Game Day Blog - Red Wings @ Sharks - 3/17/2012

Saturday, 03.17.2012 / 4:24 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp
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Game Day Blog - Red Wings @ Sharks - 3\/17\/2012


With the Sharks and the Red Wings set to face each other on Saturday night at HP Pavilion at San Jose, here are the links you need to read before the game:

WINGELS OUT, NO LINEUP CHANGES (HEALTH PERMITTING)
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told members of the media on Saturday morning that the Sharks will stick with the same lineup that defeated the Nashville Predators in a shootout, 2-1, on Thursday night if health permits.
[ SharksTV ]

PLAYERS' AND COACH'S PERSPECTIVE ON PACIFIC PURSUIT
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports on San Jose's Pacific Division title pursuit with interesting perspective from both head coach Todd McLellan and alternate captain Dan Boyle.
[ Working the Corners ]

NIEMI TO START 10TH STRAIGHT
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi will make his 10th consecutive start when the San Jose hosts Detroit on St. Patrick's Day on Saturday night.
[ Sharks Talk ]

FRANZEN, LIDSTROM OUT, DATSYUK RETURNS, HOWARD STARTS
MLive.com beat writer Ansar Khan reports that center Pavel Datsyuk will return to the lineup, but forward Johan Franzen (back) and captain Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle) will miss the game. Goaltender Jimmy Howard will get the start.
[ MLive.com ]

BABCOCK: 'THERE'S NO ONE WHO SHOULD BE MORE DESPERATE THAN US'
DetroitRedWings.com managing editor Bill Roose reports from Detroit's practice on Friday at Sharks Ice with comments from head coach Mike Babcock. "If you’re playing well and everything is going good, maybe they could be more desperate. But if you’re a group like we are right now and you’re trying to get your game back, to me, there’s no one who should be more desperate than us.”
[ The Wheel Deal ]

A MESSAGE FROM THE SHARKS AND THE OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY
Sharks captain Joe Thornton with a message on behalf of The California Office of Traffic Safety and the San Jose Sharks. Please remember to designate a sober driver this St. Patrick's Day.
[ SharksTV ]

SHARKS AND RED WINGS PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Matthew Mankiewich previews Saturday night'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 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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