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 Friday, 03.09.2012 / 11:58 AM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp

Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. The Sharks, more than any other team in the Pacific Division, control their destiny to win the Division. Why? Because the Sharks have twice as many divisional games left compared to the other teams – so if they do well in those games they should be in a solid position to finish 3rd in the Western Conference. Here are each team’s Pacific Division records and how many divisional games they have left this year.

    ANA 8-9-2, 5 games left (2 vs SJ)
    DAL 10-9-1, 4 games left (2 vs SJ)
    LAK 11-4-5, 4 games left (3 vs SJ)
    PHX 10-6-3, 5 games left (3 vs SJ)
    SJS 7-6-1, 10 games left (4 at home, 6 on the road)
    #NeverSayNever

  2. Excuses like not scoring and injuries are just that … excuses. In the NHL you have to find a way to win. The Blues average 2.54 goals per-game, which is tied for 19th in the NHL, but are 1st in the West with 91 points. While the Sharks would like to score more (who wouldn’t) they are still 12th in NHL in goals/game with an average of 2.69.

    The Penguins have 308 total man-games lost this year but are in 4th place with 85 points in the East. As a matter of fact, there are only 3 teams with less man-games lost than the Sharks, and they are the Bruins (71), Blackhawks (100) and Predators (120). The Sharks with 122 man-games lost to injury, have less than half than 11 teams including the Blues (268), Panthers (291), Flyers (306) and Jets (245) who are currently in the playoffs.
    #FindAWayToWin

  3. Special Teams are important, the question is how important are they?

    • Montreal has the best PK in the league and is in 15th place in the East.
    • Edmonton has the best PP in the league and is in 29th place in the overall standings.
    • The NY Rangers have the 29th best PP, or 2nd worst in the league. They are in 1st place in the East with 91 points.
    • Ottawa, Philly, Winnipeg, Florida, Chicago and San Jose are all in the bottom 10 in PK in the league and all are in position to make the playoffs.
    #FindAWayToWin
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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 Wednesday, 03.07.2012 / 3:03 PM
By Randy Hahn - Sharks TV, Play-by-Play Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp


30 DAYS OF FINGER CROSSING AND SCOREBOARD WATCHING

So this is what it’s going to be like for the next month!

There was a point in the first period during Wednesday night’s Sharks vs. Oilers game when depending on the outcome, and the other games underway in the NHL, the Sharks might have finished the night in 10th place in the Western Conference or in 3rd. That’s how crazy-tight things are with exactly thirty days to go in the season. As it turned out the Sharks picked up a precious point and finished the night alone in 8th place, but tied in actual points with both Los Angeles and Colorado.

Looking up, the Sharks are just one point away from 7th placed Phoenix and three points back of division-leading Dallas. The Sharks have 17 games left. Of those 17 games, 13 are against teams that are either trying to catch them or against teams the Sharks are trying to catch.

I’m guessing your average fan would rather the team be locked into a playoff spot by now and just jockeying for position. But that’s not the way things are unfolding this year. Everything’s up in the air. There are no guarantees. Each and every one of the last 17 games is huge.

It’s the playoffs BEFORE the playoffs. Nerve wracking? Yes. But it’s a great time to be a hockey fan.

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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 Monday, 03.05.2012 / 3:11 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.

Why didn't play stop when the goal got shunted (in reference to a play in recent home game between the Sharks and Blues)?
- Aussie Phill



TDC: In last Saturday’s game, with the Sharks trailing the Blues by two goals in the third period, forward Logan Couture was involved in a race for the puck in his offensive end of the ice. While he and the opposing player raced up the ice, there was a battle for leverage and position that sent both players sprawling to the ground. Couture’s momentum carried him in to the post of the Blues net, dislodging it from its pegs. The referee made the decision that Couture knocked the net off on his own. Combining that with the fact that the Blues had seized possession of the puck and were now making their way out of their defensive zone, the referee delayed in blowing the play dead until a Sharks player made contact with the puck.

Here is how the NHL rule book describes the referees handling of the play:

When the net is accidentally displaced by an attacking player, and the defending side is in possession of the puck and moving out of their zone, play shall be permitted to continue until such time as the non-offending team loses possession of the puck. The resulting face-off will take place at a face-off spot in the zone nearest the location where the play was stopped, unless it is in the non-offending team’s defending zone, and as such the ensuing face-off would be outside the blue line at one of the face-off spots in the neutral zone. It is possible for a goal to be scored at one end of the rink while the net at the other end has been dislodged, provided that the team being scored upon is the team responsible for dislodging the net at the other end of the rink.

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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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POSTED ON Friday, 03.02.2012 / 3:47 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp


Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. So after the 2-6-1 road trip the Sharks, to a man, said they had to play better defensively. So they give up one goal in the following two home games and still only get 2 points. It’s playoff hockey time folks, and Ryan Miller reminded us he is one of the best goaltenders in the world when he’s on his game.
    #TheBestLaidPlans

  2. Since the All-Star break, the Sharks have struggled going 6-9-1. But it’s not because of lack of leadership from Captain Joe Thornton. In the past 16 games, Jumbo has 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) and is a plus-3.
    #MasterOfTheGame

  3. It’s official, concussions are now an epidemic in the NHL this year. It’s bad enough that Jonathan Toews and Kris Letang are now out with concussions, but Todd McLellan became the second coach this year to get a concussion and miss games because of it.
    #TheDoomsdayConspiracy
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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.01.2012 / 1:50 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp



With the Sharks and the Sabres 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:

COUTURE A GAME-TIME DECISION, McLELLAN RECOVERING
Sharks assistant coach Jay Woodcroft again addressed the media on behalf of head coach Todd McLellan -- who will miss his second game due to concussion-like symptoms -- informing the media that center Logan Couture will be a game-time decision.
[ SharksTV ]

MOORE RETURNS, NIEMI TO START
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that center Dominic Moore will return to the lineup, while defenseman Douglas Murray and winger Marty Havlat are close in their respective recoveries from injury.
[ Working the Corners ]

ELUSIVE BACK-TO-BACK VICTORIES, DESJARDINS MAY BE OUT
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that the Sharks are looking for their first set of back-to-back victories in nearly a month, and Moore will center the third line between TJ Galiardi and Tommy Wingels.
[ Sharks Talk ]

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SCHEDULE

HOME
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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