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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 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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