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

Thursday, 03.22.2012 / 12:41 PM PT
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
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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