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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 ANA 23 14 4 5 63 56 33
2 VAN 22 15 6 1 67 61 31
3 NSH 21 14 5 2 61 45 30
4 STL 22 14 6 2 59 46 30
5 CGY 23 13 8 2 73 64 28
6 LAK 22 11 6 5 60 53 27
7 CHI 21 12 8 1 63 44 25
8 WPG 23 11 9 3 49 53 25
9 MIN 20 12 8 0 58 44 24
10 SJS 23 10 9 4 62 64 24
11 DAL 22 9 9 4 64 74 22
12 COL 22 8 9 5 57 70 21
13 ARI 23 9 11 3 57 71 21
14 EDM 22 6 14 2 51 77 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Thornton 23 7 13 1 20
J. Pavelski 23 9 10 3 19
L. Couture 23 8 11 0 19
B. Burns 23 7 12 -7 19
P. Marleau 23 6 12 -4 18
T. Wingels 23 6 5 -3 11
T. Hertl 23 4 6 -1 10
M. Nieto 22 1 6 -1 7
J. Braun 23 0 7 8 7
M. Vlasic 23 2 4 10 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 2 2 1 .925 2.38
A. Niemi 7 6 3 .915 2.58
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