St. Louis. He also had three shots and won 12 of 21 faceoffs (57.1 percent).
Couture found the back of the net on the power play in the first period, ripping a one-timer from the right circle to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead. He scored again in the third period, tying the game from below the left circle. He also drew an assist on Kevin Labanc's goal, which opened the scoring. Couture slumped from 70 points in 2018-19 to just 39 last season but iis off to a quick start with four points through three contests.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Fredrik Handemark: Brought up from taxi squad
Handemark was recalled from the taxi squad Monday, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Handemark spent time with Malmo (Sweden) before NHL training camp started, and he produced 15 points over 25 games. The 27-year-old forward has yet to make his NHL debut, but he could draw into the lineup for Monday's game against the Blues.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Nicolas Meloche: Shuffles to taxi squad
Meloche was assigned to the taxi squad Monday, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
The 23-year-old played in the season opener and logged just 5:43 of ice time, and he was a healthy scratch in Saturday's loss to the Coyotes. Meloche will still be eligible to practice and travel with the team while on the taxi squad.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Joel Kellman: Shifts to taxi squad
Kellman cleared waivers Monday and was placed on the taxi squad, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Kellman likely will remain on the taxi squad until injuries pop up. The 26-year-old played in the season opener and logged 12:07 of ice time, a minus-1 rating and two PIM.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Radim Simek: Ready to go
Simek (undisclosed) will play in Monday's game against the Sharks, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Simek missed the opening two-game series against the Coyotes, but he'll make his season debut Monday. The 28-year-old blueliner averaged 17:11 of ice time per game last season with no power-play usage, and he finished with nine points, 91 hits and 60 blocked shots over 48 contests.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Devan Dubnyk: Making first Sharks start Monday
Dubnyk will defend the road net against the Blues on Monday, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.
Dubnyk entered Saturday's loss to the Coyotes in relief of Martin Jones and stopped both shots he faced. The 34-year-old struggled for the Wild last year, generating an .890 save percentage and a 12-15-2 record through 30 appearances. He'll get a tough matchup against a familiar foe in his first start for the Sharks.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic: Scoreless so far
Vlasic is averaging a career-high 24:22 of ice time per game but has yet to score a point this season.
After scoring at least 20 points in six straight seasons, Vlasic recorded just 15 points in 70 games last year. His massive increase in ice time may not be sustainable and his lack of power play involvement will hinder his fantasy ceiling.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Kevin Labanc: Scoreless through two games
Labanc has four shots on goal and a plus-1 rating through two games but has failed to record a point.
After scoring less than a half-point-per-game last season, Labanc has started the 2020-21 season with some early scoring troubles. His playing time, both overall and on the power play, is about the same as last season and he's still secure in a top-six role. His scoring should improve as the season moves on, but Labanc could be in line for another letdown with his offensive numbers.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Joel Kellman: Heads to waivers
Kellman was waived by the Sharks on Sunday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Kellman logged 12:07 of ice time in the season opener, recording a minus-1 rating, a shot on net and a blocked shot. The 26-year-old was a healthy scratch Saturday. Kellman likely will remain with the team via the taxi squad, but he could end up in AHL San Jose when the minor-league season commences.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Maxim Letunov: Cleared to return
Letunov cleared the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Saturday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Letunov likely will be assigned to the taxi squad or AHL San Jose now that he's available. The 24-year-old spent most of his time in the minors last season, accruing 40 points over 50 games.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Timo Meier: Carries offense in loss
Meier scored an even-strength goal and added two power-play assists in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Coyotes.
After going scoreless in San Jose's opener, Meier bounced back quickly but didn't get enough help to put the Sharks in the win column. The 24-year-old has scored more than 20 goals in three straight seasons and is just one year removed from a 30-goal campaign, and he still has significant upside with an assignment on the No. 1 line and the top power-play unit.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Devan Dubnyk: Needed in relief Saturday
Dubnyk replaced Martin Jones early in the third period of Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Coyotes, stopping both shots he faced.
The former Wild netminder wasn't tested and had little pressure on his shoulders during his abbreviated Sharks debut, as San Jose was down by three goals when Dubnyk came in. The team doesn't have to play any back-to-back sets until February, but Jones, who has struggled the last two seasons, could still cede a start or two to Dubnyk before then.... See More ... See Less
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