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Game Day Blog - Sharks @ Blue Jackets - 2/21/2012

Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 12:30 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp
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Game Day Blog - Sharks @ Blue Jackets - 2\/21\/2012

With the Sharks and the Blue Jackets set to face each other on Tuesday night in Columbus, here are the links you need to read before the game:

VLASIC WILL PLAY, WILL WEAR FULL CAGE
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic will be in the lineup tonight, albeit with a full cage to protect his face after taking a puck up high during Sunday's 3-2 loss at Detroit and forward Torrey Mitchell may be out of the lineup.
[ Working the Corners ]

NIEMI TO START, WILL BAD BLOOD BETWEEN TEAMS CONTINUE?
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that it will be Antti Niemi in goal and talked with Andrew Desjardins (receiving end of a hit by Dane Byers that resulted in a suspension) and Dan Boyle (near fight with Rick Nash on Jan. 5, fight with Derick Brassard on Jan. 31) about the continued nastiness in the meetings between these two teams.
[ Sharks Talk ]

BLACKWELL NAMED WALTER BROWN AWARD SEMI-FINALIST
Sharks prospect Colin Blackwell (7th round, 194th overall in 2011) was among the 21 Division I players named semi-finalists for the 60th Walter Brown Award on Monday. The award is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.
[ USCHO.com ]

COLUMBUS WAITING TO HEAR RIGHT OFFER
Columbus Blue Jackets beat writer Aaron Portzline reports that GM Scott Howson has met with several Eastern Conference GMs inquiring about Rick Nash's services, but the Blue Jackets executive has not yet found the deal he is looking for to move his team captain Rick Nash.
[ Blue Jackets Xtra ]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
BlueJackets.com writer Rob Mixer reports that defenseman Nikita Nikitin has been actived off injured reserve and will return to the lineup against the Sharks, right wing Jared Boll has been placed on IR, and Steve Mason will get the start in goal.
[ BlueJackets.com ]

SHARKS AND BLUE JACKETS PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Davis Harper previews Tuesday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]

SCHEDULE

HOME
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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