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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 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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