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Preview/Lines #40: Barabanov Adding to His Game

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Alexander Barabanov appears to be adding to his game.

The winger, thought to be more of a perimeter playmaker, is attacking the net more and more.

Here’s a small example of Barabanov from Jan. 1 not settling for the perimeter.

Per Natural Stat Trick, Barabanov is averaging 4.81 High-Danger Shot Attempts Per 60 at 5-on-5, up from 2.95 last year. He’s actually third among San Jose Sharks forwards in this category, behind only Jonah Gadjovich and Timo Meier. He was 10th last year.

The 28-year-old winger has six goals and 17 assists in 34 games. Those 23 points are fifth on the Sharks.

San Jose Sharks (12-20-7)

Kaapo Kahkonen gets the start. Sharks lines should look like:

Meier-Hertl-Labanc
Nieto-Couture-Barabanov
Bonino-Sturm-Svechnikov
Gadjovich-Lorentz-Lindblom

Megna-Karlsson
Vlasic-Benning
Harrington-Ferraro

Anaheim Ducks (11-24-4)

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