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

Wednesday, 01.4.2012 / 11:49 AM PT
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp
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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 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 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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