Winter Classic Update - 12/29/2011

Thursday, 12.29.2011 / 1:49 PM PT
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.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 236 226 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 248 201 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 232 208 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 229 189 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 242 222 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 231 201 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 230 210 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 241 216 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 220 205 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 261 260 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 219 227 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 228 232 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 198 283 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 170 272 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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