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10/13/2022 - By Ken Smyth

Here back home from Prague. How was it? My third time in that city and the trip was only messed up by some below expectation hockey. Not counting the British Airways experience. At one time Britain bossed and bullied around 1/4 of the planet, now their big chance at us is changing planes at Heathrow. They want to show they can still treat everyone like crap.

Coach David Quinn stated that his team hadn't had much practice time together and it showed. On that first night in Prague, his team looked like they'd first met on the bus to the arena. Considering there's a half dozen or so new players plus a new coach and a new system it's not surprising that their first game against an NHL squad was embarrassing and the second was only a little better. If they scored for hitting goalposts it would have been a Sharks' win.

What's changed, more specifically? The power play looked a little different but keeping one defenseman high meant that a loss of possession quickly became a shorthanded breakaway. Neither Erik Karlsson or Mario Ferraro looked especially comfortable chasing guys down the ice. Oskar Lindblom and Steven Lorentz had their moments but the Sharks' traditional problem of forward depth will need to be sorted. And the competition for press box defenseman is very tight. Can we skate five defesemen and sit two of them up there?

Game two was a little better, the Sharks didn't wilt until later in the second period but they still looked tired. Pulling the goaltender gave them a long possession in the Predators end that should have earned a tying goal but no luck. I'd hoped there would be at least a split, but that was not to be. Swiss-born Nino Niederreiter of the Predators was the star of the weekend with three goals, including a nifty one where he took a pass coming out of the penalty box.

Prague native son Tomáš Hertl scored the first goal on Friday and was cheered all around. Lots of kids teams at that game, sitting together and wearing their jerseys. Radim Šimek and Roman Josi (from nearby Switzerland) also were appreciated by the crowd. People came from all over Central Europe based on the plates on cars in the traffic jam leaving the lot. Hockey fans are everywhere.

What's ahead? The Sharks could surprise, but on looking at the October schedule, six wins would be amazing. If you're hoping for a replay of the 2017-18 Vegas Golden Knights season, where a roster of second and third line players made it to the finals, you'll probably be disappointed. This team looked more like the early expansion years in the Cow Palace, though with much more young talent a few years away. But hey- Go Sharks!


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