Game Day Blog - Sharks @ Stars - 3/8/2012

Thursday, 03.8.2012 / 9:47 AM PT
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp
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Game Day Blog - Sharks @ Stars - 3\/8\/2012

With the Sharks and the Stars set to face each other in a crucial Pacific Division tilt on Thursday night in Dallas, here are the links you need to read before the game:

NIEMI IN GOAL, McLELLAN ON IMPORTANCE OF THURSDAY'S GAME
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that it will be Antti Niemi in goal and there could be some lineup changes at game time. His blog also includes quality insight from key players on in both locker rooms.
[ Sharks Talk ]

LEHTONEN TO START, MOORE LIKELY USED IN SHUTDOWN ROLE
CSN Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz reports that Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars and talks with Sharks center Dominic Moore about his likely defensive assignment against the Eriksson-Ribeiro-Ryder line which has scored a staggering 31 points during their 7-0-1 run.
[ Sharks Talk ]

NO LINEUP CHANGES FOR DALLAS
Stars beat writer Mike Heika reports that Dallas will not make any lineup changes following their 5-2 victory in Vancouver on Tuesday night. Check out his blog for Dallas' projected lines.
[ The Dallas Morning News ]

DARYL 'SIX SHADES' REAUGH AND HIS GAME PREVIEW
FS Southwest and CBC color analyst Daryl Reaugh checks in with a highly entertaining preview of Tuesday night's game. 'Razor' touches on the previous meeting between the two teams and the Pacific Division race. Courtesy of Stars TV.
[ StarsTV ]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
'Star Gazing', the regular feature on DallasStars.com lists the five things to watch and the three Stars players to watch. The Sharks trail the Pacific Division-leading Stars by three points entering Thursday night's action.
[ Star Gazing ]

SHARKS AND STARS PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Dave Lozo previews Thursay'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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