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Game Day Blog - Sharks @ Avalanche - 12/13/2011

Tuesday, 12.13.2011 / 10:55 AM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp
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Game Day Blog - Sharks @ Avalanche - 12\/13\/2011


**REMINDER** Since today is a Versus exclusive telecast, the only local broadcast will be available exclusively on Classic Rock KFOX and on San Jose Sharks Radio Network affiliate stations.

KFOX coverage begins today at 6:00 PM with Coach's Chalkboard, and affiliate coverage begins at 5:30 PM (all times Pacific). People can find an affiliate by going to www.sjsharksradio.net for stations and schedules.


With the Sharks and the Avalanche set to face each other on Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver, here are the links you need to read before the game:

NITTY ACTIVATED, OFF TO WORCESTER ON CONDITIONING ASSIGNMENT
Sharks GM Doug Wilson announced on Monday that the club activated goaltender Antero Niittymaki from his previous designation on the non-roster (injury) player list and sent him to the Worcester Sharks on a conditioning assignment. In another transaction, defenseman Jim Vandermeer has been placed on Injured Reserve.
SJSHARKS.com ]

DESJARDINS FINED BY NHL
The NHL's Department of Player Safety announced Monday that it has fined Sharks center Andrew Desjardins $2,500 for boarding Blackhawks defenseman Sami Lepisto on Sunday night.
SJSHARKS.com ]

SAME LINEUP LIKELY
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports on the unscheduled Sharks day off on Monday in Denver and the benefits of taking time away from the rink. Including Tuesday night's game, the Sharks will have played four times in six nights.
[ Working the Corners ]

NIEMI BACK IN NET
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that Antti NIemi will make his fifth start in eight nights. Read his game day blog 'What to Watch For' on Sharks Talk.
[ Sharks Talk ]

SHARKS AND AVS PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Deborah Francisco previews Tuesday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]

STASTNY SET TO RETURN
Denver Post beat writer Adrian Dater reports Avalanche forward Paul Stastny will return to the lineup, but forward Chuck Kobasew will be out and defenseman Ryan Wilson was placed on IR.
[ Denver Post ]

BROTHER VS. BROTHER
Sharks prospect Freddie Hamilton (5th round, 129th overall in 2010) was listed on a different team than his younger brother, Bruins prospect Dougie Hamilton, at Canada's World Junior Championship selection camp over the weekend.
[ TSN.ca ]

FORMER SHARKS DRAFT PICK TRADED
The Devils acquired defenseman Kurtis Foster and former Sharks goaltending prospect Timo Pielmeier from the Ducks on Monday in exchange for center Rod Pelley, defenseman Mark Fraser and a 7th round draft pick..
[ NHL.com ]

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
2 ANA 75 46 22 7 219 211 99
3 NSH 74 45 21 8 211 178 98
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 73 43 26 4 211 195 90
7 WPG 74 38 24 12 207 195 88
8 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
9 LAK 73 36 23 14 196 182 86
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 73 35 30 8 201 206 78
12 COL 73 33 28 12 196 205 78
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 74 22 44 8 154 246 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 73 35 31 11 66
J. Thornton 69 14 48 -3 62
L. Couture 73 23 35 -6 58
B. Burns 73 16 37 -4 53
P. Marleau 73 15 34 -19 49
T. Wingels 66 15 18 -5 33
T. Hertl 73 12 16 -3 28
M. Nieto 63 7 16 -11 23
M. Vlasic 68 8 14 10 22
M. Karlsson 44 13 8 -1 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 28 22 7 .914 2.60
A. Stalock 6 7 1 .903 2.65
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