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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.05.2012 / 9:00 AM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp



UPDATED AT 4:51 PM Pacific

It's game day in Southern California as the San Jose Sharks are ready to take on the Los Angeles Kings. A win on Thursday night is all the Sharks need to clinch a berth in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Check out the links below to prepare for the game. Be sure to circle back throughout the day as we'll update the Game Day Blog with current news, video interviews, and stories as they become available.

MURRAY OUT, SHARKS FOCUSED ON KINGS
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that the Sharks will be focused solely on getting things done in LA tonight and expect no help from others. Pollak also writes that Douglas Murray will likely not play, even if the defensemen is given the clear from trainers.
[ Working the Corners ]

SHARKS LOOK TO TAKE CARE OF OWN BUSINESS IN LA
CSN California Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz checks in with his "What to Watch For" game preview where he says the Sharks will have the mentality set to taking care of their own business. Kurz also expects that San Jose will use a similar lineup as fans have seen in the past two games.
[ Sharks Talk ]

SUTTER NOT TAKING SHARKS LIGHTLY
LA  Kings Insider Rich Hammond caught up with Kings coach Darryl Sutter and asked for his impressions on the Sharks recent two game sweep against the Stars.
[ LA Kings Insider ]

KINGS' RICHARDS: "IT GETS YOU READY FOR THE PLAYOFFS"
LA Times reporter Helene Elliot spoke with Kings forward Mike Richards about how a playoff push in the final month of the regular season can prepare a team for a postseason run.
[ Los Angeles Times ]


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POSTED ON Monday, 04.02.2012 / 11:48 AM
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.


What is the rule about penalties expiring when a goal is scored during a 4-on-4 situation?
- Nicole G.


TDC: In the video posted above, you can see a highlight of Joe Pavelski scoring a goal when the Sharks and Stars were each using just four skaters on the ice. This was a result of a penalty served by each squad where the infractions were seperate and not coincidental. Stars forward Vernon Fiddler was off the ice for a Boarding penalty called at 8:56 of the second period. On the ensuing power play opportunity, Sharks forward Logan Couture was called for Interference on the Goalkeeper at 9:05.

Thirty-four seconds later Pavelski scored during the 4-on-4 play. NHL rules on expiration criteria for minor penalties states that because there was no man-advantage during the play, both penalties continue to be served and 4-on-4 play remains. Here is an excerpt from the official rule book (Rule 16 - Minor Penalties) :

Minor penalty expiration criteria:

(i) Is the team scored against short-handed?

(ii) Is the team scored against serving a minor penalty on the clock?

The play did not meet the criteria and play resumed the same as it was before Pavelski's goal. To see a list of other possible scenerios related to man-advantage and short handed play, see this detailed table.


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POSTED ON Sunday, 04.01.2012 / 1:10 PM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp


On March 24 the Sharks Foundation hosted a "Shark for a Day" Fantasy Camp. The camp raises money for the Sharks Foundation and allows men and women to play out a life long dream of skating through the infamous Shark head as a member of the San Jose Sharks hockey club. Below, Randy Lashinski shares his story from this year's camp.

DREAM COME TRUE

(From left to right) Curtis Brown, Ronnie Stern, Jeff Odgers, & Al Iafrate.
What is better than a pick-up or league game of adult hockey? In my opinion, there are two things. The first is teaching a group of children how to play hockey. This I do every Sunday morning with my six-year-old son and enjoy it as much as playing the game myself. The second is skating on HP Pavilion ice with legends like Al Iafrate, Jeff Odgers, Curtis Brown, Mike Ricci, Ronnie Stern, Jamie Baker and Dave Maley. This I did on Saturday, March 24 as part of the Sharks Foundation’s annual “Shark for a Day” Fantasy Camp.

Arriving at the Shark Tank at 7:00 AM Saturday morning to begin my journey with the other participants was a bit intimidating. I had so many thoughts running through my head. My friend Kenny Martin and I signed up for this adventure in December not knowing what to expect, but we were getting more and more excited as we entered the building and signed in. There was no turning back now.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.31.2012 / 12:59 PM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp



The Sharks and Stars are set to play in a pivital game on Saturday night. Here are the links you need to read before the game:

NOT JUST ANOTHER GAME, MURRAY IS QUESTIONABLE
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak says the coaches and players do not avoid looking at this game with greater importance. Pollak also spoke with Murray who will be a game-time decision to play depending on health.
[ Working the Corners ]

NIEMI VS LEHTONEN, SAN JOSE TRENDS WELL AGAINST DALLAS
CSN California writer Kevin Kurz talks about the Sharks previous stats against the Stars and highlights the potential goalie matchup between the two squads.
[ Sharks Talk ]

IT'S PLAYOFF SERIOUS BETWEEN DIVISION RIVALS
Dallas Morning News writer Mike Heika says there is no closer simulation to playoff hockey than in the next two games between the Sharks and Stars. Heika also highlights some of the storied history behind the division rivalry.
[ Dallas Morning News ]

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.29.2012 / 12:48 PM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp



With the Sharks and Pacific Division rival Coyotes set to face each other on Thursday night in Glendale, here are the links you need to read before the game:

MURRAY IS OUT AS WHITE TAKES HIS PLACE
Mercury News beat writer Mark Emmons reports that Douglas Murray will rest with a lower body injury sustained in the previous night's game against the Anaheim Ducks. Emmons also reports the defenseman Colin White will take his place int he lineup.
[ Working the Corners ]

THREE SPOTS, FOUR TEAMS
CSN California writer Ray Ratto shares his thoughts on who the Sharks need to beat in their remaining schedule to lock up a remaining playoff spot.
[ Sharks Talk ]

COYOTES HEALTHY FOR STRETCH RUN
The Arizona Republic beat reporter Jim Gintonio writes that the Sharks can expect to see a full and mostly healthy roster from the Coyotes after some key players have missed games due to injury and suspension.
[ The Arizona Republic ]

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.28.2012 / 1:41 PM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp


With the Sharks and Pacific Division rival Ducks set to face each other on Wednesday night in Anaheim, here are the links you need to read before the game:

GALIARDI TO PLAY, NIEMI TO MAKE 16TH CONSECUTIVE START
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that Sharks forward TJ Galiardi is expected to return to the lineup after missing some time due to injury. Kurz also reports the goaltender Antti Niemi will make his 16th straight start in the net.
[ Sharks Talk ]

GALIARDI LINE EXPECTED TO BRING SPEED, DUCKS WANT TO BE SPOILERS
TJ Galiardi told Mercury News beat writer David Pollak, "We all skate pretty well. The key for us is just getting behind their D and trying to get a good cycle going." Pollak also spoke with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau about the Sharks getting Anaheim's best effort despite playoff probabilities.
[ Working the Corners ]

DUCKS & SHARKS HAVE 'HATE FACTOR'
The Orange County Register reporter Jeff Miller spoke with Anaheim's head coach about the Ducks recent success against the Sharks this season. Boudreau attributed the play of his squad to possessing a "hate factor" for San Jose.
[ The Orange County Register ]

ANAHEIM HAS 'OBLIGATION' TO REST OF LEAGUE
The Orange County Register writer Eric Stephens focuses on Boudreau's comments about the Ducks having an obligation to teams still competing to put out the best lineup each night. Stephens also said Boudreau wants to avoid playing young guys just to give them minutes at this point in the year.
[ Ducks Blog ]

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

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.26.2012 / 12:00 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.

This week, The Daily Chomp spoke with Sharks forwards Daniel Winnik and Torrey Mitchell to answer your fan questions.


What was your first thought when you heard you where coming to the San Jose Sharks?
-Matt A.

Daniel Winnik: I was excited. They are a Stanley Cup contender every year and one thing that I was looking forward to doing was getting back in the post-season. To do that we have to make that push starting the next couple of weeks.

Torrey Mitchell: It was a dream come true. You work your entire life to get to that point, so it was exciting, fun, and nerve-racking all at once.


Who would you say is the biggest prankster on the team?
-Ryan M.

Daniel Winnik: I haven’t been able to figure it out yet but I hear there are always three culprits – Pavs, Jumbo, and Boyle. So far I’ve been safe and been able to avoid any tricks being played on me.

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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, 02.25.2012 / 12:54 PM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp

The Sharks and the Predators are set to face each other on Saturday night in Nashville. Here are the links you need to read before the game:

SHARKS LOOK TO STAY OUT OF THE BOX AGAINST PREDS
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that San Jose's focus as of late has been staying disciplined and it will need to remain that way against the Predators, the third least penalized team in the league.
[ Working the Corners ]

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz provides his pre-game blog that touches on the positives from a 2-1 win in Toronto, a need for secondary scoring outside of the Sharks top forwards, and stats for Antti Niemi vs Pekka Rinne in the nets.
[ Sharks Talk ]

PREDATORS' WILSON HAS SEEN PRODUCTION SPIKE
The Tennessean reporter Mike Organ covers the progress of Predators forward Colin Wilson in his third season with the team where he is looking to produce at higher levels and not let the "highs" and "lows" get the better of him.
[ The Tennessean ]

SATURDAY IN SMASHVILLE
NashvillePredators.com breaks down the storylines, matchups, and provides analysis heading in to tonight's game between the Sharks and Predators in Nashville.
[ Predators.NHL.com ]

SHARKS AND PREDATORS PREVIEW
Deborah Francisco of NHL.com previews San Jose at Nashville with series history notes, each team's perspective, and stats.
[ SJSharks.com ]

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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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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 11 8 3 0 31 21 16
2 NSH 9 6 1 2 23 17 14
3 VAN 10 7 3 0 34 29 14
4 LAK 10 6 2 2 24 18 14
5 SJS 12 6 4 2 38 34 14
6 CHI 10 6 3 1 27 19 13
7 MIN 9 6 3 0 31 17 12
8 CGY 11 5 4 2 27 24 12
9 STL 9 5 3 1 22 18 11
10 DAL 9 4 2 3 32 33 11
11 COL 11 3 4 4 27 32 10
12 WPG 10 4 5 1 20 26 9
13 EDM 10 4 5 1 27 36 9
14 ARI 9 3 5 1 22 34 7

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Burns 12 4 9 0 13
P. Marleau 12 4 8 0 12
J. Pavelski 12 5 6 5 11
L. Couture 12 5 6 -1 11
J. Thornton 12 3 8 4 11
T. Wingels 12 5 3 -1 8
M. Nieto 12 1 4 2 5
J. Braun 12 0 4 4 4
M. Vlasic 12 2 1 7 3
T. Hertl 12 2 1 0 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 1 2 1 .924 2.22
A. Niemi 5 2 1 .921 2.67
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