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Preview/Lines #11: Quinn Likes Bonino at Wing Right Now



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One of the reasons why Nick Bonino signed with the San Jose Sharks last off-season was to play center.

“From all our conversations, they see me and what I see myself as, a really solid third-line center,” Bonino said in Jul. 2021.

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However, by the end of last season, Bob Boughner had shifted Bonino to Logan Couture’s wing. Bonino actually found success there, scoring four goals at left wing in the last seven games of the year.

When new head coach David Quinn came on though, he put his former Boston University pivot back up the middle. That didn’t last long though: Last week, against the New York Rangers, Bonino was back shotgunning for Couture.

Today, after missing the last three games with a rib injury, Bonino was back on the wing, this time with Nico Sturm.

Quinn noted that his alternate captain just wants to help the San Jose Sharks win.

“He understands every season is new. You add guys,” Quinn said. “He just wants to help in any position he can. Right now, with our lineup, I think that gives us our best look with him on the wing.”

San Jose Sharks (3-7-0)

James Reimer will start.

Here’s a best guess at lines:



Quinn will talk two hours before the drop of the puck.

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The San Jose Sharks will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at 1:30 PM PST at SAP Center. Watch it live on NBC Sports California. Listen to it on the Sharks Audio Network.

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