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

Thursday, 02.2.2012 / 9:59 AM PT
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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 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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