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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

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 65 41 17 7 193 178 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
12 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 65 32 28 14 60
L. Couture 65 22 33 1 55
J. Thornton 61 12 43 1 55
B. Burns 65 16 32 -1 48
P. Marleau 65 15 33 -14 48
T. Wingels 58 13 16 -3 29
T. Hertl 65 10 15 -1 25
M. Vlasic 60 8 12 14 20
M. Nieto 55 6 14 -8 20
J. Braun 54 1 19 7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 25 17 7 .913 2.61
A. Stalock 6 7 1 .904 2.66
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