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Frank's Thought of the Day - 12/20/2013

Friday, 12.20.2013 / 11:47 AM
By Frank Albin - Director of Broadcasting / Great White Bites
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Holiday Wish List

It’s the Holiday Season and regardless of your religion or family custom it’s fun to give and receive and Holiday gifts…. Here are a few goodies and a couple lumps of coal to consider.

Gary Bettman… wants more healthy franchises and continued growth of the NHL game.

Canadians…want Santa to bring them another Olympic Gold Medal.

The Red Wings… are asking the guy in the red suit for a few more wins on their home ice of Joe Louis Arena.

Sharkie… dreams of more happy fans to joust with on the SAP Center concourse.

Joe Thornton… can’t wait for more open teammates around the net to receive his precision passes.

Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (the Great 8) …wishes for more clear shots in his quest for 50 goals in 50 games. Currently Ovie has 28 goals in 32 games.

NHL and hockey fans everywhere… are politely asking for a cold day with a light snow in Ann Arbor, Michigan on New Year’s Day. That’s the date of the NHL Winter Classic when the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs clash in the Big House.

The Sharks… are asking good news and for continued production from their top NHL rookie Tomas Hertl.

Kids everywhere… are excited about hockey gifts under the Christmas tree on December 25th. NHL jerseys, stocking hats and mini zambonis will be opened at happy living rooms around the world.

USA Hockey fans … have asked Santa for another Gold Medal game against Team Canada. USA fell in overtime of the 2010 Gold Medal at Vancouver and have revenge on their minds.

Kings fans… are wishing for a speedy recovery of their franchise net-minder Jonathan Quick… in the meanwhile Martin Jones looks like an expensive gift.

Logan Couture hopes to find a bundle of goals under the tree Xmas morning.

Bay Area youth hockey players… are dreaming of the fun they’ll have at their holiday tournaments.

College students returning home for the holidays… have asked Kris Kringle for Sharks tickets to share games with family and friends.

NHL players who hit from behind near the boards… will most certainly find coal in their stockings.

Raffi Torres… is hoping St. Nick brings him a full recovery from his knee injury.

Sharks GM Doug Wilson is asking the fat happy guy from up north for another great deadline deal to help power a strong playoff push.

The Sharks hope you enjoyed their Holiday Card video.

Some referees … may find that the sleigh won’t stop at their homes this year.

The boys in Worcester hope the New Year brings more call ups to the NHL.

Kids who live in cold climates are asking that cold weather and a fresh sheet of ice in the backyard.

Baseball fans might get some thrills watching outdoor hockey in two cathedrals of the game… Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium.

Santa might have a hard time finding a chimney at SAP Center, but fans will get the gift of four home games between December 21st and January 2nd.

Patrick Marleau is asking for 1,200 more games in a San Jose sweater.

Fans from the Cow Palace days have again asked for a late Xmas gift… one that includes a big silver cup in June.

The Sharks broadcast guys… Dan, Randy, Drew, Jamie, Sean, Darin and I wish Sharks fans everywhere a safe and happy holiday season.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 48 24 18 10 42
L. Couture 48 18 24 2 42
J. Thornton 44 10 27 0 37
B. Burns 48 11 24 -6 35
P. Marleau 48 9 24 -10 33
T. Wingels 47 11 14 -2 25
J. Braun 47 1 18 4 19
T. Hertl 48 8 9 -2 17
M. Vlasic 47 6 10 13 16
J. Sheppard 42 4 9 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 19 11 5 .912 2.57
A. Stalock 5 5 1 .905 2.65
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