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

Thursday, 01.5.2012 / 11:39 AM PT
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 ]

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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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