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

Friday, 12.20.2013 / 8:47 AM PT
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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 236 226 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 248 201 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 232 208 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 229 189 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 242 222 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 231 201 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 230 210 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 241 216 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 220 205 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 261 260 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 219 227 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 228 232 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 198 283 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 170 272 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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