Game Day Blog - Stars @ Sharks - 2/2/2012

Thursday, 02.02.2012 / 12:59 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp
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Game Day Blog - Stars @ Sharks - 2\/2\/2012

With the Sharks and the Stars 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:

SHARKS GOALTENDER SHUFFLE
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told the media this morning that goaltender Antti Niemi will not play or backup after being struck by a puck in practice on Wednesday, Thomas Greiss will start, AHL All-Star goaltender Tyson Sexsmith has been recalled and will backup, and Antero Niittymaki has been assigned to Worcester to play some games.
[ SharksTV ]

DEMERS TO INJURED RESERVE, WAS IT RICCI ON THE ICY KNOLL?
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reported earlier on Niemi's minor injury with a quote from the goaltender himself with insight as to who the shooter of the puck may have been.
[ Working the Corners ]

T-PLUSH DOES HOCKEY
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and Bay Area native Nyjer Morgan (a.k.a. Tony Plush) skated with the Sharks at Wednesday's practice. Morgan, the self-proclaimed die-hard Sharks fan, was a very good hockey player growing up, making it all the way to the top Canadian junior level before switching his focus to baseball.
[ SJSHARKS.com ]

TRADE DEADLINE NEARS
CSN California columnist Ray Ratto analyzes the quickly approaching trade deadline and hints at some of the teams that may be positioning themselves as buyers at the Feb. 27 date.
[ Sharks Talk ]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Dallas Morning News beat writer Mike Heika reports that Stars goaltender Richard Bachman is expected to start and chimes in with a good note on Dallas' record in the second game of back-to-backs (0-7-1).
[ SportsDayDFW ]

STAR GAZING
The Official Website of the Dallas Stars checks in with their gameday 'Star Gazing' feature, including the five things to watch and the opponents they think you should be watching.
[ DallasStars.com ]

SHARKS AND STARS PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Brian Compton previews Thursday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]

SCHEDULE

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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 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
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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