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Game Day Blog - Sharks @ Ducks - 1/4/2012

Wednesday, 01.04.2012 / 2:49 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp
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Game Day Blog - Sharks @ Ducks - 1\/4\/2012


With the Sharks and the Ducks set to face each other on Wednesday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, here are the links you need to read before the game:

COSMIC COINCIDENCE? BLAKE SLATED TO RETURN
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports on Ducks forward Jason Blake's expected return to the Anaheim lineup after missing 34 games due to a freak skate laceration injury, and a possible recall in the near future for San Jose.
[ Working the Corners ]

FIRST GOAL LOOMS LARGE
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports on the importance of scoring the first goal against the Ducks, and the Niemi vs. Hiller matchup. Read his game day blog 'What to Watch For' on Sharks Talk.
[ Sharks Talk ]

DUCKS TOP LINE REUNITED
OC Register beat writer Eric Stephens reporting on the Getzlaf-Perry-Ryan line being reunited at practice on Tuesday after skating apart during Anaheim's 4-2 loss on New Year's Eve to the Colorado Avalanche.
[ Ducks Blog ]

IRWIN, SEXSMITH NAMED TO THE 2012 AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC
Worcester Sharks defenseman Matt Irwin and goaltender Tyson Sexsmith will represent the Sharks organization in Atlantic City from Jan. 29-30 as they were named to the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic on Wednesday. Ducks prospect Kyle Palmieri (Syracuse Crunch) was also named to the squad.
[ SharksAHL.com ]

TIME FOR DUCKS TO TRADE GETZLAF?
OC Register columnist Jeff Miller with an interesting (and likely unpopular) take. Is this a legitimate proposition or journalistic sensationalism?
[ OC Register ]

TEAMMATES McLELLAN AND BOUDREAU
If you missed Rusanowsky's blog 'Dan's View from Center Ice' yesterday, be sure to give it a second look. In this installment, Dan digs up photos of Sharks head coach Todd McLellan and Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau as teammates for the Springfield Indians. Great stuff.
[ The Daily Chomp ]

MITCHELL NAMED 'ALUM OF THE MONTH' AT HIS PREP SCHOOL
Sharks forward Torrey Mitchell was named the "Alum of the Month" for January 2012 by the prestigious Hotchkiss School, a college preparatory institution in Lakeville, Connecticut.
[ The Hotchkiss School ]

SHARKS AND DUCKS PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Davis Harper previews Monday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ 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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