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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.20.2012 / 3:42 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp


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

SHARKS PLAYOFF TRACKER
See the updated Western Conference playoff picture each morning with the new Sharks Playoff Tracker exclusively on SJSHARKS.com. Updated each day with key matchups and an overview of the race for the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
[ SJSHARKS.com/playofftracker ]

THE SHIFT AFTER
CSN Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz reports on a developing trend for the Sharks, giving up goals against on shifts immediately following goals for. Kurz reports that the Sharks have done so five times over their past nine games.
[ Sharks Talk ]

QUICK RESTED AND READY
LA Kings Insider Rich Hammond reports that goaltender Jonathan Quick will make his 61st start of the season on Tuesday night against the Sharks. At puck drop, it will have been almost four full days since Quick last saw game action.
[ LA Kings Insider ]

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

MONDAY NIGHT'S ODDS AND ENDS, OUTLOOK FOR LA
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak's postgame blog from Monday night following a 5-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. The Sharks have a quick turnaround and will face the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night at the Staples Center.
[ Working the Corners ]

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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 Monday, 03.19.2012 / 12:05 AM
By Sarah Peters - 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 Torrey Mitchell and Daniel Winnik to answer your fan questions.


Which arena is the hardest to play in and does it affect your play?
-Chandler C.

Torrey Mitchell: Chicago and Vancouver are probably the toughest for me to play in.

Daniel Winnik:
Chicago is really loud and the fans can get really rowdy, but I think probably Montreal is the toughest because they scream over everything and I think it makes some people a little anxious. I’ve been on young teams and that’s when a young team goes into a building like that and you see them most affected because they’re just not used to the environment.

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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 Friday, 03.16.2012 / 5:37 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp


Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. Speaking of Logan Couture... Congrats on back-to-back 30-goal seasons, in your first two full seasons in the NHL, a first in Sharks franchise history.
    #TheKid’sGotGame

  2. Speaking of 'The Kid'... It’s great for Pittsburgh, the NHL and the game of hockey to have Sid the Kid back playing. I just hope he stays healthy for the rest of the regular and postseason.

    One of the reasons Pittsburgh has reeled off 10 straight wins is the play of MVP candidate Evgeni Malkin, who had this to say after his team recently beat Boston: "I not think about my points now, the season continues and playoffs come soon."
    #INotThinkPlayPittsburghFirstRoundFun

  3. Speaking of Boston... The Bruins are struggling as they are 2-6-0 in their last eight games, 3-8-0 in March after a very mediocre 5-7-1 record in February. As a matter of fact, the four teams who made it to the Conference Finals last year haven’t exactly fared well in March. Vancouver is 2-4-0, Tampa Bay is 3-3-1 and San Jose is 2-3-3. The four teams combined records for March is 10-16-4.
    #TampaStrugglingButStamkosKeepsOnRolling_ScoredGoalNumber50vsBoston

  4. Speaking of scoring while your team struggles... Since the beginning of February the Sharks have scored 54 goals. Joe Thornton has 26 points so he has been in on 48.1% of the Sharks goals in the last 6 weeks.

    Thornton had multi-point efforts in three games of the recent four-game road trip with three assists in Dallas, a goal and assist in Edmonton and a pair of assists in Calgary. The Sharks captain has been in on eight of the nine goals over the past five games.
    #LeadByExample
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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 Wednesday, 03.14.2012 / 3:50 PM
By Dan Rusanowsky - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

Do you remember the way that the San Jose Sharks fought back from an 0-3 deficit in a Stanley Cup playoff series to force a decisive Game Seven?

If you check the history books, you won’t find any such series, but it actually happened, even though there is no definitive record of such an event ever taking place.

It was the spring of 2008, and the Sharks were facing elimination in the Western Conference Semifinal round against their Pacific Division rivals, the Dallas Stars. Instead of throwing in the towel, they won Game Four, 2-1, at American Airlines Center, and kept the series alive. On the glimmer of hope that they received, they captured victory in Game Five, 3-2 in overtime, on the strength of a Joe Pavelski goal in the extra session.

Heading back to Dallas for Game Six, the hope was to force a Game Seven, but the history books show that San Jose lost that contest. What is misunderstood is that the team did force a Game Seven, but that it didn’t take place at HP Pavilion, as the original schedule indicated.

Instead, Game Seven of that series happened on the very same night, May 4, 2008, at American Airlines Center in Dallas. You may remember the drill: the game was tied, 1-1, at the end of regulation time. Evgeni Nabokov made one of the greatest saves in franchise history against Brad Richards early in the first overtime, and the Sharks and Stars would play three full overtime periods, the equivalent of another full game, on that night, without a decision.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.14.2012 / 2:33 PM
By Frank Albin - Director of Broadcasting / The Daily Chomp



--With just over three weeks remaining in the NHL regular season it appears we are primed to see an exciting roller coaster of a playoff race. In the west, seeds 7 through 11 are separated by just one point. Good new for Sharks fans is the fact that the club seems to be playing better, having just taken three of a possible points in western Canada. But for the Sharks and others in the west…playoff hockey is already here. As Drew Remenda likes to say, hockey is all about momentum. In my mind Nashville has momentum and will be very tough to beat in the west. They are well coached, have sneaky good depth, solid defense and perhaps the best goalie in the world in Pekka Rinne.

--Where did the St. Louis Blues come from? After a slow start that cost Davis Payne his job, the Blues, under Ken Hitchcock has become almost unbeatable. In hockey there’s will and there’s skill. The Blues have both, and their consistent work ethic and great energy has them first in the West. They’re a young team just now seeing success. It will be interesting to see what they can do in the playoffs.

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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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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 6 5 1 0 21 13 10
2 NSH 6 4 0 2 16 11 10
3 CHI 5 4 0 1 16 7 9
4 LAK 6 4 1 1 15 10 9
5 SJS 7 4 2 1 23 20 9
6 CGY 8 4 3 1 20 19 9
7 DAL 6 3 1 2 21 20 8
8 VAN 5 3 2 0 16 16 6
9 STL 5 2 2 1 12 9 5
10 ARI 5 2 2 1 16 22 5
11 MIN 4 2 2 0 10 4 4
12 WPG 6 2 4 0 11 16 4
13 COL 7 1 4 2 12 24 4
14 EDM 6 1 4 1 14 27 3

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Marleau 7 4 5 -1 9
B. Burns 7 1 7 0 8
J. Thornton 7 2 5 4 7
L. Couture 7 3 3 -1 6
J. Pavelski 7 2 4 4 6
T. Wingels 7 3 2 -1 5
M. Irwin 5 2 1 -2 3
M. Nieto 7 1 2 3 3
J. Braun 7 0 3 3 3
T. Hertl 7 2 0 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 1 1 1 .933 2.27
A. Niemi 3 1 0 .920 2.70
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