Game Day Blog - Sharks @ Coyotes - 3/10/2012

Saturday, 03.10.2012 / 10:21 AM PT
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp
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Game Day Blog - Sharks @ Coyotes - 3\/10\/2012

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

NIEMI STARTS, POSSIBLE RETURN TO LINEUP FOR GALIARDI
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports Antti Niemi will start and indicates that forward TJ Galiardi is likely to return after not being in the lineup on Thursday night in Dallas. Both the Sharks (0-2-2) and the Coyotes (0-4-1) are looking for their first victories in the month of March.
[ Working the Corners ]

CLOWE: START IS KEY, HAVE TO GET THE FIRST GOAL
CSN Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz reports on comments from alternate captain Ryane Clowe on the importance of scoring first against a defensively responsible Coyotes squad. In other news, goaltender Mike Smith is expected to start opposite of Niemi.
[ Sharks Talk ]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Phoenix Coyotes writer Dave Vest previews the game including quotes from Phoenix coach Dave Tippett on both teams being "desperate for points" after watching Dallas grab hold of the Pacific Division lead. Defenseman Rosty Klesla is probable, center Martin Hanzal is doubtful.
[ PhoenixCoyotes.com ]

'LOW-KEY' PRACTICE ON FRIDAY FOR 'YOTES
Arizona Republic beat writer Jim Gintonio reports on Phoenix's "low-key" practice on Friday, looking for solutions in the midst of a five-game winless streak. The Sharks are in the midst of a winless streak as well, currently at four games since beating the Flyers 1-0 on Feb. 28 in San Jose.
[ azcentral.com ]

SHARKS AND COYOTES PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Deborah Francisco previews Saturday'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 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 236 226 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 248 201 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 232 208 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 229 189 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 242 222 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 231 201 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 230 210 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 241 216 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 220 205 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 261 260 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 219 227 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 228 232 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 198 283 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 170 272 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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