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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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AWAY
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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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