Joe Thornton is anxious to get back on the ice with a real game on the line following the extended break between the opener and Game 2 with Anaheim.
The tragic, fatal plane crash involving the Russian hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in early September shook the hockey world. The Sharks are paying tribute with a special decal on their helmets.
After missing three straight practices, Patrick Marleau is back on the ice for the Sharks. Meanwhile, Martin Havlat will not make his San Jose Sharks debut in Friday's game against the Ducks.
The Sharks will have a second straight practice on Thursday morning at HP Pavilion, rather than their typical off-day location at Sharks Ice, to continue getting used to the new boards there.