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News, Notes and Hockey Insights - 4/17/2013

Wednesday, 04.17.2013 / 12:00 PM
By Frank Albin - Director of Broadcasting / The Daily Chomp
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News, Notes and Hockey Insights - 4\/17\/2013

It’s been a sprint of an NHL season so far. The lockout shortened schedule has presented challenges to all 30 teams in the league. By season’s end, a week from Saturday, the Sharks will have played 48 games in 98 days. There will have been 31 flights totaling 28,167 air miles. There are 52 days dedicated to play 24 games on the road.

On top of game day morning skates the Sharks have had 31 non-game day practices.

A normal regular season is comprised 82 games spread over roughly 184 days.

Since the starting bell rang on January 20, it’s felt like NHL clubs hit the ground running. With just under two weeks remaining the 10 playoff spots are still up for grabs. The first round matchups most likely won’t be clear until the last day of the season.

It’s been a season of ups and downs for the Sharks. When they’ve looked good, they have look very good. When they play and east-west game and pass up on shooting opportunity they have had problems. The club’s recent success can be attributed a renewed effort to play a north-south game, with all twelve forwards making a difference.

Antti Niemi has been solid as any goaltender in the league. He’s been chased from the crease on a couple of occasions, but more often he’s been rock solid, keeping San Jose in the game. Heading toward the playoffs, remember Niemi has won a cup. He’s been there, backstopping the Blackhawks to the 16 wins necessary for capture the title. To a man, Sharks players and coaches have the utmost confidence in Niemi’s ability to get the job done.

Heading into the Western Playoffs, Chicago will most certainly be the favorite. They have been outstanding all season. Their lineup and depth is perhaps the best in hockey. Can they be beaten? Most certainly!

The beauty of the Stanley Cup playoff is all 16 qualifying teams start on equal ground. Last season, the LA Kings steamrolled its way to the championship. Their Hollywood story of clinching 8th spot late in the year, yet winning the cup will give hope to all 16 qualifiers.

As we head toward the end of the regular season, it should be a finish to remember. Should the Sharks play the way we know they can, the sky is the limit.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 33 22 9 2 102 67 46
3 STL 33 21 9 3 100 81 45
4 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
5 SJS 34 19 11 4 97 87 42
6 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
7 WPG 33 17 10 6 80 76 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 31 13 13 5 89 104 31
12 COL 32 11 13 8 83 100 30
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 33 7 20 6 69 110 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Couture 34 13 16 4 29
J. Thornton 34 8 21 2 29
J. Pavelski 34 15 13 5 28
P. Marleau 34 7 20 -1 27
B. Burns 34 10 16 -2 26
T. Wingels 34 9 14 1 23
T. Hertl 34 7 7 -3 14
J. Braun 34 1 12 7 13
M. Vlasic 33 4 6 12 10
J. Sheppard 28 4 6 0 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 4 3 1 .926 2.12
A. Niemi 14 7 3 .917 2.42
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