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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 ]

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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