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POSTED ON Sunday, 02.12.2012 / 9:27 AM PT
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:

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 ]

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 ]

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.
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BEHIND ENEMY LINES 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 writer Tal Pinchevsky previews Sunday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
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POSTED ON Friday, 02.10.2012 / 1:08 PM PT
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. The Sharks have seven games remaining against Eastern Conference teams, including four on the upcoming road trip. Here is how the Sharks have fared this year and the previous three seasons against the East and how their record ranks among Western Conference teams:

    2011-12: 8-3-0, 3rd (STL 11-0-2; COL 10-2-0)
    2010-11: 9-8-1, 12th
    2009-10: 12-4-2, T-2nd
    2008-09: 12-3-3, 1st

  2. It's that time of year to focus on the special teams trends instead of the percentage for the entire year. The Sharks PP success and PK struggles back in October are really irrelevant right now. Here are the totals for 5-game segments for the past 25 games:

    Last 5 PP: 5-13, 38.5%; PK: 8-10, 80.0%
    Last 10 PP: 7-24, 29.2%; PK: 17-20, 85.0%
    Last 15 PP: 11-42, 25.0%; PK: 24-28, 85.7%
    Last 20 PP: 12-60, 20.0%; PK: 40-47, 85.1%
    Last 25 PP: 16-75, 21.3%; PK: 51-61, 83.6%

  3. St. Louis started the season 6-7-0 before making a coaching change. Since then the Blues are 26-7-7 and one of the most impressive teams in the NHL. Sunday’s game against the Blues, who are 2-0-0 against the Sharks this year and 22-3-4 at home, should have a playoff feel to it.

  4. When I analyze a hockey player I consider the following five attributes: compete level, hockey sense, skating, puck skills and size.
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POSTED ON Friday, 02.10.2012 / 11:07 AM PT
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:

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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.
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SHARKS AND BLACKHAWKS PREVIEW writer David Kalan previews Friday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.9.2012 / 8:37 AM PT
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.

POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.8.2012 / 7:25 AM PT
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 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 writer Matthew Mankiewich previews Wednesday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.7.2012 / 7:50 AM PT
By Randy Hahn - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp


The Sharks don’t leave for their annual “Tennis Road Trip” until Saturday, but some of the media members who cover the team have already started looking ahead to the nine game 16 day odyssey and admittedly we’ve also discussed the trip on our Comcast SportsNet California broadcasts.

To make matters even more interesting the Sharks will play 17 games over 31 days in March. It looks like a grueling 26 game stretch. However I really like Head Coach Todd McLellan’s take on things when he said, “The talk of us having a grind in the schedule, I don’t agree with. I think there are five teams that play 17 games in March. I don’t want to hear about it anymore. I want our group to come to the rink and get prepared to play one game of a time.“

Obviously McLellan has been aware of the challenges this seasons schedule presents since the day it came out. It’s part of his job to keep the players in an “in the moment” frame of mind. From his standpoint what’s the use worrying about back to back games at St. Louis and Washington next weekend when he’s got to get his team ready to play a desperate Calgary Flames team this Wednesday.

NHL coaches rarely complain about injuries or the schedule. To do so gives players a built in excuse if things don’t go well. Will the “Tennis Road Trip” and the “March through March” be a challenge? Of course it will. And it seems to me that facing challenges and overcoming them is absolutely required of any team with championship hopes.


The Sharks annual father’s road trip was another smashing success with 26 of the players and coaches dads making the journey to Arizona. It’s always fun for me to renew acquaintances with the fathers that I’ve met before and to meet the new ones. And I always find out some interesting things about these men, whose sons have gone on to NHL fame. Hereare the top 5 interesting things I found out about the Sharks Fathers.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.6.2012 / 2:01 PM PT
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: Why is there rubber stripping on top of the boards and are they going to remove it?
- Sharon

TDC: Prior to the 2011-12 NHL season, both HP Pavilion and Sharks Ice (the Sharks practice facility) installed new dasher board systems and acrylic shielding to meet the NHL’s enhanced safety guidelines. The new boards feature a new “seamless acrylic” shielding system, designed by Sport Systems Athletica. The new boards give players ultimate shock absorption upon heavy impact. At the begininning of the season, Sharks captain Joe Thornton said, “[the boards] seem to be a little more lively than the old ones, the old ones used to just die. These, they’ve got a lot of jump to them and they’re really smooth.”

Along with the new boards, a SoftCap rail system that looks like a rubber strip was installed for injury prevention. The new SoftCap strip features air pockets that are designed to help prevent face and head injuries when players are checked face first into the boards.

Q: When is Martin Havlat coming back?
- Oscar C.

TDC: Sharks forward Martin Havlat was injured on December 17, 2011 against the Edmonton Oilers when his leg got caught trying to step over the boards for a line change. The newest update on Havlat's injury came today when CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz tweeted that "[Sharks GM] Doug Wilson says Havlat will start skating in the 'near future,' but wouldn't specify exactly when."

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.6.2012 / 12:32 PM PT
By Dan Rusanowsky - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

I always enjoy reading, hearing, and talking about old hockey stories, and when a modern day event converges on history, it’s always an interesting exercise to look back at similar events that shaped the NHL game and weave them all together into a interesting tapestry.

It happened again this past week, as Edmonton’s Sam Gagner lit up the Chicago Blackhawks with four goals and four assists in a season where scoring goals is becoming an increasingly difficult thing to accomplish.

In the current age of neutral zone traps, big guys with great range and speed, and outstanding defense, it was incredible to see Gagner become the first player to record eight points in a game since Mario Lemieux did it for the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 31, 1988, a little over 23 years earlier. It was also great to note that in the official scoresheet, Gagner is the only star mentioned in the three stars section, since he was the first, second, and third stars of the game with that performance.

Gagner didn’t have his big night against an undermanned, last place club, either. He did it against the Chicago Blackhawks, one of the top teams in the League. While it wasn’t the most points ever recorded by a player in a game (Darryl Sittler of Toronto scored 6 goals and 4 assists in a memorable night against Boston on February 7, 1976), it equaled a mark originally set by Maurice “Rocket” Richard on December 28, 1944, when the hockey legend scored five goals and three assists against a Detroit Red Wings sextet at the Forum.

All of this discussion of Lemieux and Richard brought me into the tapestry weaving business. So, without further ado, let’s start weaving:

The Canadiens’ media guide, also known as the “Guide de Presse,” does not mention this game in the “en un coup d’oeil” section, also known as the “at a glance” area in the 1943-44 season summary. It does mention, however, that the Rocket wound up becoming the first-ever 50 goal scorer in an NHL season, notching his 50th on the final night of the season, in the Canadiens’ 50th game. Thus, the legend of “50 goals in 50 games” was born, and it wouldn’t have happened had the Rocket not had this memorable night, which was unprecedented in the NHL at the time.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.4.2012 / 10:37 AM PT
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:

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 ]

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
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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 writer Dave Vest previews the game from the Coyotes point of view, including players to watch and key injuries.
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SHARKS AND COYOTES PREVIEW writer Dave Lozo previews Saturday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
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POSTED ON Friday, 02.3.2012 / 8:28 AM PT
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. The Sharks are definitely ready for the stretch run and playoff hockey based on the number of 1-goal games they have played in this year. Heading into the Columbus game, 17 of the previous 22 games where decided by 1-goal. The Sharks record for 1-goal games this year is 13-8-6. While the record is important, it's the experience of being in close games that is needed, especially in the playoffs. In a seven game series, it's the team that finds a way to win the 1-goal games that usually wins the series.

  2. Congrats to Dan Boyle on playing in his 800th NHL game this past week. Boyler has beaten the odds because many people never thought he would make the NHL, let alone be a key contributor to winning the Stanley Cup and playing 800 games. Here are Dan's answers to:

    • Biggest obstacle to making the NHL? "People believing in me, especially because of my size"
    • Biggest influence? "My dad and Bill Davich (broadcaster with the BlueJackets) who convinced Florida to sign me"
    • Favorite player growing up? "Brian Leetch"
  3. #SometimesYouJustNeedSomeoneToBelieveInYou

  4. Congrats to Brent Burns on playing in his 500th NHL game this past week. Burns converted to defense when he turned pro, has played in one All-Star game and is the type of player that contributes in many ways and all situations. Here are Brent's answers to:

    • Biggest obstacle to making the NHL? "Having confidence, realizing I was good enough to play in this league"
    • Biggest Influence? "My dad"
    • Favorite player growing up? "Mark Messier and Steve Yzerman"
  5. #WatchBurnsFlourishAsHeHasGainedConfidenceAdjustingToSharkHockey

  6. Congrats to Douglas Murray on playing in this 400th NHL game this past week. The 'Crankshaft' is big, strong and very smart. It's not easy having the body of a middle linebacker trying to make the NHL in an age that better suits a smaller, faster player. Here are Douglas' answers to:

    • Biggest obstacle to making the NHL? "Skating"
    • Biggest influence? - "My grandfather"
    • Favorite player growing up? "Marcus Ragnuson (who used to play for the Sharks) and Scott Stevens"
  7. #ThereIsn'tAPlayerInTheLeagueThatWouldn'tWantTheCrankshaftOnTheirTeam

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1 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
2 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
3 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
4 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
5 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
6 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
7 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70


J. Thornton 82 19 63 25 82
J. Pavelski 82 38 40 25 78
B. Burns 82 27 48 -5 75
P. Marleau 82 25 23 -22 48
T. Hertl 81 21 25 16 46
J. Ward 79 21 22 -15 43
M. Vlasic 67 8 31 15 39
L. Couture 52 15 21 2 36
J. Donskoi 76 11 25 4 36
J. Braun 80 4 19 11 23
M. Jones 37 23 4 .918 2.27
A. Stalock 3 5 2 .884 2.94
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