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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.22.2012 / 10:25 AM
By Randy Hahn - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp



SHARKS AND THE DIVISION RACE

Welcome to the dog days of the NHL season. The All Star game is in the rear view mirror and the trade deadline is still a week away.  It’s been a rough stretch for the Sharks who have points in only 4 of 10 games this month and on the mega road trip they have 3 points so far out of a possible 12. All of the sudden a .500 road trip sounds pretty good.

The upside is that the Sharks still have 24 games to play, almost a third of their season. And they remain on top of the Pacific Division tied with the suddenly charging Phoenix (8-1-1 last 10). With the LA Kings 3 points behind San Jose, it’s looking like a three team race for the division crown. Phoenix beat LA last night for their final regular season matchup. Then down the stretch in March and April the Sharks face both the Kings and Coyotes three times each. Therein may lie the season, at least from the standpoint of winning the division. And in the Pacific Division this year if you don’t win it outright you’ll be in a dogfight to get into the post season at all.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 12:30 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp


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

VLASIC WILL PLAY, WILL WEAR FULL CAGE
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic will be in the lineup tonight, albeit with a full cage to protect his face after taking a puck up high during Sunday's 3-2 loss at Detroit and forward Torrey Mitchell may be out of the lineup.
[ Working the Corners ]

NIEMI TO START, WILL BAD BLOOD BETWEEN TEAMS CONTINUE?
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that it will be Antti Niemi in goal and talked with Andrew Desjardins (receiving end of a hit by Dane Byers that resulted in a suspension) and Dan Boyle (near fight with Rick Nash on Jan. 5, fight with Derick Brassard on Jan. 31) about the continued nastiness in the meetings between these two teams.
[ Sharks Talk ]

BLACKWELL NAMED WALTER BROWN AWARD SEMI-FINALIST
Sharks prospect Colin Blackwell (7th round, 194th overall in 2011) was among the 21 Division I players named semi-finalists for the 60th Walter Brown Award on Monday. The award is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.
[ USCHO.com ]

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.20.2012 / 1:15 PM
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.

Q: When a team scores on a delayed penalty, is it considered a power play goal or even strength? Also, if they score on a delayed penalty, do they still go on the power play?
– Johnnie H.


TDC: In the Sharks 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames on February 8, 2012 Logan Couture scored at 6:29 in the second period. Couture scored his 23rd goal of the season during a delayed penalty when he beat Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff with a wrist shot from the top of the circle.



Looking at the stat sheet for that goal, you can see that the skaters on the ice for the Sharks were numbers 3, 12, 19, 29, 39, 88; number 31 (Antti Niemi) was not on the ice. The play was recorded as an even strength goal because each team had six total skaters on the ice and San Jose did not have a man-advantage.




Rule 15.2 Calling a Minor Penalty states - If the penalty to be imposed is a minor penalty and a goal is scored on the play by the non-offending side, the minor penalty shall not be imposed but major and match penalties shall be imposed in the normal manner regardless of whether or not a goal is scored.

In this case, Couture scored before the Flames touched the puck and the minor penalty was not imposed.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.18.2012 / 7:01 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp


With the Sharks and the Red Wings set to face each other on Sunday morning in Detroit, here are the links you need to read before the game:

MURRAY OUT AGAINST DETROIT, NIEMI IN GOAL?
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray will not play against the Red Wings on Sunday and that he's under the "distinct impression" that Antti Niemi will start in goal.
[ Working the Corners ]

POSSIBLE CHANGES ON DEFENSE
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that it's "very likely" that defenseman Jason Demers will be available for the Sharks on Sunday, hinting at the possibility of some lineup changes.
[ Sharks Talk ]

RED WINGS TAKE PRACTICE OUTDOORS FOR HWAA
Red Wings beat writer George Sipple reports that 2,000 fans showed up to watch Detroit's outdoor practice on Saturday at Clark Park. In helping celebrate Hockey Weekend Across America, the Red Wings organization accepted hockey equipment, canned food and cash donations for admission into the event.
[ Detroit Free Press ]

MacDONALD TO START AGAINST SHARKS
Red Wings beat writer Ansar Khan reports that goaltender Joey MacDonald will make his seventh consecutive start when the Red Wings face the Sharks on Sunday. Detroit is currently riding an NHL-record 22-game home winning streak that began back on Nov. 5, 2011.
[ MLive.com ]

SHARKS AND RED WINGS PREVIEW
The Associated Press previews Sunday's matinee game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.17.2012 / 1:14 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp


Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. Joe Thornton, with his three assists against Washington, has now had three or more assists in a game 49 times in his career. That’s second among active players, with only Jaromir Jagr with 56, having done it more.
    #RememberJumboYourDadWantsYouToShootMore

  2. Speaking of Joe, how about The Big Pavelski. In the 7 games prior to the Tampa game, Pavs has 5 goals, 5 assists, is +2 and has 26 shots. How important is Pavelski – check out these impressive stats:

    61.9 Faceoff % - 1st NHL
    22 Goals – T 21st NHL
    Plus 15 – T 21st NHL Forwards
    52 Takeaways – T 9th NHL
    55 Blocked Shots – T 9th NHL Forwards
    Road stats: 26 games, 11 goals, 13 assists, 24 points, +14
    #Heart_Compete_HockeySense_GoALongWayDon’tThey!!!

  3. The Sharks victory on Oct. 28 was important at the time, but looking back it’s downright impressive. That night the Sharks beat Detroit -- in Detroit no less -- by the score of 4-2. It was only one of two regulation losses the Wings have had all season at The Joe. The other was on Nov. 3 to Calgary. Since then they have set a new NHL record by winning 21 straight home games.
    #BigTestForSharksThisSundayInDetroit_Remember9:30amStartInCalifornia

  4. Here is how the Sharks have fared this year when:

    Giving up 2 or less Goals. 29 times, 24-4-1, .845 points percentage
    Giving up 3 or more Goals, 25 times, 6-13-6, .360 points percentage
    #ToScoreMore_OrGiveUpLess_ThatIsTheQuestion?
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POSTED ON Friday, 02.17.2012 / 11:07 AM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp


With the Sharks and the Hurricanes set to face each other on Friday night in Raleigh, here are the links you need to read before the game:

PODCAST PREVIEW: GREISS GETS THE START
Sharks radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky reports that it will be Thomas Greiss in goal, Douglas Murray will not play, and checks in from Raleigh with comments from the recently acquired Dominic Moore, defenseman Colin White and head coach Todd McLellan.
[ Sharks Radio Network ]

McLELLAN'S BLUNT ASSESSMENT, TRAVEL HICCUP FOR SHARKS
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports on Sharks head coach Todd McLellan's blunt comments following San Jose's 6-5 OT loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night, and inclement weather in the Raleigh area forces the Sharks to stay an extra night in Tampa.
[ Working the Corners ]

COUTURE: MOORE IS 'DEFINITELY GOING TO HELP US'
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz recaps Thursday night's game in Tampa with additional info on Douglas Murray's precautionary trip to the hospital after taking a puck in the throat and comments from Logan Couture on the newest Shark.
[ Sharks Talk ]

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 11:09 AM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp


With the Sharks and the Lightning set to face each other on Thursday night in Tampa, here are the links you need to read before the game:

NIEMI BACK IN GOAL, KUBINA OUT FOR TAMPA
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina will not dress against the Sharks -- or any other opponent -- while the organization looks to trade the veteran defenseman. He also noted that it will be Antti Niemi against Dwayne Roloson in goal.
[ Working the Corners ]

WINGELS ON SECOND LINE
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that Tommy Wingels will start tonight's game alongside Logan Couture and Ryane Clowe on San Jose's second line.
[ Sharks Talk ]

STALOCK: THRILLED TO BE BACK ON THE ICE
Mercury news reporter Mark Emmons tracks Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock's rehabilitation, a journey that has taken him from Stockton, California back to Worcester, Massachusetts the season after a freak injury nearly ended his career.
[ Mercury News ]

SEXSMITH: A CHANCE TO PROVE HIMSELF
Sports writer Steve Ewen with a feature on Tyson Sexsmith -- the 2007 Memorial Cup winning goaltender with the Vancouver Giants and 2012 AHL All-Star Game starter from the Worcester Sharks -- on his stellar season.
[ The Province ]

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.14.2012 / 2:09 PM
By Dan Rusanowsky - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp


When you go on a long road trip, there are lots of stories surrounding planes, trains, and automobiles, but there are lots of hockey stories, too, usually told during games, but sometimes, around locker rooms.

Monday’s game in Washington provided a few examples. Following a late-night flight from St. Louis after a disappointing loss to the Blues, the men in Teal woke up the next morning and bussed straight to the Verizon Center, home of the Washington Capitals, for a meeting and optional skate.

It was an exciting, yet bittersweet day for right winger Tommy Wingels. He was excited to be back in the lineup after missing nine games with an upper-body injury. But he was going to be stepping on the Verizon Center ice surface for the first time since 2009, when he did so as a member of the Miami University team in the NCAA Championship game.

On that particular day, Miami had a 3-1 lead with one minute to play. But Boston University scored twice in the final minute to force overtime, then shocked the Red Hawks with an overtime winner for the national title.

That’s a story in itself for Wingels, but guess who his roommate was in our nation’s capital? That’s right: John McCarthy, co-captain of the Boston University team that won on that fateful day.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.14.2012 / 1:34 PM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp


In the month of December, sjsharks.com unveiled a new daily blog meant to keep Sharks fans up to date with events and news items about their team and throughout the sport of hockey.

To help give fans ownership over the blog, there was a contest held to have fans help name the new feature. After nearly 200 submitted names, The Daily Chomp quickly rose to the top of the list as a finalist and it was later voted as the new name of the Sharks official blog. Five Sharks fans suggested "The Daily Chomp". They were each invited  to a Sharks game and asked to share their experience in the blog they helped name. Here are the final two winners of the Sharks Blog Name Contest:

BRIANA TAYLOR

Despite witnessing some heartbreaking losses, I've never truly left the Tank regretful. Frustrated? Yes. Disappointed? Of course; not every game will go our way. But with an atmosphere so electric, a community of fans so passionate, and a team so humble, how could I ever leave the Pavilion regretting my decision to show up that night? As for last month's game against the Blue Jackets, there was no question. The Sharks delivered a game so exciting that my dad and I could hardly believe our luck. It had everything — an offensive explosion, total domination, even those controversial extracurriculars. Passion and energy exuded from every player and permeated through the arena. It was the Sharks at their best. Hockey at its best.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.13.2012 / 11:51 AM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp


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

GREISS GETS THE CALL IN GOAL
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that Thomas Greiss will start in net for the Sharks, facing the Capitals for the first time in his career. Opposite Greiss will be Washington's Michal Neuvirth.
[ Sharks Talk ]

HITCHCOCK TALKS OF RESPECT FACTOR FOR SHARKS
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports on postgame comments from Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock on his clubs "respect factor" for the Sharks.
[ Working the Corners ]

GORMLEY: 'CAPITALS GETTING NO RESPECT'
CSN Washington's Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley says being in 9th place in the Eastern Conference has its privileges, referencing that the Capitals will see a team's backup goaltender for the 21st time this season. A lack of respect for the Capitals, or back-to-back games for San Jose with a 710-mile flight overnight?
[ CSNWashington.com ]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
WashingtonCaps.com senior writer Mike Vogel looks at Monday's matchup, discussing the two teams' only previous matchup this season, a 5-2 Sharks victory on Jan. 7, 2012 in San Jose.
[ WashingtonCaps.com ]

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

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 22 13 4 5 60 54 31
2 STL 21 14 6 1 57 43 29
3 VAN 21 14 6 1 65 61 29
4 NSH 20 13 5 2 57 42 28
5 CGY 22 13 7 2 71 61 28
6 LAK 21 11 6 4 57 49 26
7 CHI 21 12 8 1 63 44 25
8 SJS 23 10 9 4 62 64 24
9 WPG 22 10 9 3 45 51 23
10 MIN 19 11 8 0 54 43 22
11 DAL 21 8 9 4 61 72 20
12 ARI 22 9 11 2 54 67 20
13 COL 21 7 9 5 53 67 19
14 EDM 21 6 13 2 49 74 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Thornton 23 7 13 1 20
J. Pavelski 23 9 10 3 19
L. Couture 23 8 11 0 19
B. Burns 23 7 12 -7 19
P. Marleau 23 6 12 -4 18
T. Wingels 23 6 5 -3 11
T. Hertl 23 4 6 -1 10
M. Nieto 22 1 6 -1 7
J. Braun 23 0 7 8 7
M. Vlasic 23 2 4 10 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 2 2 1 .925 2.38
A. Niemi 7 6 3 .915 2.58
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