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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 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 65 32 28 14 60
L. Couture 65 22 33 1 55
J. Thornton 61 12 43 1 55
B. Burns 65 16 32 -1 48
P. Marleau 65 15 33 -14 48
T. Wingels 58 13 16 -3 29
T. Hertl 65 10 15 -1 25
M. Vlasic 60 8 12 14 20
M. Nieto 55 6 14 -8 20
J. Braun 54 1 19 7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 25 17 7 .913 2.61
A. Stalock 6 7 1 .904 2.66
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