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Logan Couture: “We’re Not Going To Out-Skill Them”

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

San Jose Sharks captain Logan Couture isn’t being offered free drinks in this town any time soon. Neither will his coach Pete DeBoer, but they’re not bitter. Couture had no issues complimenting the level of skill in Las Vegas.

We’re not going to out-skill them. Their lineup compared to ours has a little bit more skill up front. -Logan Couture

After their 2-1 OT victory against the Golden Knights, Couture explained why the win felt better than most.

For sure. We only dressed eleven… then we were down to ten forwards and six d, and found a way. I thought we kind of defended, just defended the last ten minutes to try and get that to overtime. -Couture

The Sharks captain scored the OT winner, picking up their first points against Vegas this season. Couture knows the Golden Knights lineup better than most NHL players. In eleven regular season games, Couture has 8 points (4 Goals, 4 Assists) with a plus/minus of -10. Also, add in the 13 postseason games and it’s fairly obvious he’s aware of his opponent.

Anytime we play these guys it’s going to be tough. They’re a very good team. At the end of the year they’re going to be near the top of the division. -Couture

He’s on a shortlist of players Golden Knights fans like to heckle most but overall it doesn’t cloud his vision. Same goes for the Sharks coach.

Big character win for us. A lot of things stacked against us with done of the injuries in the lineup. Obviously, with what’s happened the last couple of times we’ve been here.- DeBoer

DeBoer referenced the past poor performances his team has had in Las Vegas.

There’s a lot of fire in this rivalry, but the biggest reason it’s such a great rivalry is that both teams are so good, and when they are chirping at each other, they aren’t afraid to say it.

Cody Glass Gets High Praise From VGK Nemesis Logan Couture

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

For the Golden Knights fan base, public enemy number one when it comes to the San Jose Sharks is Evander Kane (and there could be more to that saga later today). But a close second is Logan Couture.

From saying he thought he lost a testicle when blocking a shot to the high-stick teeth incident to just terrorizing the Golden Knights in general by scoring goals in bunches, it’s not hard to dislike Couture if you choose to root for Vegas.

But now it’s time to make fans like San Jose’s #39, if only for a moment.

Following a wild preseason game that was highlighted by 114 penalty minutes including 20 separate penalties in the 3rd period alone, Couture took the time to say some incredibly nice things about Cody Glass.

He’s a good player, he’s going to be a very good player.  He’s smart, the way he sees the game, he’s creative with the puck. I like him as a player just from the two games I’ve played against him. -Couture

Couture and Glass shared the ice for 5:00 last night where the Golden Knights scored once. In the other preseason game, the two were out there together for just 2:46 and very little happened. Under eight minutes total and yet Glass made an impression on the 10-year vet.

The two will likely be seeing a lot of each other over the next two games, and certainly the next few years.

You don’t hear a Sharks player say nice things about a Golden Knight often, so we’ll take this one a cherish it.

Ranking The Top Centers In The Pacific Division

This week the NHL Network ranked the league’s twenty best centers. Lady Byng trophy winner William Karlsson came in at 17th place, not bad for a guy who wasn’t rated in the top 100 last season. Connor McDavid, Anze Kopitar, Ryan Getzlaf and Leon Draisaitl were the other Pacific Division centers to make the NHL Network’s list.

So let’s have some fun and rank the top centers in the Pacific Division.

1. Connor McDavid: There’s not much to write. McDavid has 256 career points in 205 games, averaging 1.22 points per game. The Edmonton center has more points (208), goals created (77), assists per game (.84), and adjusted points (220) than any other player in the NHL since 2015-16. McDavid will continue to remain the top center in the division, and the league for many, many years.

2. Anze Kopitar: Again, this is another no-brainer. The Kings captain has averaged almost a point of game over his career, and put up his best (1.12) PPG average last season. After 12 NHL seasons, the Slovenian continues to get better. Kopitar ended the season with a career-high 92 points, and took home the Selke trophy. Also, he’s a faceoff wizard. Against Vegas in the postseason, Kopitar posted a 60.4% faceoff win percentage. Pretty impressive, considering the puck was in his zone most of the series.

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3. William Karlsson: I battled myself trying to be as objective as possible and at the end of the day, ranking Karlsson third behind McDavid and Kopitar was the only right decision. Most of the players on this list have consistently produced for multiple seasons. However, the overall skill Karlsson showcased leads you to believe he’ll repeat his production from 2017-18.

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