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Game Day Blog - Predators @ Sharks - 3/15/2012

Thursday, 03.15.2012 / 1:20 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp


With the Sharks and the Predators 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:

HAVLAT ACTIVATED OFF INJURED RESERVE
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told members of the media on Thursday morning that the team has activated Marty Havlat off injured reserve and the San Jose forward is expected to play against Nashville.
[ SharksTV ]

NIEMI vs RINNE, LINE COMBINATIONS RE-WORKED
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that it will be Finnish countrymen Antti Niemi and Pekka Rinne in goal for their respective squads and talks with alternate captain Ryane Clowe on Marty Havlat's return from injury and how it may impact his line.
[ Working the Corners ]

SHARKS LOOKING TO SHOWCASE DEPTH
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports with comments from Ryane Clowe on San Jose showcasing their depth. Forward Tommy Wingels will remain out of the lineup (upper body, day-to-day).
[ Sharks Talk ]

SHARKS SIGN STALBERG
General Manager Doug Wilson announced Wednesday that the club has signed college free agent forward Sebastian Stalberg to a two-year entry level contract. The University of Vermont standout is the younger brother of Chicago Blackhawks forward Victor Stalberg.
[ SJSHARKS.com ]

PREDATORS OPEN THREE-GAME CALIFORNIA SWING
NashvillePredators.com looks at tonight's storylines, quick hits, and Nashville's balanced scoring attack. The Sharks are 1-2-0 against the Predators in their three previous meetings this season.
[ NashvillePredators.com ]

PREDATORS KILLER HAVLAT BACK AFTER 39 GAME ABSENCE
The Tennessean beat writer Josh Cooper talks about forward Marty Havlat's return to the lineup for San Jose including quotes from former teammate Mike Fisher on what made the forward so dynamic when the two played together in Ottawa.
[ Predators Insider ]

SHARKS AND PREDATORS PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Eric Goodman previews Thursday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]

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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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Marleau 3 3 2 4 5
J. Pavelski 3 1 4 3 5
M. Nieto 3 1 3 4 4
J. Thornton 3 2 1 0 3
B. Burns 3 2 1 0 3
T. Hertl 3 2 1 -1 3
M. Vlasic 3 1 2 2 3
L. Couture 3 1 2 5 3
D. Boyle 3 0 3 0 3
J. Sheppard 3 0 3 1 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 3 0 0 .912 2.58
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