Game Day Blog - Blue Jackets @ Sharks - 1/5/2012

Thursday, 01.05.2012 / 2:39 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp
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Game Day Blog - Blue Jackets @ Sharks - 1\/5\/2012


With the Sharks and the Blue Jackets set to face each other on Thursday night at HP Pavilion at San Jose, here are the links you need to read before the game:

GREISS TO START, NIEMI TO BACKUP
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told the media this morning that goaltender Thomas Greiss will be making the start in net and that "there's a good chance we'll see" recently recalled forward Tommy Wingels in the lineup tonight.
[ SharksTV ]

KFOX LOCKER ROOM
Sharks radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky talks with right wing Andrew Murray about playing his former squad in the Columbus Blue Jackets and the team's outlook playing the second game of back-to-backs.
[ SharksTV ]

EX-SHARK NAMED ALL-STAR STARTER
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports, with help from Mark Emmons, on Greiss getting the call in goal, former Shark Milan Michalek voted as a starter to the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, and how Wingels could factor in the Sharks lineup tonight.
[ Working the Corners ]

SIZING UP THIRD PERIOD SCORING
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reporting on Columbus' goal differential in the third period and, by comparison, San Jose's goal scoring in the third period. Read his game day blog 'What to Watch For' on Sharks Talk.
[ Sharks Talk ]

TOUGH YEAR FOR NASH
Columbus Dispatch beat writer Aaron Portzline reports on Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash, who recently described this season as the toughest of his career. Nash, a close friend of Sharks captain Joe Thornton, is in the second year of an eight-year contract with Columbus.
[ Blue Jackets Xtra ]

ROLE OF NIEMI PLAYED BY SHREK?
Yahoo! Blogger Greg Wyshynski with the story of Blackhawks superfan Frank Saracco, who had a friend create a cartoon mural of Chicago's 2010 Stanley Cup Championship for his daughter's birthday. The cartoon character selected to play the role of current Sharks goaltender, then Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi? Shrek.
[ Puck Daddy ]

SHARKS AND BLUE JACKETS PREVIEW
NHL.com columnist John Kreiser previews Thursday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 76 36 31 9 67
L. Couture 76 25 37 -4 62
J. Thornton 72 14 48 -5 62
B. Burns 76 16 40 -6 56
P. Marleau 76 17 36 -17 53
T. Wingels 69 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 76 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 66 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
J. Braun 65 1 22 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 2 .905 2.55
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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