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POSTED ON Monday, 03.19.2012 / 1:43 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp



**REMINDER: SPECIAL 7:00 PM PACIFIC START TIME**

With the Sharks and the Ducks set to face each other on Monday night at HP Pavilion at San Jose, here are the links you need to read before the game:

McLELLAN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan spoke with members of the media on Monday morning following the team's morning skate and spoke of the team's outlook headed into tonight's game against Anaheim.
[ SharksTV ]

WINGELS, GALIARDI, HANDZUS STILL SIDELINED
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that the trio of injured San Jose forwards will not be available for Monday's game against the Ducks and the Sharks will likely go with the same lineup that defeated the Red Wings on Saturday night in overtime.
[ Working the Corners ]

SAN JOSE'S MOTIVATING FACTOR
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that despite a chance to move into the Pacific Division lead and the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference playoff picture, the only motivating factor for the Sharks tonight is winning for the sake of winning.
[ Sharks Talk ]

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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.17.2012 / 4:24 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp



With the Sharks and the Red Wings set to face each other on Saturday night at HP Pavilion at San Jose, here are the links you need to read before the game:

WINGELS OUT, NO LINEUP CHANGES (HEALTH PERMITTING)
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told members of the media on Saturday morning that the Sharks will stick with the same lineup that defeated the Nashville Predators in a shootout, 2-1, on Thursday night if health permits.
[ SharksTV ]

PLAYERS' AND COACH'S PERSPECTIVE ON PACIFIC PURSUIT
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports on San Jose's Pacific Division title pursuit with interesting perspective from both head coach Todd McLellan and alternate captain Dan Boyle.
[ Working the Corners ]

NIEMI TO START 10TH STRAIGHT
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi will make his 10th consecutive start when the San Jose hosts Detroit on St. Patrick's Day on Saturday night.
[ Sharks Talk ]

FRANZEN, LIDSTROM OUT, DATSYUK RETURNS, HOWARD STARTS
MLive.com beat writer Ansar Khan reports that center Pavel Datsyuk will return to the lineup, but forward Johan Franzen (back) and captain Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle) will miss the game. Goaltender Jimmy Howard will get the start.
[ MLive.com ]

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.15.2012 / 1:20 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp



With the Sharks and the Predators set to face each other on Thursday night at HP Pavilion at San Jose, here are the links you need to read before the game:

HAVLAT ACTIVATED OFF INJURED RESERVE
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told members of the media on Thursday morning that the team has activated Marty Havlat off injured reserve and the San Jose forward is expected to play against Nashville.
[ SharksTV ]

NIEMI vs RINNE, LINE COMBINATIONS RE-WORKED
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that it will be Finnish countrymen Antti Niemi and Pekka Rinne in goal for their respective squads and talks with alternate captain Ryane Clowe on Marty Havlat's return from injury and how it may impact his line.
[ Working the Corners ]

SHARKS LOOKING TO SHOWCASE DEPTH
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports with comments from Ryane Clowe on San Jose showcasing their depth. Forward Tommy Wingels will remain out of the lineup (upper body, day-to-day).
[ Sharks Talk ]

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.13.2012 / 5:15 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp

 With the Sharks and the Flames set to face each other on Tuesday night in Calgary, here are the links you need to read before the game:

NIEMI GETS THIRD START IN FOUR NIGHTS
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that it will be Antti Niemi once again in goal, his third start in four nights, including quotes from Head Coach Todd McLellan on his decision.
[ Working the Corners ]

WINGELS OUT, OTHERWISE NO OTHER LINEUP CHANGES
CSN Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz reports that forward Tommy Wingels (undicslosed) will miss Tuesday night's game in Calgary with an unspecified injury. Beyond one of the scratched forwards that will start in Wingels' spot, Kurz reports that there will be no other lineup changes.
[ Sharks Talk ]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
CalgaryFlames.com writer Torie Peterson previews Tuesday's battle for 8th seed in the Wester Conference playoff picture including milestones within reach, projected line combinations and an update on injured forward Blake Comeau and his possible return.
[ Morning Skate Report ]

SHARKS AND FLAMES PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Frank Mentesana previews Tuesday's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.12.2012 / 1:41 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp


With the Sharks and the Oilers set to face each other on Monday night in Edmonton, here are the links you need to read before the game:

POSSIBLE CHANGES IN LINE COMBINATIONS
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports on possible changes to San Jose's line combinations, including moving Patrick Marleau to center on the second line and moving Logan Couture to left wing on Joe Thornton's line.
[ Working the Corners ]

NIEMI vs DUBNYK: ROUND 2
CSN Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz reports that goaltenders Antti Niemi and Devan Dubnyk will meet again after the Oilers and Dubnyk bested Niemi and the Sharks, 3-2, in a shootout on March 6, 2012 in San Jose.
[ Sharks Talk ]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Oilers writer Ryan Dittrick reports that former Shark Ben Eager will return to the lineup after missing a pair of games with the flu and talks about Edmonton's outlook on Monday's matchup, a playoff-type game against a San Jose squad in search of points.
[ edmontonoilers.com ]

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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.10.2012 / 1:21 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp

With the Sharks and the Coyotes set to face each other in a crucial Pacific Division tilt on Saturday night in Glendale, here are the links you need to read before the game:

NIEMI STARTS, POSSIBLE RETURN TO LINEUP FOR GALIARDI
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports Antti Niemi will start and indicates that forward TJ Galiardi is likely to return after not being in the lineup on Thursday night in Dallas. Both the Sharks (0-2-2) and the Coyotes (0-4-1) are looking for their first victories in the month of March.
[ Working the Corners ]

CLOWE: START IS KEY, HAVE TO GET THE FIRST GOAL
CSN Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz reports on comments from alternate captain Ryane Clowe on the importance of scoring first against a defensively responsible Coyotes squad. In other news, goaltender Mike Smith is expected to start opposite of Niemi.
[ Sharks Talk ]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Phoenix Coyotes writer Dave Vest previews the game including quotes from Phoenix coach Dave Tippett on both teams being "desperate for points" after watching Dallas grab hold of the Pacific Division lead. Defenseman Rosty Klesla is probable, center Martin Hanzal is doubtful.
[ PhoenixCoyotes.com ]

'LOW-KEY' PRACTICE ON FRIDAY FOR 'YOTES
Arizona Republic beat writer Jim Gintonio reports on Phoenix's "low-key" practice on Friday, looking for solutions in the midst of a five-game winless streak. The Sharks are in the midst of a winless streak as well, currently at four games since beating the Flyers 1-0 on Feb. 28 in San Jose.
[ azcentral.com ]

SHARKS AND COYOTES PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Deborah Francisco previews Saturday's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.08.2012 / 12:47 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp


With the Sharks and the Stars set to face each other in a crucial Pacific Division tilt on Thursday night in Dallas, here are the links you need to read before the game:

NIEMI IN GOAL, McLELLAN ON IMPORTANCE OF THURSDAY'S GAME
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that it will be Antti Niemi in goal and there could be some lineup changes at game time. His blog also includes quality insight from key players on in both locker rooms.
[ Sharks Talk ]

LEHTONEN TO START, MOORE LIKELY USED IN SHUTDOWN ROLE
CSN Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz reports that Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars and talks with Sharks center Dominic Moore about his likely defensive assignment against the Eriksson-Ribeiro-Ryder line which has scored a staggering 31 points during their 7-0-1 run.
[ Sharks Talk ]

DARYL 'SIX SHADES' REAUGH AND HIS GAME PREVIEW
FS Southwest and CBC color analyst Daryl Reaugh checks in with a highly entertaining preview of Tuesday night's game. 'Razor' touches on the previous meeting between the two teams and the Pacific Division race. Courtesy of Stars TV.
[ StarsTV ]

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.06.2012 / 3:25 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp



With the Sharks and the Oilers set to face each other on Tuesday night at HP Pavilion at San Jose, here are the links you need to read before the game:

McLELLAN SET FOR RETURN TO THE BENCH
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told members of the media on Monday at Sharks Ice that he expected to return to the bench for Tuesday night's game against Edmonton. McLellan echoed those comments on Tuesday morning and also talked about the game-time decisions he will make concerning his lineup.
[ SharksTV ]

VOTING FOR 2ND ANNUAL SHARKS 'FAN FAVORITE AWARD' UNDERWAY
Sharks fans that vote will be automatically entered for a chance to meet their favorite player and receive their game-worn jersey on Fan Appreciation Night (April 7, 2012 vs. Los Angeles). For official ballots and contest rules visit the link below.
[ SJSHARKS.com ]

OILERS COACH RENNEY RELATES TO McLELLAN
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports from Monday's skate talking of probable lineup changes for the Sharks and the connection that head coaches Todd McLellan and Edmonton's Tom Renney share. Both bench bosses have missed games this season due to concussions they suffered while coaching their respective squads.
[ Working the Corners ]

DEMERS RETURNS TO THE LINEUP, NIEMI GETS THE CALL IN GOAL
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that Antti Niemi will start in goal and defenseman Jason Demers is likely to return to the lineup. Kurz also looks at the a Sharks penalty kill that will face the League's best power play in the Oilers and how recently acquired forwards Dominic Moore, Daniel Winnik and TJ Galiardi will factor into the PK.
[ Sharks Talk ]

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.06.2012 / 12:21 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp


Hockey Hot Stove: Episode 8

The Sharks Broadcasters are back with Episode 8 of the Hockey Hot Stove. In this installment, the crew weighs in on the Pacific Division race and what the Sharks must do to ensure they reserve their spot for the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.03.2012 / 12:27 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp



With the Sharks and the Blues set to face each other on Saturday night at HP Pavilion at San Jose, here are the links you need to read before the game:

COUTURE'S RETURN LIKELY, MURRAY A GAME-TIME DECISION
Sharks assistant coach Jay Woodcroft again addressed the media on Saturday morning. Sharks center Logan Couture is likely to return to the lineup while defenseman Douglas Murray will once again be a game-time decision.
[ SharksTV ]

KFOX LOCKER ROOM: BRAD WINCHESTER
Sharks radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky spoke with left wing Brad Winchester after San Jose's morning skate on Saturday. Winchester spent part of three seasons with the St. Louis Blues.
[ SharksTV ]

COACHES COMMENTS AT FOREFRONT
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak blogs from the morning skate including comments from both head coaches Todd McLellan and Ken Hitchcock. McLellan met with reporters for the first time since suffering a concussion during the Minnesota game, but will not be behind the bench tonight against St. Louis.
[ Working the Corners ]

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that it will be Antti Niemi vs Jaroslav Halak in goal and that special teams will be at the forefront of Saturday night's matchup. In their last meeting on Feb. 12, 2012, the Blues scored a pair of 5-on-3 goals and added an empty netter in a 3-0 victory.
[ Sharks Talk ]

SHARKS AND BLUES PREVIEW
NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen previews Saturday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]

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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 6 5 1 0 21 13 10
2 LAK 6 4 1 1 15 10 9
3 SJS 6 4 1 1 20 15 9
4 NSH 5 3 0 2 12 8 8
5 CGY 7 4 3 0 19 17 8
6 CHI 4 3 0 1 12 7 7
7 VAN 4 3 1 0 13 10 6
8 DAL 5 2 1 2 15 17 6
9 STL 5 2 2 1 12 9 5
10 MIN 4 2 2 0 10 4 4
11 ARI 4 2 2 0 13 18 4
12 COL 6 1 4 1 9 20 3
13 EDM 6 1 4 1 14 27 3
14 WPG 5 1 4 0 8 15 2

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Marleau 6 4 3 1 7
B. Burns 6 1 6 1 7
J. Thornton 6 1 5 4 6
J. Pavelski 6 2 3 4 5
T. Wingels 6 3 1 -1 4
L. Couture 6 1 3 1 4
M. Irwin 4 2 1 -2 3
M. Nieto 6 1 2 2 3
T. Hertl 6 2 0 4 2
M. Vlasic 6 1 1 4 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 3 0 0 .933 2.27
A. Stalock 1 1 1 .933 2.27
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