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Coyotes Hosting The San Jose Sharks To Conclude Their Preseason Schedule

The Phoenix Coyotes host the San Jose Sharks Saturday night at Arena at 7 p.m. in what is the Coyotes preseason finale.

Saturday night's game will also be the last time the Coyotes are on home ice until their regular season home opener on October 15th. You can find the Coyotes' complete roster for Saturday night's tilt here.

It's true wins and losses don't matter in preseason play. For players on the bubble like Patrick O'Sullivan, though, this is one last shot to show the coaching and management staff that they belong on the big club to start the regular season.

This game will also be huge for Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith. It is extremely important for Smith to get off to a great start this season. Concluding the preseason on a positive note would be huge for Smith and is something he can hopefully carry over with him into the regular season opener on October 8th against these same San Jose Sharks in San Jose. He has the tools and ability to be a solid goaltender, but his consistency needs to improve greatly.

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