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Preview/Lines #9: Meier in COVID Protocol, MVP-Caliber Start on Pause

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How important has Timo Meier been to the success of the San Jose Sharks?

We’ll find out tonight, as Meier is the latest Shark to be added to COVID protocol, joining Erik Karlsson, Kevin Labanc, Jake Middleton, Matt Nieto, Radim Simek, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Jonathan Dahlen tested out and will play against Buffalo tonight, corroborating San Jose Hockey Now’s report on Sunday.

SOURCES: Dahlen, Nieto Asymptomatic; Dahlen Could Play Tuesday

Acting head coach John MacLean – Bob Boughner remains in COVID protocol – said of Meier this morning: “From what I understand, he feels fine.”

The San Jose Sharks sure hope so: Meier leads the team in a number of counting and underlying stats.

• Meier is fourth in the NHL with 37 shots
• Meier leads the Sharks in goals (5), points (11), and even strength points (9). He’s also tied for the team lead in assists (6)
• He’s third among Sharks forwards in TOI (17:55), trailing only centers Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl
• Per SPORTLOGiQ, Meier leads the Sharks in Shot Attempts (67), Slot Shots (23), Inner Slot Shots (11), Cycle Chances (14), Forecheck Chances (5), Rebound Chances (6), and Quality Chances (17)
• He’s second in NHL in Slot Shots, trailing only Adam Henrique (26)
• He also leads the Sharks in OZ Possession Time (00:29), Controlled Entries, and Controlled Exits

For my money, he’s been the San Jose Sharks’ Team MVP so far this season. He’s been the engine of the offense, whether it’s exiting the zone with possession, entering the zone with possession, firing the puck from everywhere, and bullying his way to dangerous scoring areas.

San Jose Sharks (5-3-0)

Buffalo Sabres (5-2-1)

Where to Watch

Puck drop against Buffalo is 7:30 PM PT at SAP Center. Watch it live exclusively on ESPN+/Hulu. Listen to it on the Sharks Audio Network.

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dilligaff4444

we have no experienced wingers tonight. lets see if eklund shines. VERY good opportunity for him. cooch usually makes the players around him better. tommy has a chance to show his leadership with Drummer ( barabanov) too…. so far he has not elevated the play of those next to him tho .. in other news eichel may head to calGary which may make monahan available if doug can be the wedge in that trade…. that would actually upgrade our centers without the risk of injuries (or character issues) eichel carries…. eichel for gaudreau+monahan+1st rounder+”1 other” and then monahan to san… Read more »

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