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POSTED ON Sunday, 02.12.2012 / 12:27 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp


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

VANDERMEER TO SKATE AT FORWARD
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that the gritty and versatile Jim Vandermeer is expected to skate on the Sharks fourth line in place of John McCarthy as the Sharks kick off their season-long nine-game road trip on Sunday night in St. Louis.
[ Sharks Talk ]

NIEMI VS HALAK IN GOAL, DEMERS BACK SKATING
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that it will be goaltenders Antti Niemi and Jaroslav Halak in goal on Sunday and defenseman Jason Demers skated Sunday morning for just the second time since being placed on injured reserve.
[ Working the Corners ]

SOMMER JOINS THE 500 CLUB
Worcester Sharks Head Coach Roy Sommer made AHL history on Saturday night, becoming just the fourth coach to amass 500 career wins. Sommer is looking for win No. 501 today against Portland.
[ SharksAHL.com ]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
stlouisblues.com writer Chris Pinkert reports that Blues forward Andy McDonald is set to return on Sunday night against the Sharks. The former Anaheim Duck had missed the last 51 games with a concussion.
[ St. Louis Blues Online ]

SHARKS AND BLUES PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Tal Pinchevsky previews Sunday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.10.2012 / 2:07 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp



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

COACH, TEAM HAS CONFIDENCE IN NIEMI
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told the media this morning that Antti Niemi is 'due for a good game and we believe in him' when asked about his starting goaltender..
[ SharksTV ]

BOYLE RETURNS, NIEMI VS. CRAWFORD IN NET
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that defenseman Dan Boyle will return to the lineup after missing Wednesday night's contest against Calgary with the flu and touches on center Logan Couture quietly stringing together a nice points streak.
[ Working the Corners ]

SHUTTING DOWN 'CAPTAIN SERIOUS' AND 'CLARK KANE'
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports on what the Sharks must do in order to shutdown a talented Blackhawks scoring attack headlined by captain Jonathan Toews and winger Patrick Kane.
[ Sharks Talk ]

STAYING POSITIVE
ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers talks with Towes about the Blackhawks' six-game losing streak and how the team has been trying to stay positive.
[ ESPN Chicago ]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The Blackhawks have listed defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Steve Montador on their injury report, indicating they will not play tonight against the Sharks. Replacing them in the lineup will be Sami Lepisto and Dylan Olsen.
[ ChicagoBlackhawks.com ]

SHARKS AND BLACKHAWKS PREVIEW
NHL.com writer David Kalan previews Friday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.09.2012 / 11:37 AM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp

Hockey Hot Stove: Owen Nolan Edition

The Sharks Broadcasters are back with a special episode of the Hockey Hot Stove. In this installment, the crew checks in from Owen Nolan's retirement press conference, offering their favorite memories of 'Buster' and how his hockey legacy will be remembered in San Jose.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.08.2012 / 10:25 AM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp



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

SHARKS FOCUSED TWO-GAME SET AT HOME
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told the media this morning that his team is focused on the two-game mini-stand and cannot look ahead to the upcoming nine-game road trip.
[ SharksTV ]

400 FOR PAVELSKI, NOLAN TO DROP THE PUCK
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports on some possible line juggling by San Jose and the recently retired Owen Nolan dropping the ceremonial puck at tonight's match-up between two of his former teams.
[ Working the Corners ]

ROAD TRIP LOOMING AND THE FINN BATTLE IN NET
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports on San Jose's upcoming nine-game road trip and Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff's quest for his 300th career NHL victory.
[ Sharks Talk ]

SHARKS LOOKING FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS AGAINST FLAMES
Rogers Sportsnet West's Rob Kerr previews the game between the Sharks and Flames, including comments from both squads on the previous two match-ups.
[ Flames On Demand ]

SHARKS AND FLAMES PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Matthew Mankiewich previews Wednesday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]

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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.04.2012 / 1:37 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp


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

NIEMI BACK IN GOAL
Mercury News writer Mark Emmons reports that goaltender Antti Niemi will return to action on Saturday night after a brief one-game absence after taking a puck during Wednesday's practice.
[ Working the Corners ]

ANNOUNCEMENT EXPECTED FROM FORMER SHARKS CAPTAIN
The San Jose Sharks will hold a press conference on Tuesday, February 7, at which point Owen Nolan will make an announcement regarding the future of his hockey career. The media event at HP Pavilion will be carried live on sjsharks.com.
[ SJSHARKS.com ]

POWER PLAY SURGING
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports on a confident San Jose locker room and a surging Sharks power play. Read his game day blog 'What to Watch For' on Sharks Talk.
[ Sharks Talk ]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
PhoenixCoyotes.com writer Dave Vest previews the game from the Coyotes point of view, including players to watch and key injuries.
[ NHL.com ]

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

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.02.2012 / 12:59 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp


With the Sharks and the Stars 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:

SHARKS GOALTENDER SHUFFLE
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told the media this morning that goaltender Antti Niemi will not play or backup after being struck by a puck in practice on Wednesday, Thomas Greiss will start, AHL All-Star goaltender Tyson Sexsmith has been recalled and will backup, and Antero Niittymaki has been assigned to Worcester to play some games.
[ SharksTV ]

DEMERS TO INJURED RESERVE, WAS IT RICCI ON THE ICY KNOLL?
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reported earlier on Niemi's minor injury with a quote from the goaltender himself with insight as to who the shooter of the puck may have been.
[ Working the Corners ]

T-PLUSH DOES HOCKEY
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and Bay Area native Nyjer Morgan (a.k.a. Tony Plush) skated with the Sharks at Wednesday's practice. Morgan, the self-proclaimed die-hard Sharks fan, was a very good hockey player growing up, making it all the way to the top Canadian junior level before switching his focus to baseball.
[ SJSHARKS.com ]

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.31.2012 / 3:03 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp



With the Sharks and the Blue Jackets 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:

CLOWE OUT, BURNS RETURNS FOR 500TH CAREER GAME
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told the media this morning that alternate captain Ryane Clowe is out of the lineup while he continues to recover from a facial injury.
[ SharksTV ]

CLOWE COULD RETURN THURSDAY AGAINST DALLAS
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that Clowe could return as early as Thursday night against the Stars, and that defenseman Jason Demers is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury.
[ Working the Corners ]

STARTING THE SECOND HALF
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reporting on what the Sharks must do to get back to game action after a week-long break for the 2012 NHL All-Star Game. Read his game day blog 'What to Watch For' on Sharks Talk.
[ Sharks Talk ]

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POSTED ON Saturday, 01.28.2012 / 9:43 AM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp



OTTAWA, Ontario -- The lone event scheduled for Friday of the 2012 NHL All-Star weekend was the player and coaches media availability. Sharks head coach Todd McLellan and All-Star Logan Couture met with members of the print and television media to discuss -- among many, many other things -- how the teams are shaping up following Thursday night's All-Star Fantasy Draft.

Couture was a good sport, answering numerous questions about the previous night's draft and being selected with the last pick.

"I woke up today, still had a good laugh about it," he said. "It was a fun experience for me to go through. I definitely enjoyed it. I gained 7,000 more Twitter followers because of it. My phone has been non-stop flashing."

As the coaches arrived, the NHL released the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition lineups for Team Alfredsson and Team Chara. Couture was selected by Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to participate in the Allstate Insurance NHL Breakaway Challenge (part trick shot, part slam dunk contest) and the G Series NHL Skills Challenge Relay (stick handling portion).

Last year as one of the rookies, Couture participated in the accuracy shooting competition and the elimination shootout.

The breakaway challenge has become one of the skills competition's signature events and all eyes will once again be on Couture. With skills like hardest shot, fastest skater, accuracy shooting, players can rely on muscle memory and the thousands of hours they put into their training.

But for the breakaway challenge, players must find that balance between showcasing their puckhandling skills and entertaining the crowd by showcasing their personalities. Couture was candid when asked about his role in Saturday night's exhibition.

"I think a little nervous, I’m sure," he said. "Once it starts to get going and I realize I have to do that skilled breakaway thing, I think I’ll be really nervous."

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.27.2012 / 10:31 AM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp


OTTAWA, Ontario -- Good afternoon from the cold and snowy Capital of Canada. Sharks head coach Todd McLellan and center Logan Couture are scheduled to meet with the media today at 1 PM Pacific / 4 PM Eastern and we wanted to give you the chance to ask them some questions at today's media availability.

Send us your questions on Facebook, tweet @SanJoseSharks using #AskSJS or email us at web@sjsharks.com and we'll have the Coach and Coutch answer the best ones. Check out SJSHARKS.com later today to see if your questions made the cut.

RIDEAU CANAL SKATEWAY CLOSED

The winter weather has claimed its first All-Star Weekend event. A combination of snow flurries, freezing rain and cool temperatures hit Ottawa overnight, continued all morning and has now moved into the afternoon hours. Currently it's 31°F and snowing, but feels considerably cooler with the wind chill.

Due to inclement weather, the Sens Foundation, Energizer® and the NHL® will move the inaurgural Energizer Night Skate to the Rink of Dreams at Marion Dewer Plaza in Ottawa. The Rideau Canal Skateway, the original location for the event, has been closed by the National Capital Commission due to poor ice conditions.

I had planned on skating in the night skate on the canal, but now may opt to instead skate on the canal tomorrow during the day. More info on that as it gets closer.

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.27.2012 / 5:20 AM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp



GATINEAU, Quebec -- Day One of the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend featured a full itinerary of travel and plenty of Sharks making headlines, culminating in the 2012 NHL Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft.

Sharks center Logan Couture, who played his junior hockey locally for the Ottawa 67's of the OHL, was the center of attention on Thursday night selected by Team Alfredsson with the final pick of the fantasy draft. Despite the dubious honor, Couture remained in good spirits earning a 2012 Honda Crosstour and $20,000 for the grassroots hockey charity of his choice.

Couture racked up 287 points in 232 career games over four seasons with the Ottawa 67's
Thursday night posed a unique situation for media covering the event. Due to the intimate size of the theatre where the draft show took place, there was no on-site media access but instead a media workroom setup to watch the draft show via television.

Fortunately, Sharks Director of Media Relations Scott Emmert was able to catch up with Couture and ask him about the experience so far.

"Guys have been blowing up my phone the past hour, asking if they can have the car," Couture said. "I had fun with it. You can’t take it personally. Being the young guy here, first time and playing on the West Coast, I knew it was a possibility.

"I just wanted to have a good time with it and I and I did. Jumbo (Sharks captain Joe Thornton) has been all over me, he loves it. They are pretty happy for me."

For Couture, it was a hectic 48 hours beginning with San Jose's 1-0 shutout win in Calgary on Tuesday night and ending with Thursday night's festivities.

"We left Calgary after the game and got back late because we got caught up with customs," he said. "But had a nice day on Wednesday to relax in San Jose. Flew out early this morning to the East Coast just before the draft."

At just 22 years old, Couture is at his second All-Star Weekend, participating as one of the rookies last year in Carolina. He resumes his busy schedule on Friday evening, first heading to the All-Star Media Availability, then he will have a special opportunity to see some familiar faces.

"It’s awesome, something I have definitely looked forward to since I was named to the team," he said, on returning to Ottawa. "I'm planning on going to the 67’s game tomorrow night. Hopefully see Killer (the legendary 67's coach Brian Kilrea) and my billets who I lived with here for four years. I love this city and the fans were great to me so it’s exciting to come back here."

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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Burns 1 1 1 2 2
M. Vlasic 1 1 1 1 2
T. Hertl 1 1 1 -1 2
J. Sheppard 1 0 2 -1 2
J. Thornton 1 1 0 1 1
P. Marleau 1 1 0 1 1
R. Torres 1 1 0 1 1
J. Pavelski 1 0 1 1 1
M. Brown 1 0 1 0 1
L. Couture 1 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 1 0 0 .912 3.00
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