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Winter Classic Update - 12/29/2011

Thursday, 12.29.2011 / 4:49 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp
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Winter Classic Update - 12\/29\/2011



With four days in between games against Vancouver, the San Jose Sharks had the day off on Thursday to rest following their six-game homestand. No rest for the Canucks however as they head to Southern California to face both the Ducks (Dec. 29) and Kings (Dec. 31) before the calendar turns over to 2012. The Sharks and Canucks renew their rivalry on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 in Vancouver, ushering in the NBC Sports Network (formerly VERUS) with the debut broadcast on the rebranded sports channel.

So with the day free to talk about anything hockey related, we can take a moment to talk about that other game on Monday, Jan. 2, the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Here's an update on the progress of the rink build at Citzens Bank Park in Philadelphia, courtesy of Dan Rosen from NHL.com. He reports on the ice markings being painted despite some unpredictable weather delays in his Winter Classic Blog.

It wasn't until 2:30 p.m. that the crew started to lift the tarps off the ice and bring the hoses back out. A late cloud cover and the changing angle of the sun made it possible to get water back on the ice surface at that point.

"All we'll get in today is 10 hours of build time and then we'll have to come back tomorrow morning and put in the other six," Craig said. "I need it set by 11 o'clock in the morning because our media game is at noon."

It's a marvel of modern engineering really that they're even able to build ice in the locations and under the conditions that they do. And as you can tell from the time lapse at the top of the screen, it's an "all hands on deck" project.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 65 41 17 7 193 178 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
12 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 65 32 28 14 60
L. Couture 65 22 33 1 55
J. Thornton 61 12 43 1 55
B. Burns 65 16 32 -1 48
P. Marleau 65 15 33 -14 48
T. Wingels 58 13 16 -3 29
T. Hertl 65 10 15 -1 25
M. Vlasic 60 8 12 14 20
M. Nieto 55 6 14 -8 20
J. Braun 54 1 19 7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 25 17 7 .913 2.61
A. Stalock 6 7 1 .904 2.66
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