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Game Day Blog - Bruins @ Sharks - 3/22/2012

Thursday, 03.22.2012 / 3:41 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp
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Game Day Blog - Bruins @ Sharks - 3\/22\/2012


With the Sharks and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Bruins 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:

HANDZUS LIKELY TO RETURN
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told members of the media on Thursday morning that center Michal Handzus will likely make his return to the lineup and right wing Tommy Wingels will be a game-time decision.
[ SharksTV ]

McLELLAN: 'GO OUT AND PLAY FREE'
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports on comments from McLellan about letting go of some of the nervousness and playing loose. "It's not about one or two individuals carrying the weight of the team on its shoulders, it’s about distributing the weight evenly," he said.
[ Working the Corners ]

THORNTON: 'OUR FATE IS IN OUR HANDS'
ESPN.com hockey writer and TSN panelist Pierre LeBrun spoke to Sharks captain Joe Thornton on Thursday morning by phone. "We've got nine games left and fate rests in our hands, and that’s a good thing," Thornton told LeBrun.
[ ESPN.com ]

NIEMI VS. THOMAS
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that it will be Antti Niemi and Tim Thomas facing each other on Tuesday in a battle of the Stanley Cup winning goaltenders from the past two seasons.
[ Sharks Talk ]

999TH GAME FOR CHARA
Boston Globe beat writer Kevin Paul Dupont reports on Boston's line combinations, the Eastern Conference playoff picture and tonight's storylines including the 999th career game for Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.
[ Bruins Blog ]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Bruins staff writer Anthony Gulizia previews Thursday night's game as the Bruins open a rare late-season California road trip. The Bruins will face the Sharks tonight, then the Kings and Ducks on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
[ BostonBruins.com ]

WINGELS NOMINATED FOR MASTERTON
The San Jose chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association announced today that San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels has been selected as its 2012 nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
[ SJSHARKS.com ]

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

ACOLATSE HOPES PATH LEADS BACK TO SAN JOSE
Sharks defensive prospect and Bay Area native Sena Acolatse is the focus of AHL beat writer Mike Billings' feature.
[ TheAHL.com ]

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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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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