While the early energy of the Sharks and the solid yet unspectacular play of Thomas Greiss led to a convincing victory in game one, the Sharks will be well served by getting a couple players back.
With such a long lay off between games one and two, the Sharks were right to hold back G Antti Niemi and W Martin Havlat from the opening game.
Antti Niemi is coming off a minor surgery to remove a cyst from an undisclosed location on his body.
Expect to see him make the final stages of recovery and at least be in net for the Sharks second game of a back to back set at home against St. Louis.
Martin Havlat's situation is a more sensitive and carries greater risk of re-injury.
He had major surgery on his shoulder last May.
While the surgery has proven successful, the strength isn't there yet and this reporter would keep him out of the two rivalry games against Anaheim where the pushing, shoving and hitting will be more fierce than in the St. Louis game.
Havlat was replaced by Tommy Wingels on the second line at the beginning of game one, and while Wingels has the talent, he simply doesn't know the game well enough and isn't making the best decisions with the puck on a line where that is demanded.
Havlat's return to the second line will have ripple effects on this team, although there's no reason to rush Havlat to ensure those ripples last throughout a very long season uninterrupted.