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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.29.2012 / 12:48 PM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp



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

MURRAY IS OUT AS WHITE TAKES HIS PLACE
Mercury News beat writer Mark Emmons reports that Douglas Murray will rest with a lower body injury sustained in the previous night's game against the Anaheim Ducks. Emmons also reports the defenseman Colin White will take his place int he lineup.
[ Working the Corners ]

THREE SPOTS, FOUR TEAMS
CSN California writer Ray Ratto shares his thoughts on who the Sharks need to beat in their remaining schedule to lock up a remaining playoff spot.
[ Sharks Talk ]

COYOTES HEALTHY FOR STRETCH RUN
The Arizona Republic beat reporter Jim Gintonio writes that the Sharks can expect to see a full and mostly healthy roster from the Coyotes after some key players have missed games due to injury and suspension.
[ The Arizona Republic ]

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.28.2012 / 1:41 PM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp


With the Sharks and Pacific Division rival Ducks set to face each other on Wednesday night in Anaheim, here are the links you need to read before the game:

GALIARDI TO PLAY, NIEMI TO MAKE 16TH CONSECUTIVE START
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that Sharks forward TJ Galiardi is expected to return to the lineup after missing some time due to injury. Kurz also reports the goaltender Antti Niemi will make his 16th straight start in the net.
[ Sharks Talk ]

GALIARDI LINE EXPECTED TO BRING SPEED, DUCKS WANT TO BE SPOILERS
TJ Galiardi told Mercury News beat writer David Pollak, "We all skate pretty well. The key for us is just getting behind their D and trying to get a good cycle going." Pollak also spoke with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau about the Sharks getting Anaheim's best effort despite playoff probabilities.
[ Working the Corners ]

DUCKS & SHARKS HAVE 'HATE FACTOR'
The Orange County Register reporter Jeff Miller spoke with Anaheim's head coach about the Ducks recent success against the Sharks this season. Boudreau attributed the play of his squad to possessing a "hate factor" for San Jose.
[ The Orange County Register ]

ANAHEIM HAS 'OBLIGATION' TO REST OF LEAGUE
The Orange County Register writer Eric Stephens focuses on Boudreau's comments about the Ducks having an obligation to teams still competing to put out the best lineup each night. Stephens also said Boudreau wants to avoid playing young guys just to give them minutes at this point in the year.
[ Ducks Blog ]

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

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.28.2012 / 10:15 AM
By Dan Rusanowsky - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp


One thing has never changed in twenty-one memorable seasons in San Jose Sharks history: there is absolutely nothing like the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Over the course of the Sharks’ timeline, there have been some remarkable games, incredible series, unforgettable moments, and extra excitement. With their qualification for Stanley Cup playoff action in 2011-12, Sharks Hockey will embarks on its 15th trip to the post-season party, and a chance to sip champagne from the most glorious trophy in professional sports.

Of course, as of this writing, the Sharks have a lot of work to do before planning the schedule for the Western Conference Quarterfinal Round. As of 9:00 AM on March 28th, they found themselves in first place in the Pacific Division, holding the third seed in the playoffs. However, what is true at 9:00 AM may not be true at 10:00 PM on the same day, because of the craziness in the playoff race.

Is this good or bad for the Sharks? Will the effort be so daunting to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs that there will be no fuel left in the proverbial tank for the actual post-season games? Well, in the past, such a notion may have been true, but it is not as absolutely true this time around, for a variety of reasons.

First, this Sharks group is battle-tested and experienced with the post-season challenge. The core group has led the way to the Conference Final round in each of the last two seasons, so the grind is a familiar one to them.

Second, this team has, knock on wood, been relatively durable during the season. Yes, there have been some injuries, and those have served as mileage restrictors for a few players who will be very important pieces of the puzzle come springtime.

Third, the depth on the roster is rounding out quite well, after some adjustments to a changing group surrounding the core of the team. It all seems to be trending in the right direction at precisely the right time of the year.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.27.2012 / 2:10 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp


Hockey Hot Stove: Episode 9

The Sharks Broadcasters are back with Episode 9 of the Hockey Hot Stove. In this installment, the crew looks at the remaining schedules for teams in the Western Conference playoff race. San Jose's final six games will be against division rivals.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.26.2012 / 4:20 PM
By Sarah Peters - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp



With the Sharks and Western Coonference foe Colorado 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:

SHARKS HEALTHY
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told members of the media on Monday morning that the Sharks will have a healthy lineup for tonight's game with the exception of forward TJ Galiardi, who is out with an upper-body injury.
[ SharksTV ]

McGINN'S HOMECOMING, LINE COMBOS
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports on ex-Shark Jamie McGinn's return for his first time back at HP Pavilion since the February 27th trade. Pollak also notes there likely won’t be tinking with the line of Daniel Winnik, Andrew Desjardins and Tommy Wingels who played well together during Saturday night's victory.
[ Working the Corners ]

NIEMI VS. VARLAMOV
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that it will be Antti Niemi and Semyon Varlamov facing each other on Monday while the Western Conference playoff race tightens down the stretch with only two weeks to go.
[ Sharks Talk ]

REUNION NIGHT AT HP PAVILION
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz discusses the successes of new Sharks acquisition Daniel Winnik as he prepares to face his former team tonight. Kurz notes that Galiardi likely won't play against the Avs as he is still out.
[ Sharks Talk ]

BOLDUC FINED
Phoenix Coyotes forward Alexandre Bolduc was fined $2,500 for slew-footing Ryane Clowe in Saturday night's game.
SJSHARKS.com ]

SHARKS AND AVALANCHE PREVIEW
NHL.com previews Monday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]


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POSTED ON Monday, 03.26.2012 / 12:00 PM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp


Here is The Daily Chomp's Monday Mailbag answering your questions sent in by Twitter (tweet @SanJoseSharks using #AskSJS), Facebook, or email.

This week, The Daily Chomp spoke with Sharks forwards Daniel Winnik and Torrey Mitchell to answer your fan questions.


What was your first thought when you heard you where coming to the San Jose Sharks?
-Matt A.

Daniel Winnik: I was excited. They are a Stanley Cup contender every year and one thing that I was looking forward to doing was getting back in the post-season. To do that we have to make that push starting the next couple of weeks.

Torrey Mitchell: It was a dream come true. You work your entire life to get to that point, so it was exciting, fun, and nerve-racking all at once.


Who would you say is the biggest prankster on the team?
-Ryan M.

Daniel Winnik: I haven’t been able to figure it out yet but I hear there are always three culprits – Pavs, Jumbo, and Boyle. So far I’ve been safe and been able to avoid any tricks being played on me.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.24.2012 / 1:45 PM
By Sarah Peters - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp


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

With the Sharks and Pacific Divsion rival the Phoenix Coyotes 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:

McLELLAN: 'WE OWE OURSELVES A GOOD GAME'
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told members of the media on Saturday morning that puck placement on the forecheck will be one of the keys for tonight's game and on the importance of having a good start to the game.
[ SharksTV ]

PLAYOFF RIVALRY, GALIARDI SKATES
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports on comments from McLellan about the playoff race, "We’re playing against teams that need the points just like we do. It should make for great games," he said. Pollak also reports TJ Galiardi skated today for the first time since suffering an upper body injury causing him to miss four games.
[ Working the Corners ]

NIEMI VS. SMITH IN NET, DOAN OUT
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that it Antti Niemi will make his fourteenth straight start in net vs Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith. Kurz als reports that Coyotes captain and forward Shane Doan will miss his second match of a three-game suspension for hitting Stars forward Jamie Benn during a game on March 20.
[ Sharks Talk ]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Coyotes staff writer Dave Vest previews Saturday night's game as the Coyotes and Sharks battle for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Besides tonight's game, the Coyotes will face the Sharks one more time in the regular season on March 29.
[ PhoenixCoyotes.com ]

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

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.23.2012 / 6:25 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp


Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. Sharks alternate captain Ryane Clowe, who had a three-point night against Anaheim on March 19, is someone to watch during the final stretch of the regular season and in the playoffs. Clowe is tough, mean, strong and has good hands and vision for a big guy. He makes others better just by his presence on the ice. This is his time of year!
    #BeastOfBurden  #UnderMyThumb

  2. Hope you are enjoying the roller coaster ride. If it’s not keeping you interested, then you aren’t paying attention. Here is what the Sharks have done in just the last two weeks, going back to March 10:

    LOSE @ PHX, WIN @ EDM, OT LOSS @ CGY, WIN VS NSH & DET, LOSE TO ANA & @ LAK, WIN VS BOS

    #ICan’tGetNo_Satisfaction  #FlipTheSwitch

  3. On Thursday night, the Sharks held a 1-0 lead against the Bruins after the first period, but it was only the 18th time this year San Jose has led after the 1st. Based on the stats below, let’s hope this trend continues. Here are the top and bottom teams in regards to having leads after the 1st period (NHL standings based on points percentage):

    1. STL - 32 (2nd)
    2. VAN - 31 (4th)
    3. DET - 30 (6th)
    4. PIT - 29 (3rd)
    T5. PHI - 28 (5th)
    T5. BUF - 28 (20th)

    T25. EDM - 20 (29th)
    T25. FLA - 20 (11th)
    27. MIN - 19 (25th)
    T28. TBL - 18 (23rd)
    T28. SJS - 18 (16th)
    30. CBJ - 15 (30th)
    #StartMeUp  #JumpinJackFlash
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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.22.2012 / 3:41 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp



With the Sharks and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Bruins 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:

HANDZUS LIKELY TO RETURN
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told members of the media on Thursday morning that center Michal Handzus will likely make his return to the lineup and right wing Tommy Wingels will be a game-time decision.
[ SharksTV ]

McLELLAN: 'GO OUT AND PLAY FREE'
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports on comments from McLellan about letting go of some of the nervousness and playing loose. "It's not about one or two individuals carrying the weight of the team on its shoulders, it’s about distributing the weight evenly," he said.
[ Working the Corners ]

THORNTON: 'OUR FATE IS IN OUR HANDS'
ESPN.com hockey writer and TSN panelist Pierre LeBrun spoke to Sharks captain Joe Thornton on Thursday morning by phone. "We've got nine games left and fate rests in our hands, and that’s a good thing," Thornton told LeBrun.
[ ESPN.com ]

NIEMI VS. THOMAS
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that it will be Antti Niemi and Tim Thomas facing each other on Tuesday in a battle of the Stanley Cup winning goaltenders from the past two seasons.
[ Sharks Talk ]

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.21.2012 / 1:19 PM
By Randy Hahn - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp


When Logan Couture scored his second goal of the game in Calgary on March 13, he made history.

Couture became the first Sharks player to score 30 goals in his first two full seasons in the NHL. It got me to thinking, who are the best players ever drafted by the Sharks? Clearly the sample size with Couture isn’t big enough yet to hand him the crown. But based on the early returns for the 22-year-old, he definitely has a shot to grab the title some day.

For most of us, Patrick Marleau’s name comes up right away, and with good reason. Drafted second overall in 1997 (behind Joe Thornton by Boston), Marleau leads virtually every offensive category in team history. In 1,108 games he has 823 career points in the regular season. And in the playoffs he’s added another 88 points in 124 games.

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SCHEDULE

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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 8 7 1 0 29 15 14
2 NSH 7 5 0 2 19 13 12
3 LAK 7 5 1 1 17 10 11
4 CGY 9 5 3 1 25 19 11
5 DAL 7 4 1 2 24 22 10
6 CHI 6 4 1 1 18 10 9
7 SJS 8 4 3 1 27 25 9
8 VAN 7 4 3 0 23 24 8
9 EDM 8 3 4 1 23 32 7
10 MIN 5 3 2 0 12 4 6
11 COL 8 2 4 2 19 27 6
12 STL 6 2 3 1 13 13 5
13 ARI 6 2 3 1 16 24 5
14 WPG 7 2 5 0 13 20 4

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Marleau 8 4 6 -1 10
J. Pavelski 8 4 4 6 8
L. Couture 8 4 4 -2 8
J. Thornton 8 2 6 5 8
B. Burns 8 1 7 0 8
T. Wingels 8 3 2 -2 5
M. Irwin 6 2 1 -4 3
M. Nieto 8 1 2 3 3
J. Demers 7 0 3 -1 3
J. Braun 8 0 3 2 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 1 1 1 .933 2.27
A. Niemi 3 2 0 .903 3.16
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