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The Sharks open the season hosting their Pacific division rival Coyotes of Phoenix in the Shark tank this Saturday night.
All eyes will be on new Sharks Brent Burns and Martin Havlat. Expect Burns at least to put on a show. He's been active all preseason and could be a star of this game.
The absence of former Coyotes goaltender and Shark Killer Ilya Bryagalov will be noticeable, although in the NHL any goalie can have a hot night and shut a team down, especially on opening night.
Whether the Sharks win or lose, it's the near week off they get that is important.
It is significant because it give the Sharks additional time to rest up before the late month road trip while only making them hungrier for action.
Don't expect this early time off to be all rest though as coach Todd McLellan is determined to keep his team on the hook early in the season.
This time will be used to fine tune the execution in practice and find chemistry among a new look team. That takes work. A lot of work.
By the time this session of practices is over, the Sharks players (and fans) will be chomping at the bit for the next bit of regular season action.