Game Day Blog - Stars @ Sharks - 12/8/2011

Thursday, 12.8.2011 / 11:05 AM PT
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp
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Game Day Blog - Stars @ Sharks - 12\/8\/2011


With the Sharks and the Stars set to face each other on Thursday night at HP Pavilion at San Jose, here are the links you need to read before the game:

MURRAY MISSES HIS SECOND STRAIGHT, WHITE RETURNS TO THE LINEUP
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told the media this morning that defensemen Douglas Murray and Jim Vandermeer would not be available for Thursday's game against the Stars. Colin White returns to the lineup.
[ SharksTV ]

KFOX LOCKER ROOM
Sharks radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky talks with left wing Brad Winchester, who will start tonight skating on San Jose's top line with captain Joe Thornton and good friend Joe Pavelski.
[ SharksTV ]

SPECIAL TEAMS FLOUNDERING?
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports from the morning skate on Thursday's lineup changes and McLellan's thoughts on San Jose's recent play on special teams.
Working the Corners ]

RIVALRY RENEWED, UNTIL REALIGNMENT
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports on the budding Sharks-Stars rivalry that has just five remaining meetings, the first of three this season at HP Pavilion coming tonight, before conference realignment kicks in for the 2012-13 NHL campaign. Read his game day blog 'What to Watch For' on Sharks Talk.
[ Sharks Talk ]

SWIMMING WITH SHARKS
The affable Stars TV analyst Daryl Reaugh, now of 'Hockey Night in Canada' fame, blogs on the only thing he'll miss about the Pacific Division after realignment: the San Jose Sharks and their crack Media Relations staff.
[ Razor with an Edge ]

'ABRASIVE' ADDITION
Chris Lomon of NHLPA.com's feature from Wednesday on Sharks defenseman Brent Burns.
[ NHLPA.com ]

SHARKS AND STARS PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Matthew Mankiewich previews Thursday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]

MORROW, GOLIGOSKI ACTIVATED OFF IR
Dallas has activated captain Brendan Morrow and defenseman Alex Goligoski off injured reserve after missing six and 11 games, respectively.
[ DallasStars.com ]

FISTRIC SUSPENDED, BARCH TRADED
Goligoski's return will certainly help offset the loss of defenseman Mark Fistric, who was suspended by the NHL for three games for a charging incident last Saturday against the New York Islanders. In other news enforcer Krys Barch, who fought both Jim Vandermeer and Ryane Clowe back on Nov. 19, was traded to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday.
[ ESPNDallas.com ]

STAR GAZING
The Dallas Stars Media Relations department offers their five things to watch for on Thursday night.
[ DallasStars.com ]

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

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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