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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 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 49 31 16 2 155 113 64
5 WPG 51 26 17 8 142 132 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 49 21 16 12 134 132 54
10 DAL 49 23 19 7 157 159 53
11 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 49 17 26 6 113 168 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 49 25 18 9 43
L. Couture 49 18 25 4 43
J. Thornton 45 10 29 0 39
B. Burns 49 11 25 -5 36
P. Marleau 49 10 25 -8 35
T. Wingels 47 11 14 -2 25
T. Hertl 49 8 11 -1 19
J. Braun 47 1 18 4 19
M. Vlasic 48 6 10 15 16
J. Sheppard 43 5 10 -1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 11 5 .911 2.58
A. Stalock 5 5 1 .905 2.65
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